Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has announced that his Government Oversight Committee will hold the first contempt vote against Lois Lerner this week. By this time next week, Lois Lerner could finally be in jail!
This is a huge development!
On Thursday April 10, the House Oversight Committee is scheduled to decide whether Lois Lerner’s refusal to testify warrants formal contempt charges.
Even Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who was originally skeptical of using contempt charges to compel testimony, is now completely behind the strategy. Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, has announced that the Speaker supports contempt charges “unless she testifie[s] honestly and fully.”
The Democrats, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), are doing everything in their power to stop the vote from ever taking place. They realize that the full weight of the United States Congress is about to come down on Lois Lerner and she will be thrown in jail until she answers the committee’s questions! Rather than admitting that the Obama administration was wrong to target Conservative non-profit groups, the Democrats still protect Lerner and they promise to continue to do so!
As you know, Lois Lerner was the Obama administration bureaucrat at the heart of the IRS targeting scandal that broke last year. She was at the center of the division that was behind the targeting and the evidence shows that not only was the targeting program malicious, but it was an attempt to reintroduce the recently overturned liberal campaign finance laws.
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United vs. FEC that the Federal Government cannot prohibit organizations from paying to engage in the political process. Since it costs money to run campaign ads, any prohibition on election spending would be seen as a violation of the organization’s First Amendment rights.
Barack Obama chastised the Supreme Court justices for this decision during his State of the Union address and vowed to find ways around it. The IRS targeting scandal was the Obama administration’s way of trying to circumvent that Supreme Court ruling.
Just last week, the Supreme Court expanded on this ruling in McCutcheon vs. FEC, striking down the law that limits how many politicians an individual can donate to in an election year (yes, there was actually a law limiting that). Once again, the Left has promised to do everything in their power to get around the Supreme Court ruling.
The Obama administration just hasn’t learned its lesson. Congress sits poised to hold a top bureaucrat in contempt for her role in trying to take the law into her own hands and what does the Left do? They have promised to circumvent yet another Supreme Court ruling!
They just don’t learn!
At the heart of this, however, is the debate over whether your First Amendment rights matter. As long as bureaucrats like Lois Lerner are allowed to target individuals and organizations based on their political beliefs, the First Amendment will continue to be in jeopardy!
As long as Lois Lerner is allowed to plead the Fifth and conceal the White House’s involvement in the scandal, we will continue to have a White House filled with criminals bent on silencing YOU!
It really is simple. Lois Lerner not only lied to the committee in her brief opening statement, but she has refused to testify not once, but twice!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I will defend every one of our Constitutional rights to the end. The Fifth Amendment is absolutely essential to our liberty because it prevents a tyrannical government from forcing us to implicate ourselves in a crime.
But the Lois Lerner case is different. First, she gave a brief statement to the committee announcing her innocence. Then, when the questions started coming in, she began to assert her right to remain silent… the same right she had already waived by giving an opening statement!
One of two things is true. Either Barack Obama lied to the American people when he promised there wasn’t even a “smidgen of corruption” and there actually is widespread corruption in the IRS (in which case Lois Lerner’s decision to plead the Fifth would be justified), OR there really is nothing there and Lois Lerner’s decision to plead the Fifth is nothing but a frivolous attempt to stonewall the Congressional investigation!
There is no middle ground… It is one or the other!
The evidence shows, however, that Lois Lerner knew what she was doing and she deliberately targeted non-profit applications from Conservative groups! Every minute she is allowed to taunt the court with her silence is another minute that the IRS and the White House are allowed to target you, your family, and anyone else who believes in freedom and limited government!
On Thursday, there will finally be a vote in the House Government Oversight Committee on whether to hold Lois Lerner in Contempt. We need EVERY Republican to vote in favor of contempt charges. Then, within days we could see a full vote on the House floor.
If all goes well, by this time next week, Lois Lerner will be in a Capital prison! But we can’t afford to let up now! We all must do our part to force Congress to finally hold Lois Lerner in contempt in order to get to the bottom of this horrible scandal!