A U.S. House committee voted to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in scrutinizing Tea Party groups seeking tax exemptions.
Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner engaged in an “aggressive and improper pursuit” of Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a nonprofit political group advised by Republican Karl Rove, according to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The House Ways and Means Committee plans to send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying former IRS executive Lois Lerner should be prosecuted for violating taxpayers’ rights, misleading investigators and disclosing taxpayers’ private information, a House aide said.
Lois Lerner, who oversaw the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups, was looking for someone from every branch of government to help resolve the issue that eventually cost her job.
Republican Representative Darrell Issa has many questions he wants President Barack Obama’s administration to answer: Why wasn’t more security outside the Benghazi consulate? Is the White House encouraging federal contractors to flout the law by not sending pre-election layoff warnings to workers who may lose their jobs to spending cuts?
Representative Darrell Issa questioned the legitimacy of a U.S. criminal investigation into the screening of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service, saying that anonymous leaks had harmed the inquiry.