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May 07, 2014

House Holds Ex-IRS Official in Contempt

The House of Representatives "voted to hold Lois Lerner, a former Internal Revenue Service official accused by Republicans of abusing power, in contempt, laying bare the bitter divide over which much of the midterm elections will be fought," the New York Times reports.

"It was a moment of high drama, complete with allegations that the White House orchestrated a Watergate-style cover-up that helped steal a presidential election, and invocations of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and his delusions of a huge conspiracy."

Wall Street Journal: "What happens next is unclear. Federal law says that if the House or Senate votes to hold someone in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena, the matter will be referred to the local U.S. attorney, a Justice Department official. It is then the duty of the U.S. attorney to bring the matter before a grand jury. But that doesn't guarantee an indictment. Justice officials didn't respond to requests for comment on Wednesday."


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