Allen West: Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress
We’ve still got more questions than answers as we continue to delve into Obama’s IRS scandal. The “most transparent administration in history” is still keeping a tight lid on information regarding who knew about the targeting of conservative groups and when.
The media has shown that it will go to any lengths necessary to cover for Obama. They dedicated over 1,700% more coverage in one day to attacking Chris Christie over “Bridgegate” than they gave the IRS scandal in six months. That kind of egregious bias is what keeps Obama from being held accountable for the actions of his administration.
Remember, this isn’t a “phony scandal” as the Democrats would have you believe. We have attorneys representing the conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS actually saying that this blatant violation of the First Amendment could’ve rigged the election.
We need answers, and no matter how hard Darrell Issa and the House Oversight Committee tries, it can’t get them from Lois Lerner, who was head of the department where the targeting occurred.
Allen West has a solution: Hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to release information.
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa should not have adjourned Wednesday’s hearing after former IRS official Lois Lerner repeatedly refused to answer questions, says Republican former U.S. Rep. Allen West.
“Well, that is going to play bad as far as the optics. What I would have done is keep the pressure on Lois Lerner, because now no one is going to be talking about Lois Lerner. As a matter of fact, if Lois Lerner does not want to answer the questions of the American people, then she should not be getting that six-figure, taxpayer-funded pension that she is receiving.
“Now everyone is going to be talking about Darrell Issa and how he reacted,” West told Newsmax TV’s J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” Tuesday.
As for what should happen next to put the spotlight back on Lerner, West said Republicans should move to hold her in contempt of Congress.
“That’s the only way you get it back on her. And really, she is thumbing her nose. When you think about what President Obama recently said in his interview with Bill O’Reilly, that there’s not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS. Well, then, why is Lois Lerner pleading the Fifth? And so, somehow you got to retake that high ground and you got to do it quickly,” he said.
Note that we’re not attempting to undermine our treasured Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. What we are arguing is that Congress should exercise its power to hold individuals who refuse to testify in contempt for failing to provide information that points to serious corruption in the White House.
If there’s no corruption there, Lerner shouldn’t have anything to worry about, right? Why not be transparent (like Obama promised) unless you’re covering something up?
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