John Boehner said IRS official Lois Lerner should be held in contempt if she continues to refuse to testify on the agency’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups. “She has to testify or she should be held in contempt,” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told reporters, adding that he would wait for a report from Issa.
A contempt vote, which will hopefully lead to a criminal prosecution, would escalate the scandal that started last year as Republicans questioned whether Obama’s administration was singling out Tea-Party backed nonprofit groups in deciding whether to grant tax-exempt status and some who were audited.
Last year the IRS gave some Tea Party and Conservative group’s scrutiny solely because of their names, touching off a controversy that led to leadership changes at the tax agency and multiple congressional investigations. Lerner, the former director of exempt organizations at the IRS, ran the section of the IRS charged with policing nonprofit groups, including whether they engaged in too much political activity.
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