By: Charles Benninghoff
After more than five years of watching the most corrupt administration in US history trample all over Americans’ rights, the American people are finally on the verge of seeing a member of Obama's inner circle in handcuffs: Lois Lerner.
Lerner was the head of the IRS' Exempt Organizations Office, which shut down the political speech of conservative Christian and Tea Party groups for years to benefit Obama. Lerner's IRS union chief, Colleen Kelley, met with Obama in the White House the very day before the targeting of Tea Party and conservative Christian groups began in 2010.
Lerner has refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee once again, so there is a growing movement to hold her in Contempt of Congress.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said, "It may well be that we have gotten to the bottom of this. At this point roads lead to Ms. Lerner. It may dead-end with Ms. Lerner." Even House Speaker John Boehner has said that a Contempt vote for Lerner is a "possibility."
House leaders are waiting to see if public sentiment supports holding Lerner in Contempt of Congress. Read more about how public sentiment support can compel Congress to hold Lerner in Contempt and have her held in jail until she is willing to testify.
The Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that Congress has the authority to throw someone in the Capitol jail for refusing to testify before a committee investigation.
Here is how the Congressional Research Service describes the process: "The individual is brought before the House or Senate by the sergeant at arms, tried at the bar of the body, and can be imprisoned in the Capitol jail."
Lois Lerner has refused to testify twice now. She is covering up for herself and for Obama. Lerner believes that Obama will protect her, just as he protected Eric Holder through the Fast & Furious cover-up.
Nevertheless, many members of Congress are fed up with Obama's tactics of sweeping scandals under the rug every time he is caught. Congress is ready to hold a Contempt vote for Lerner, but so far, they lack the political will to do it. Lerner is a public servant and can be jailed to compel her to testify which could ultimately implicate Obama in the IRS scandal. Find out how you can help Congress expose Obama’s scandals by supporting the motion to hold Lerner in Contempt.
Obama's IRS team has been shutting down conservative political speech rights for years by denying non-profit status to these groups. This will not stop until a loud and clear message is sent that the American people will not put up with it any longer.
The IRS' actions under Lerner amount to little more than theft. Conservative Christian groups were robbed of contributions that they were not allowed to collect.
In all likelihood, the IRS targeting had an impact on key House and Senate races in 2012. A conservative majority could have been in the Senate today, had Lerner and Obama not shut down their opposition through fear and intimidation.
Shutting down the political speech of conservative Christian groups could continue right up through the 2014 or 2016 elections unless conservative Americans make an example of Lois Lerner. Forcing Lerner to testify could ultimately provide the proof that Obama knew about this targeting and directed it himself.
You can urge Congress to hold Lois Lerner in contempt here. Please also share this link with anyone else you know who wants to stop corruption in the White House and support holding Lerner in contempt.