The former IRS official at the center of the tax agency’s targeting scandal could be in for a rough week.
House Republicans will meet on Wednesday to prepare a letter asking the Justice Department to consider a criminal case against ex-IRS official Lois Lerner for “misleading the Congress,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) revealed on “The Kelly File” Monday. On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will also consider contempt charges.
“I want to know who’s going to jail,” Boehner told Megyn Kelly on Monday. “There are specific laws that force the IRS to comply with the law. Somebody at the IRS violated the law.”
The letter to Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ will be put together by the House Ways and Means Committee and will argue Lerner “violated the constitutional rights of citizens, gave misleading information to investigators and inappropriately released private taxpayer information,” Fox News reports.
As the report also notes, “criminal referrals from Congress to the Justice Department are rare — and the Justice Department is under no obligation to pursue such a case.”
However, if Lerner refuses to cooperate with Congress’ investigation into the IRS targeting scandal, Boehner said he expects lawmakers to take up a contempt resolution against the former official after the Easter recess.
“If she’s not going to tell us the truth, we are going to hold her in contempt. The House will vote. The House will hold her in contempt,” he said.
Watch the segment via “The Kelly File”: