Lois Lerner should be jailed

Lois Lerner

By Tom Toth

If you’ve ever contributed financially to a Conservative non-profit organization, your odds of being audited by the IRS have jumped significantly.

Congressional investigators have found that, from the donor lists the IRS was able to illegally procure from conservative groups seeking tax-exemption, almost one in ten of the names listed were audited by the IRS. Given that the IRS audited less than one percent of all tax returns — the lowest percentage in years — the odds of these audits being purely coincidental are negligibly low.

This news proves that the IRS scandal goes far above and beyond the Cincinnati IRS office and even Lois Lerner and her Exempt Organizations office. Prejudicial government targeting of conservative activists during the 2010 and 2012 elections spread systemically through the entire IRS hierarchy.

How else could the donor documentation have found its way from Lois Lerner’s office to the IRS’s auditors?

Lois Lerner was complicit with, if not the leader of, political targeting within the federal government’s tax collection arm, compromising its very integrity.

She has been charged with criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for failing to testify before the investigating House Committee. However, the Department of Justice appears wholly uninterested in further pursuing even the smallest legal means to hold responsible the guilty parties within the IRS and clear the name of the administration.

If the House is truly interested in investigating the IRS scandal further, and possibly preserve the functional integrity of the agency, Ms. Lerner should be jailed for her contempt charges for either the maximum sentence period of one year or until she decides to testify before the House of Representatives and disclose all she knows about political targeting within the IRS.

Such a move would not be unprecedented. In 1983, the House, led by Speaker Tip O’Neill, had a Reagan EPA staffer, Rita Lavelle, prosecuted for criminal contempt of Congress for failure to testify. She was later convicted of federal perjury charges related to the mismanagement of a waste land cleanup fund.

With precedent for penalizing such a comparably less damaging offense, a Democrat-led House of Representatives with any sense of responsibility would not refrain from jailing a senior IRS staffer guilty of targeting a Republican administration’s political opponents and then refuse to testify or legally claim the fifth amendment.

If Congressional leadership is indeed interested in getting to the bottom of this scandal, then they cannot allow Lois Lerner to simply walk away from the investigation with a strongly worded letter and a public citation no more inconsequential than an unpaid parking ticket.

For the sake of the federal government’s integrity, it is the responsibility of Congress to make up for the Justice Department’s inaction by withholding funds to Eric Holder’s budget unless criminal prosecution of the contempt charges moves forward. Otherwise, the integrity of Congressional leaders assumes the same level of scrutiny.

Tom Toth is the Social Media Director for Americans for Limited Government.

This article has 21 comments
  • Stephen Geiger 15.05.2014 11:28 AM

    They should lock her up and throw away the key.

  • Frances 15.05.2014 11:30 AM

    Absolutely! Even if for her own protection.

  • TexRancher 15.05.2014 12:22 PM

    This woman was responsible for crimes committed against AMERICAN citizens for political reasons as the evidence is now pointing to. She in turn has refused to testify after proclaiming her innocence.

    She has now been cited for contempt and still has not testified. JAIL HER UNTIL SHE TESTIFIES UNDER OATH.

    This Congress went after Roger Clemens for far less, not once, but twice so why are these Geldings in the House sitting on their thumbs?

    The crimes that Lerner is responsible for are far greater and against every AMERICAN so the House should chomping at the bit to get her to testify, but they turn it over the Holder whose bias against any legal action that reflects negatively on Kenya Boy. Expecting him to act is like PxSSING Into the wind!

    Time for the House Leadership to act or resign. We don’t want these gutless wonders to continue to collect their checks if they won’t do their jobs!

  • kolbee321 15.05.2014 12:22 PM

    I say make a Lois Lerner punching bag, I’d buy one.

  • Dominick Farruggio 15.05.2014 1:50 PM

    I signed a petiton for fair tax and I was first contacted by IRS telling me its my duty to pay taxes and since that day over four years ago I have been audited on my tax returns. That’s why Sen. Cruz has the right idea get rid of agencies like IRS, EPA, FBof ED and etc.

  • daveveselenak 15.05.2014 2:32 PM

    The melt down is almost complete as both sides are guilty! REVOLUTION can be the only SOLUTION!

  • Brabado 15.05.2014 2:45 PM

    Louis Lerner is a Liberal Arrogant Witch that wanted all Conservative Americans vanquished so that her Anti-America Agenda could be carried out without any opposition…
    Throw her, and everyone that helped her, in jail, NOW!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • reggiec 15.05.2014 3:54 PM

    At the present time the left controls the executive branch including the DOJ and the. IRS. Concentrating that level of power with one ideology is a recipe for massive corruption. They will all protect each other.

  • billdeserthills 15.05.2014 5:00 PM

    Well, it’s no surprise the dept of (in)justice doesn’t have any interest in charging her for doing the prez’ bidding. I think a year in jail might just loosen her tongue enough that this regime will feel the need to execute her themselves.

  • SapientHetero 15.05.2014 5:15 PM

    Obama and his minions are no doubt behind this; all of THEM should be jailed along with Lerner. They shouldn’t escape the consequences of their actions by letting Lerner take the fall for them.

  • simoner1 15.05.2014 5:15 PM

    She should be jailed until she testifies. If she is found guilty she should be jailed and her pension forfeited. What she has done is unconscionable and they should make an example out of her so that this does not happen again.

  • JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group 15.05.2014 5:56 PM

    If Holder is not doing his job,SCREW POLITICS,guilt is guilt and the Sargeant at Arms should be commanded to do his job.

  • Flash 15.05.2014 6:52 PM

    Send her a.. to jail where she belongs.

  • I_RIGHT_I 15.05.2014 8:01 PM

    A complicit GOP makes this impossible. Amnesty will pass, Net Neutrality will pass and this will pass too.

  • Robbins Mitchell 16.05.2014 7:19 AM

    Throw her in the “daddy tank” where the strapon dykes will whore her out for a pack of smokes

  • FloridaJim 16.05.2014 8:31 AM

    She should b jailed and have all her government benefits, paid for by taxpayers, revoked. Unless we penalize the scum they will never learn one by one, department by department, agency by agency as we find the scum we investigate , jail and remove benefits. IRS, GSA,DOJ,NSA,TSA,HHS, ICE, FBI, CIA, EPA,VA and so many others have fallen into the slime approved by Obama. “The Chicago-Way ” has become the Obama-way and it corruption at all levels and it only ends when we fire all those involved and remove all unions from government they are the reason no one is fired.

  • J. Harp 16.05.2014 8:44 AM

    The reason the Lois Lerner will not do prison time is simple. Barack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder. However, all three of them SHOULD do prison time.

  • teridavisnewman 16.05.2014 9:26 AM

    Lois Lerner should definitely be jailed for her role in the IRS scandal. Lock her up until she tells you what you want to know! This is the United States of America no one is above the law, but apparently the senator and Lois Lerner think they are.

  • el_loco_jp 16.05.2014 10:35 AM

    Actually, I think jail is too god for her.

  • hdkennedy4355 16.05.2014 9:03 PM

    Put her in jail…..do your job and just maybe you might earn some respect back.
    Try once to please the American people who put you there so safe and sound,

  • Bingo 17.05.2014 11:59 AM

    Will you right wing hacks shut the fuck up. Lerner nor anyone else is going to jail over this phoney outrage created by faux news and Republicans. A few people made some bonehead decisions, but not a smidgen of evidence of widespread corruption and nothing that implicates king Obama. Instead of worrying about manufactured scandals you silly fucks need to # LEARN HOW TO START WINNING ELECTIONS.

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