Boehner: Lois Lerner should testify or be held in contempt

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that former IRS official Lois Lerner should testify before a congressional panel about what she knew regarding the agency's focus on certain tax-exempt organizations or be held in contempt of Congress.

Boehner made his comments in response to a reporter's question shortly after Lerner appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Boehner said he would await a full report of the proceedings from committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and added: "I believe she has to testify or she should be held in contempt."

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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