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Lois Lerner is about to join the contempt club. Who else has been there?

Lawmakers are expected to vote Wednesday to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

The long-anticipated move comes just a few days short of the one-year anniversary of Lerner’s apology for the IRS’s targeting of conservative-leaning advocacy groups based on their names and policy positions.


Congress has the authority to hold individuals in contempt for obstructing congressional proceedings and inquiries.

If Congress holds Lerner in contempt, the matter will be referred to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. A grand jury would then have to review the charges, but it is unclear whether the Justice Department will move in that direction.

Politically, House Republicans will be able to declare victory after working swiftly in the last year to investigate the matter and hold a senior IRS official accountable for the agency’s actions and Lerner’s unwillingness to testify about the targeting controversy.

Check out the full story, which includes a review of other officials who have been held in contempt of Congress.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.



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