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.
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