The House voted Wednesday to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for blocking the investigation into alleged targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. This comes a year after it was revealed that Lerner scrutinized groups applying for tax exempt status inappropriately.
Republicans were joined by a small handful of Democrats in voting to hold Lerner in contempt, demonstrating the deep divide that exists between the parties regarding how the probes in the case have been handled. Liberals, of course, are more or less accusing Republicans of “bullying” as they push for more answers.
Just moments after voting to on the issue involving Lerner, House Republicans, along with two dozen Democrats, voted for a resolution that asks the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to examine the question of IRS targeting on a broader basis.
It’s obvious that the only reason Democrats are supportive of this measure is because they fear the political blow back they might endure back in Washington as a result of the targeting.
Of course, it is not likely that the Obama administration is going to take this request seriously, but that may not be the point. The purpose of the request is to send a stern warning to the IRS that they are not above the law.