ACLJ: Decision To Hold Former IRS Official Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress "Justified"



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TO LEGAL AFFAIRS, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

ACLJ: Decision To Hold Former IRS Official Lois Lerner In Contempt Of

Congress "Justified"

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American

Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents 41 organizations

in a federal lawsuit challenging the IRS, said today's decision by the

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold former IRS

official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress is "justified" for

failing to cooperate with Congressional investigators to provide

information regarding her role in the unlawful targeting of

conservative and tea party groups.

"The decision to hold Lois Lerner in contempt comes 11 months to the

day since she revealed this unlawful scheme with a question she

planted at an ABA meeting," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the

ACLJ. "From the very beginning, she has ignored a Congressional

subpoena - refused to answer questions on two occasions by pleading

the Fifth Amendment. We believe - as many others do - that she waived

her constitutional right to remain silent because she invoked it after

she publicly proclaimed her innocence. Lerner has misled the American

people and Congress from the very start. Contempt is justified and the

appropriate sanction in this case."

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today voted to

hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. The measure now goes before the

full House for consideration.

Today's action comes just one day after the House Committee on Ways

and Means voted to send a letter to the Attorney General saying Lerner

should be prosecuted for her actions in the unlawful targeting scheme.

The contempt vote comes as the ACLJ has heard from more than 70,000

people in just several days calling on Congress to hold Lerner in

contempt.

The ACLJ federal lawsuit, which also names Lois Lerner as a defendant,

is progressing. The ACLJ represents 41 organizations in 22 states. Of

the 41 groups, 24 organizations received tax-exempt status after

lengthy delays, 11 are still pending, 5 withdrew applications because

of frustration with the IRS process, and 1 had their file closed by

the IRS after refusing to answer the unconstitutional requests for

more information.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and

Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in

Washington, D.C. and is online here.

MEDIA CONTACTS: For Print: Gene Kapp (757) 575-9520 For Broadcast:

Alison Geist or Chandler Epp (770) 813-0000

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