The PJ Tatler

House Pursuing Two Avenues to Prosecute IRS' Lois Lerner

Retired IRS honcho Lois Lerner faces the possibility of prosecution on two fronts this week. Lerner, who launched the public side of the IRS abuse scandal and subsequently misled the media and the American people about its scope (at least), is likely to be charged with contempt of Congress this week by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to take a different tack. That committee, led by outgoing chairman Rep. Dave Camp, will vote on Thursday to request the US Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against Lerner.

That action requires cooperation from Attorney General Eric Holder, which is extremely unlikely. The House has already held Holder in contempt for his refusal to tell the truth regarding the Fast and Furious scandal. Nothing happened to him.

Both votes are expected by the end of the week.

A special counsel is necessary to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal, but getting one appointed by Obama and Holder is also extremely unlikely.