Rep. Cummings: Lerner Contempt Vote Recalls McCarthy Era

Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:09 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The House vote that held former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt represents an "unprecedented" retreat to the McCarthy era of the 1950s, said Rep. Elijah Cummings.

The House voted Wednesday to hold Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify in committee hearings investigating the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Lawmakers maintained Lerner waived her rights when she made an opening statement in a 2013 appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

"This is the first time since the 1950s and '60s that a committee has stripped somebody of their Fifth Amendment right, and then at the same time, went on to a contempt citation. And this is unprecedented, except in the McCarthy era," the Maryland Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

Story continues below video.



McCarthyism is named for former Wisconsin GOP Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who pursued Communist subversive activities in the 1950s through investigations and hearings. The term refers to the broader issue of making accusations without evidence.

Cummings maintained that while he was interested in what Lerner had to say, a larger issue was at play.

"My argument was not that I don't want to hear what Miss Lerner had to say. I really do want to hear it," he said. "There's something that is more significant than that. And that is upholding the constitutional rights of every single American."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Romney to GOP: Pass 'Permanent Clarification' of Immigration Laws

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 21:45 PM

Mitt Romney is urging Republicans in the new Congress to come together, swallow hard, and pass a "permanent clarificat . . .

IRS Gave White House Thousands of Taxpayer Documents

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 18:48 PM

The IRS improperly turned over thousands of confidential tax documents to the White House for review, according to infor . . .

Hillary's Speeches Carry Hefty Price Tag, Specific Demands

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 17:32 PM

While she doesn't come with a rock star's extensive backstage rider, new documents about requirements for hosting a Hill . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved