Rep. John Mica: I Doubt Lerner Will Cooperate

Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 11:55 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Rep. John Mica, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said he's doubtful former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner will cooperate with the panel.

"We may have to go the special counsel route," Mica said on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" on Wednesday.

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Darrell Issa, the committee chairman, has said he is willing to consider granting immunity to Lerner if she's willing to offer certain information.

Mica, a Florida Republican, said that "everything points to her," adding that if "we follow the chain up of involvement ... it has gotten close to the White House.

"We don't have a direct link at this point, but she had a targeted effort which was substantiated by the inspector general of the Department of Treasury, not by Republicans, to target conservatives," he said. "And it was done before the election to gag those conservative groups."

Mica said he doesn't trust the Justice Department to be in control of a special counsel.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday and the oversight committee this week in an attempt to explain how Lerner's emails were allegedly lost. 

Koskinen is "sort of the guy at the end of the parade with the broom and the shovel trying to clean up the mess, but he does have a certain air of arrogance about him," Mica said.

"In fact, I read his testimony back and he said, 'Well we've given you all the information and that we should start concluding this,'" Mica said. "That rubs everybody the wrong way."

Mica said he doesn't know if Koskinen was lying to Congress, but he does think "if [Koskinen] knew in February" that emails were missing, "he should've told us in March when he testified there were problems and not kept this."

"He should have been more forthcoming," he added.

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