A proposed $1 million reward should encourage people with knowledge about the lost emails of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner that are critical to Congress' investigation into the agency, said Rep. Louie Gohmert.
"This should draw some people out. We know those emails are out there. We know they can be found. We just need the people to help find them," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom"
Gohmert and fellow Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores introduced a bill in the House Wednesday to offer a bounty of $1 million
for an individual or group that can recover Lerner's lost emails. The bill also offers a reward of $500,000 if someone had information about the destruction of the emails, according to CBS/DC.
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Gohmert said the rewards would not burden taxpayers because the money "comes out of the IRS appropriations." He also proposed cuts to "everybody's salary in the IRS (by) 20 percent until the emails are produced."
Congress had to act because Attorney General Eric Holder would not pursue the issue, Gohmert explained. He said if Holder was not going to conduct a serious investigation, then he should resign or be impeached.
"You've got to have an attorney general that's serious about justice. And, this one is not," he said. "He will not produce. He helps hide material. I think he needs to go. I think even if he won't resign, we need to impeach him. He's got to go."
In the meantime, the reward would offer a "way to work around the attorney general to achieve justice," Gohmert said. He expressed confidence the lost documents would eventually be retrieved, and warned anyone who might be aiding in hiding the lost emails.
"We will get justice in the end," he said. "The people that are helping hide this stuff, they may be shocked to find out now they are principals, because they assisted, aided, abetted in a crime. And, so there will be a day of accountability."
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