Rep. Roskam:'My Expectations Are Quite Low' for DOJ on Lerner

Thursday, 08 May 2014 06:49 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Rep. Peter Roskam says he has low expectations that the Justice Department will do its duty of bringing charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner now that the House has voted to hold her in contempt.

"My expectations are quite low of the Department of Justice, but what we're trying to do here is we're trying to communicate and put one marker after another that says that they've got to continue basically to abrogate her responsibility," the Illinois Republican told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

The House voted Wednesday to hold Lerner in contempt. Lerner is at the center of the IRS scandal in which conservative and tea party groups applying for non-profit status were allegedly targeted for additional scrutiny to delay their approval.

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The scandal was first revealed by the former IRS official, but she has refused to cooperate with the House Oversight and Government Affairs committee, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

Roskam believes Lerner "is in real criminal jeopardy," adding that her actions denied "people their constitutional rights ... targeting them based on their political philosophy. She has no right to do that."

"She also is in legal jeopardy because she was not forthcoming in the investigation," he added.

Roskam said the vote to hold Lerner in contempt included six Democrats.

"These were six Democrats that are going back into districts that just cannot defend Lois Lerner, cannot defend the administration, and don't believe for a second the president's assertions that there's not a smidgen of evidence of any criminal wrongdoing," the chief deputy whip explained.

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