As of Wednesday, the Drudge Report turned up the heat on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal. A well-distributed photo of former IRS official, Lois Lerner, appeared as part of the primary banner on the Drudge Report. The startling Drudge headline link contained only two words, "Arrest her!"
Following the Drudge link to the Washington Examiner report, it appears Republicans are holding out the threat of using the power of "inherent contempt," against Lerner if Attorney General Holder fails to take action on their accusations of her criminality. Once a chamber of Congress, in this case it would be the House of Representatives, passes a resolution of contempt, options include the privilege to imprison if the person cited refuses still to comply with a subpoena for testimony after their arrest. Lerner has yet to testify after two appearances before the investigative panel.
Simultaneously, the storyboard on the Drudge Report also expanded covering the latest shocking details of the IRS case which first surfaced eleven months ago. The list of key players has broadened as the investigative panel, headed by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), worked to find out if and why teaparty organizations were unfairly scrutinized by the IRS. Now, the magnifying glass of the investigative panel is additionally focused on one of its own committee members, head Democrat, Representative Elijah Cummings.
In this letter, Issa accuses Cummings of "collusion with the IRS," failing to disclose his staff's involvement to the committee. Issa implied Cummings wanted to end the investigation before his collusion was uncovered. As evidence, Issa has produced emails from 2012 which appear to reveal that upon request, Lois Lerner worked to obtain and share IRS information with Rep. Elijah Cummings and committee Democrats regarding True the Vote, a conservative 501(c)(4) organization. Issa's letter is signed by five committee members.
However, although conservatives appear eager to see the Drudge Report's push to arrest Lerner fulfilled, many speaking out on online social engines are concerned Holder will never "do his duty." Following the breaking news that the House and Ways Committee referred Lerner to the Justice Department as their official accusation that Lerner has committed criminal acts, a tweet from David Burge summed up conservatives fears: "Congress votes Lerner in contempt of Congress, refers prosecution to Attorney General who Congress voted in contempt of Congress ."