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GOP Rep. suggests Eric Holder be in jail instead of testifying

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas
Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas
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On Tuesday, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, suggested that Attorney General Eric Holder be in jail for ignoring congressional subpoenas instead of testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, the Daily Caller reported.

“I’m committed to maintaining the constitutional balance of power and the authority this branch, this legislative branch, has,” he said. “And I just don’t think it’s appropriate that Mr. Holder be here.”

“If an American citizen had not complied with one of the Justice Department subpoenas, they would be in jail, not testifying,” he added. “But I realize there are questions to be asked, and I’ll yield the remainder of my time to [South Carolina Republican congressman] Trey Gowdy.”

The Daily Caller said Farenthold was protesting Holder’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents related to the IRS Tea Party targeting investigation.

On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to refer Lois Lerner’s case to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation, and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress on Thursday.

Lerner, the former IRS official implicated in the IRS targeting scandal, famously invoked the Fifth Amendment after declaring she did nothing wrong.

Holder selected Barbara Bosserman, a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, to head the department's investigation into the IRS targeting, but records revealed Bosserman donated a combined $6,750 to President Obama’s election campaigns and the Democratic National Committee since 2004.

Predictably, the FBI said it found no evidence of any wrongdoing, even though it did not interview a single victim in the case.

In March, Holder also denied Sen. Ted Cruz's request for a special prosecutor in the case, arguing it saw no conflict of interest with the investigation being led by an Obama donor.

"It is the height of hypocrisy for the Obama Administration to claim that the investigator leading the investigation into the IRS's illegal program has no conflict of interest. The investigator is a partisan Democrat who has donated over six thousand dollars to President Obama and Democrat causes," Cruz said. "Nobody should trust a partisan Obama donor to investigate the IRS's political targeting of President Obama's enemies."

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