The information regarding the bipartisan vote yesterday came via this press statement from the House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman and Vista, California federal Representative, by Darrell Issa. It includes this:
“Unless the President decides to assert executive privilege, there is no precedent for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia to do anything but pursue this criminal case. Absent political interference by the Administration, this legally binding action – as well as a separate resolution calling for a special prosecutor to take over the Main Justice Department’s tainted and dormant investigation – require the Justice Department to take action.”
In a Congressional vote of 231 to 187 yesterday, 6 Democrats also voting yes on the House Resolution 574 - finding Director Lerner in contempt -- Lerner's case apparently will proceed as a criminal one in the Judicial branch of government.
Issa also stated:
“Lois Lerner presided over an effort to deprive Americans of their rights to participate in our political process and failed to meet her legal obligations to answer questions. E-mails and other documents obtained by the Committee have shown that IRS targeting of conservative groups occurred after she felt pressured to act following robust criticism by President Obama and other prominent members of his party about the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case."
Click here for the Oversight Committee’s report on Lois Lerner’s role in the IRS targeting scandal.