WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the House passed a resolution holding former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, and a second resolution, passed with the support of 26 Democrats, calling on the Attorney General to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups:
“Our system of government relies on the sacred trust the American people place in the transparency and accountability of its institutions. Lois Lerner first violated that trust when she played a key role in the IRS’ targeting of certain groups based on their political beliefs, as our investigations have uncovered. She violated that trust again when she defied a congressional subpoena and refused to come clean about her participation in the scandal. It’s time for Lois Lerner to account for her actions, and if she won’t then the full force of the law should be brought to bear.
“The actions taken today also put the Obama administration on notice that the American people, and their representatives in the House, will not tolerate any more stonewalling. Whether it’s the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Fast and Furious or any other area where the administration is hiding the facts, we will not stop until we get the full truth on behalf of the people we serve.”
NOTE: Visit gop.gov/IRS for a comprehensive list of reports, hearing transcripts, and other materials associated with the House’s ongoing investigation of the IRS targeting scandal.