The downside of being a tyrannical bureauweenie who violates the law in refusing to cooperate with Congress regarding investigations into Obama’s numerous abuse of power scandals is that you can be held in contempt of Congress, which is a crime. The upside is that this has no meaning, because there is no enforcement. It has been true of Eric Holder, who despite being held in contempt of Congress is still the country’s top law enforcement officer. It is also true of Lois Lerner of Obama’s weaponized IRS:
The House has held Lois Lerner in contempt, but it won’t use its power to place the former IRS official under arrest, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on Sunday.
Under a precedent affirmed by the Supreme Court, each chamber of Congress can authorize its sergeant-at-arms to detain individuals it holds in contempt. But Boehner said on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” on Fox News that he has no interest in doing that with Lerner, whom the House last week voted to hold in contempt over her refusal to testify about her role in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.
Thanks to Obama’s arrogant power grabs and Boehner’s spineless, the division of powers that is so crucial to preventing the USA from sliding into dictatorship is becoming a joke. Here’s the punch line:
The contempt charge has been referred to the Justice Department, and Boehner said it is up to Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Lerner.
“Now will he do it? We don’t know, but the ball is in his court,” Boehner said.
Good job, Johnny. You got yourself off the hook.
If Boehner doesn’t start putting up some serious resistance to Obama’s overreach, Holder and Lerner won’t be the only ones held in contempt. At least picking Trey Gowdy to lead the select committee looking into Benghazi is a positive sign.