House GOP renews push for Lerner prosecution

House GOP renews push for Lerner prosecution
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House Republicans didn’t get anywhere when they asked then-Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Pelosi refers to Sinclair's Rosen as 'Mr. Republican Talking Points' over whistleblower question Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy MORE last year to criminally prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner.

Now they’re trying their luck with Holder’s successor, Loretta Lynch.

All 24 Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the newly confirmed AG on Thursday, asking her to respond to the panel’s 2014 request to charge Lerner for possible crimes, including using her position to have the Internal Revenue Service target conservative groups; impeding investigations by giving misleading information; and disclosing confidential taxpayer information.
 

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Lerner has denied any wrongdoing.
 
And before Holder stepped down last month, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen informed Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock From learning on his feet to policy director MORE (R-Ohio) that his office would not prosecute Lerner for obstructing Congress due to her refusal to testify at a congressional hearing.

Thursday’s letter, circulated by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis), was backed up in statements by both BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock From learning on his feet to policy director MORE and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

“The American people deserve the truth as to how the IRS was used as a political tool to target and harass Americans for their beliefs. … It is outrageous that despite having evidence right at their fingertips, the DOJ has refused to investigate potential criminal acts taken by Lois Lerner at the IRS,” Boehner said in a statement.

“The administration’s silence on this targeting might as well imply its consent of these abusive actions,” the Speaker continued. “I hope the new attorney general will take this investigation seriously.  The American people deserve answers and to know that justice will be served.”