Lerner’s contempt citation now goes to the office of the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia for federal prosecution. Lerner could face one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
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The United States House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide information about her role in the improper IRS targeting of conservative groups between 2010 and 2012.
The House voted to hold Lerner in contempt 231-187. The vote went mostly along party lines, with six Democrats voting in favor of contempt. The House also voted 250-168 in favor of a resolution calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS scandal.
Before the vote, Democratic House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings tried to block the contempt vote with a motion to refer the matter back to committee, accusing Republican Oversight chairman Rep. Darrell Issa of having “botched” the investigation in part by cutting off Cummings’ microphone at a March 5 hearing.