On Monday’s “The Kelly File,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gave a wide-ranging interview on the various issues the House of Representatives is confront with including the scandals surrounding the Internal Revenue Service and the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the possibility of taking up immigration reform by the House.
On the IRS scandal, Boehner suggested it’s not a matter of someone being fired within the IRS, but criminal charges that would lead to jail time for guilty parties.
“Misleading the Congress,” Boehner said of what criminal charges former director of the IRS exempt organizations office Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the scandal, may face. “You know, when this story first broke, I asked the question, someone asked me the question well who should be fired? I said I don’t know or don’t care who is going to be fired. I want to know who is going to jail. And the fact is, the IRS there are specific laws that protect taxpayers and force the IRS to compile with the law.”
“Somebody at the IRS violated the law,” he continued. “Whether it was Lois Lerner or not, we’ll find out. The Ways and Means Committee and the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, both committees have jurisdiction over it. They are both are working together. I understand the Ways and Means Committee will go into executive session Wednesday where they will go over a letter they put together, outlying names of taxpayers who have been harmed and aggrieved and layout a case for how Ms. Lerner mislead the committee.”
Boehner said the public would have to wait until Wednesday to see whether or not others besides Lerner will be implicated. But he added that he anticipated a contempt of Congress vote by the House of Representatives after the Easter recess should Lerner continue to be uncooperative.
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