House Ways and Means Chair: Lerner 'Violated People's Constitutional Rights'
Nearly a year on, the Internal Revenue Service has finally released former official Lois Lerner's emails to Congress in relation to the scandal involving IRS targeting of conservative groups.
The House voted yesterday to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings on her role in the IRS targeting scandal.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) went 'On the Record' with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the case against Lerner.
"We believe that she violated people's Constitutional rights to due process, and that's actually criminal in nature, so this is very serious," Camp told Van Susteren. "We want to find how far this goes, and we're going to follow these emails wherever they lead us."
Camp said that one of the reasons the House is so eager to acquire all of Lerner's emails is so they can eventually issue a full report and release the information to the American public.
Van Susteren pointed out that there has been a House committee referral to the Department of Justice for possible criminal prosecution of Lois Lerner. Camp said that the committee sent the DOJ "a lot of detailed information" on why Lerner should be prosecuted criminally, focused mainly on three areas: violation of Constitutional rights, impermissible release of donor information and compromise of confidentiality of taxpayer information.
Camp said that the decision now falls to the DOJ to decide whether or not to prosecute. "We want to make sure that they take this seriously, and that's why I think it's important at this point that we have a special counsel," Camp said.
See the full interview above.