What's Next for Lerner After Contempt Vote?
What’s next for former IRS official Lois Lerner now that she has been held in contempt? Today on Your World, Judge Andrew Napolitano said, “Probably nothing.”
The House voted 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.
Judge Napolitano explained that the referral will be sent to the Justice Department outlining that Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made a statement declaring her innocence.
“The prosecutor has absolute discretion to say yes or no. If he says no, end of it. Nothing will happen to her and it’s just a political declaration that she’s held in contempt,” he said, adding that Attorney General Eric Holder will never prosecute Lerner because he works for the Obama administration.
Judge Napolitano said that Lerner could be given immunity in exchange for her testimony. “She then will have to sing like a bird and answer all the questions they put to her. If she fails to do that, she would for sure go to jail.”
He surmised that the House may be trying to score political points instead of trying to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal since they haven't given Lerner immunity yet. “Unless,” he continued, “they know what she would say and it’s really not that helpful.”