Chaffetz on IRS Scandal: Appoint a Special Investigator

May 7, 2014 - 10:13 AM

(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon is expected to pass a contempt resolution against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official who refused a House subpoena to testify about the inappropriate scrutiny given to conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status before the 2012 election.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says Republicans also plan to bring up a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor -- "someone who's truly independent to come in and try to get to the bottom of this."

"All we're trying to do is get to the truth," Chaffetz told Fox News on Wednesday. "I don't know where it goes. But that's our process. That's the Constitution in motion. That's the checks and balances that the Legislative Branch is supposed to be providing. But it totally breaks down if you're going to have the Attorney General and White House just say, no no no no -- don't look at this -- nothing wrong here."

Chaffetz said the House could vote Thursday on the resolution to appoint a special investigator.

Meanwhile, if Holder ignores the anticipated contempt citation against Lerner, Chaffetz said Republicans "have a variety of other tools" they could use.

"I'm not at liberty to talk about those," he added, "but believe me, we have thought that through. We're not just going to let go of this. You can't just have this Executive Branch continue to say they will do nothing."

Lerner gave an opening statement to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee a year ago, saying, “I have not done anything wrong.” But then she refused to answer any of the committee's questions.

Republicans say she waived her 5th Amendment right to keep silent when she gave an opening statement.