NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

Rep. Trey Gowdy Vows Contempt of Congress for Lois Lerner

By     get stories by email

Rising star in the Republican Party, Representative Trey Gowdy(R-SC) sits on the House Oversight Committee along with Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings. Gowdy met with the press yesterday after former IRS official Lois Lerner surprised the House committee by pleading the Fifth Amendment for the second time in so many visits to Capitol Hill.

Rep. Gowdy does not blame Lerner for the abrupt reversal of her anticipated testimony, but rather her attorney, in response to what was "supposedly" offensive comments made by both Issa and Gowdy.

He told the media that he never intended to "ask her what her favorite color was." Quite the contrary, he intended all along to "ask tough questions."

"You make someone talk if they don't want to, he said. "What you can do is give them an incentive to talk or you can punish them for not talking, and that's contempt. But make no mistake, we can't make her tell us what she knows, we can just punish her if she doesn't and that's where I would like to see us go"

Issa plans to take a committee vote for a contempt of Congress citation.

As Gowdy put it, "Either she talks and we'll negotiate a resolution with her or she doesn't and we hold her in contempt of Congress. I did this for 16 years, trust me, we can get her to talk."

No comment from Lerner's attorney.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing. Read more stories by Dwight L. Schwab Jr. If you enjoyed this column, may I suggest you press the SUBSCRIBE button? It's FREE. Thank you for your patronage. You can also send comments to: dwight.schwab@gmail.com.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

* The views of Opinion writers do not necessarily reflect the views of NewsBlaze

Related Opinions News

King Nazir Muhammad, author of three controversial books, has written a fourth book, but rather than promoting it, he is working to get it banned.
Ed Miliband should accept responsibility for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Syria, because he prefers to play politics than to take action.
Kevin Roeten looks at the history of school and other mass shootings since 1989, and wonders whether teachers or police should pack heat at schools.
The ISIS terrorist marketing campaign has penetrated the USA, right under the noses of the Federal Administration and law enforcement.
Belying expectations post-Peshawar massacre of school children of an all out drive to smoke out terrorists, Pakistan appears to be doing no more than a Good Taliban - Bad Taliban jig
The EPA proposed power plant regulations mean dozens of coal-fired plants being closed and huge job losses, including a huge flow-on into related industries.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site