Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation into her role in the targeting of conservative groups. This became necessary after Mrs. Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), failed to submit subpoenaed documents.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee began their investigation after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released an audit report that revealed that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative non-profits for investigation.
Cook said, “I’ve heard from many people across the Eighth District who want to know why the IRS targeted conservative groups. Ms. Lerner’s testimony is necessary for getting to the bottom of this investigation. As the director of the IRS office responsible for the targeting, Ms. Lerner has unique, firsthand knowledge of how and why the IRS engaged in the targeting. The IRS should enforce tax law, not target the President’s political enemies and this scandal raises serious concerns about the administration’s respect for Americans’ basic constitutional rights. Anyone involved in this illegal and unconstitutional targeting needs to be held accountable both administratively as well as legally. Ms. Lerner’s is obstructing Congress’ efforts to uncover the truth and today’s vote is about holding her accountable.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.