Six Dems Join House Republicans on Lerner Contempt Vote
10:53 AM, May 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The House of Representatives voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt on Wednesday, with every Republican and six Democrats supporting the resolution. The measure passed 231 to 187, without a single Republican voting against it. The six Democrats who voted with the GOP are Ron Barber of Arizona, John Barrow of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Patrick Murphy of Florida, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.
All six hail from swing districts and are in tough bids for reelection for 2014.
The House also passed a second resolution, 250 to 168, calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. Again, no Republican voted against the resolution, and this time 26 Democrats joined their GOP colleagues in supporting the measure, including the 6 above as well as others who come from split House districts. Here's a list of those 26 Democrats:
Lerner had been in charge of the agency's division that granted tax-exempt status to groups and has been shown to have had been involved in the unfair targeting of conservative and Tea Party organizations for tougher scrutiny. She has pleaded the Fifth Amendment on the occasions she has been subpoenaed before House committees.
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