Partisan Contempt Battle Emerges From IRS Scandal

Law360, New York (March 13, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT) -- House Republicans made a “fatal” mistake in their attempt to hold in contempt a former Internal Revenue Service official who refused to testify about the agency’s alleged targeting of political groups, two veteran House legal authorities said Wednesday night.

Morton Rosenberg, who spent 35 years with the Congressional Research Service, and Stan Brand, a former House counsel for seven years, said that House Republicans cannot hold Lois Lerner in contempt because House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa did not follow Supreme Court precedent when advising Lerner...
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