Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch said Wednesday “there will be hell to pay” if the Internal Revenue Service doesn’t cooperate with Congress’ investigation into the targeting of conservative groups.
Lynch spoke at the start of the hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and told the IRS witnesses preparing to testify that he would join in a call for a special prosecutor if the witnesses refused to answer the questions of the committee.
“If this committee is prevented by obstruction or by refusal to answer, the questions that we need to get to the bottom of this, you will leave us no alternative but to ask for the appointment of a special prosecutor or appointment to special counsel to get to the bottom of this,” Lynch told former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman and tax-exempt division unit Lois Lerner who stared blankly up at him.
Get ready to call that special counsel, Rep. Lynch.
Shulman seems to not know, can’t recall, or won’t say what he knew of the ongoing misconduct of the IRS, and Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify.
Watch Lynch demand answers here: