Speaker of the House John Boehner incorrectly cited history Sunday while disavowing any thoughts of having Lois Lerner arrested under a congressional contempt order.
“I'm not sure we want to go down that path,” Boehner said when asked on " Fox News Sunday." "It's never been used. I'm not sure that it's an appropriate way to go about this."
The House of Representatives voted last week to hold Lerner in contempt following her refusals on two occasions to answer questions about her role in the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party non-profit applicants for illegal harassment.
Congress does have the authority to jail individuals cited for contempt and did so as recently as 1935, according to a 2012 Congressional Research Service report.