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Do Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan have another trick up their sleeve to make Lois Lerner talk?

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Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform weren't happy yesterday when IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said it may take "years" to copy Lois Lerner's emails.

All of her emails from 2009 onwards were subpoenaed by the committee in February, but Koskinen said each one of them must be reviewed to insure it doesn't include individual taxpayer information.

Fox News put together a montage of the Republican committee members' frustration, which provides a convenient summary of where the IRS scandal investigation stands.

Who are they kidding?

Koskinen, who has only been on the job for about four months, managed to keep a straight face as he delivered the bad news.

But Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who chairs the panel's Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs, punctured the apparent reasonableness of the IRS chief's position:

"Now think about this. When this story broke about a year ago, you know the IRS was combing through every piece of correspondence Lois Lerner ever sent. It's not like they haven't looked at this stuff."

Can GOP get tough?

Koskinen and the Obama administration are clearly playing a masterful game of delay, delay, delay in hopes that either the House GOP will give up, or nothing will happen until after the next election.

Odds are good the House will vote within a few weeks on whether to cite Lerner for contempt for her refusal to answer questions from the committee. Nobody doubts the motion will be approved, most likely on a party line vote.

The usual procedure would then be for the contempt citation to go to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for prosecution. Attorney General Eric Holder will find a way to stop the process.

Go directly to jail

But there is another tool available to House leaders and it could put Lerner in jail, at least until she either talks or the current Congress adjourns.

This tool is called the ... you can read all about it in Sunday's Washington Examiner editorial.

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