House panel pressing IRS figure who refused to testify to return for more questions

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 5:30 PM

WASHINGTON — A Republican-led House committee Friday increased pressure on Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to break her silence on who in the tax agency was behind decisions to make it more difficult for tea party and other conservative groups to obtain tax-exempt status.

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dogmanJun. 28, 1311:07 AM

It's curious that teapubs want to gather endless amounts of testimony, yet keep it under wraps.. leaking to the public only the parts they believe will continue this charade.

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NewsGooglerJun. 28, 1311:31 AM

I certainly hope that they are interested in expanding the scope of their outrage to include non-Tea Party groups who were also "targeted".

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drichmnJun. 28, 1311:33 AM

the IRS was flagging groups, conservative and liberal, using keywords that had the appearance of being political rather than social welfare. In other words, they were doing their job. Issa requested that the IG limit his investigation to only conservative groups. These hearings are a sham.

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hasdogsJun. 28, 1311:41 AM

Regardless of which side of the aisle you fall on, you can not invoke your 5th amendment right and THEN make a statement.

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texas_technomanJun. 28, 1311:55 AM

Issa hasn't found that witch yet? He hold countless hearings, on countless subjects, and nothing comes out of it. The IRS was investigating groups that appeared to be political, who said they were were "social welfare" groups and they didn't want to pay taxes. I heard one of the group leaders interviewed on the radio and she said her groups lawyer told them not to use the word Obamacare when they were bashing the ACA...because it might appear to be political. Give me a break, the IRS was doing their job...and in some cases with a little too much zeal...but how long will these pointless hearings go on? Another waste of taxpayer dollars if you ask me.

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tranqwhlJun. 28, 1312:06 PM

Everyone saying "the IRS was just doing their job"... did you read the article? It said EVERY group with "tea party" was singled out... and progressives were ONLY singled out if they had questionable political ties. So they "did their job" with liberal groups, and definitely singled out conservative ones. Even Obama said wrongdoing happened. Please take off your partisan hats for once.

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wesley173Jun. 28, 1312:08 PM

the IRS was flagging groups, conservative and liberal, using keywords that had the appearance of being political rather than social welfare. In other words, they were doing their job.

What is with this backing of the IRS? They already admitted to wrongdoing. They are not denying anything. What they are doing is denying the depth and scope of the targeting and attempting to protect those higher up the chain.

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hasdogsJun. 28, 1312:11 PM

"The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups." And "From our audit work, we did not find evidence that the criteria you identified, labeled 'Progressives,' were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010 to 2012 time frame we audited,” J.Russell George.

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rubeindallasJun. 28, 1312:32 PM

If she invoked her 5th amendment rights she broke a law, otherwise she would be unable to take the 5th. Therefore, she should be investigated by an outside party until they find out what law(s) she broke. She should not be put on administrative leave and paid by the taxpayer to do nothing. If my boss wanted to ask me some questions and I took the 5th, I would be fired for insubordination as should she.

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tkelley11Jun. 28, 1312:54 PM

Ms. Lerner may or may not have waived her Fifth Amendment right at her previous hearing but that does not stop her from asserting her Fifth Amendment if she does in fact come back for another session.

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