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Republicans target ex-IRS officer over 2013 tax scandal


Republicans target ex-IRS officer over 2013 tax scandal

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Thursday again targeted a former senior Internal Revenue Service officer for legal action, squeezing another day of Capitol Hill drama from last year's so-called IRS Tea Party controversy. A Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives panel voted 21-12 along party lines to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress over her role in the scandal, involving IRS targeting of conservative political groups. Once the head of the IRS's tax-exempt division, Lerner twice exercised her constitutional right not to testify about the affair before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at public hearings. Republican committee members voted to approve a contempt resolution against Lerner, sending it to the full House for further consideration.


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