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Sarah Swinehart, a spokesperson for the House Ways and Means Committee, said that the panel has referred the findings of its investigation to the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, which is looking into the matter.

Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and chairman of the committee, released a statement last week, saying that the IRS settlement is more proof that an independent prosecutor is needed to investigate accusations of wrongdoing by the IRS.

“The DOJ’s refusal to take any action to protect taxpayers demonstrates why this Committee, and the American people, cannot trust their supposed investigation into the IRS targeting, let alone the protection of the constitutional rights of conservatives,” Mr. Camp said. “While the Administration prefers to sweep this under the rug, it is time that the American people have a special prosecutor into this matter so the full truth can come out.”