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The head of the federal U.S. Chemical Safety Board abused his position, using his power to intimidate opponents and promote friends — leaving the agency with few employees and a backlog of investigations, lawmakers said during an oversight hearing Thursday.
House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.
The former head of Rhode Island's economic development agency has declined to testify before the House Oversight Committee as it reviews the $75 million 38 Studios loan guarantee.
The IRS employees involved in improperly targeting tea party groups vehemently denied political bias played a part in their actions, and specifically defended Lois G. Lerner, according to a report released by House Democrats on Tuesday.
The new chairwoman of the House Oversight committee said Tuesday she wants to issue subpoenas to key figures related to the 38 Studios deal, including former House Speaker Gordon Fox, as the panel continues its review of the state's failed investment.
Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday night that California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa called him and apologized for refusing to let Cummings speak during an IRS hearing. The Maryland Democrat said he accepted the apology.
The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal once again refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing Wednesday that quickly devolved into political bickering between Democrats and Republicans.
Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, said Sunday that Lois Lerner will finally testify about the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups — but Ms. Lerner's lawyer said she has no plans to testify before Congress.
The more the country learns about what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, the less credible the White House version of events becomes.