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  • The attorney for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner says his client will continue to assert her rights not to testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. (Associated Press)

    IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits for election activities

    IRS emails released Wednesday show that just before the tea party targeting scandal was revealed last year, Lois G. Lerner and her colleagues at the tax agency were talking with the Justice Department about making examples out of nonprofit groups that they felt were violating campaign laws by playing political roles.


  • FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday, April 9, 2014,  to refer Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency's tea party controversy. On Thursday, the House Oversight Committee and its tenacious chairman, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has scheduled a vote on whether to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress for not responding to questions at two Oversight hearings. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Contempt: Oversight committee votes to cite IRS's Lerner

    The House Oversight Committee voted along party lines Thursday to cite Lois G. Lerner for contempt of Congress, rejecting Democrats’ comparisons to McCarthy-style tactics in the 1950s and saying Congress has a right to get information about Ms. Lerner’s role in the IRS’s tea-party targeting scandal.


  • **FILE** Former IRS official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. (Associated Press)

    House committee votes to refer Lerner to Justice Dept. for criminal charges

    The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to approve an referral to the Justice Department officially accusing Lois G. Lerner of breaking criminal laws in targeting tea party groups for special scrutiny in their tax-exempt status applications.


  • President Barack Obama is given an "I'm an Obamanaut" bumper sticker at NASA operations at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., April 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Dallas IRS office plastered with pro-Obama stickers, screensavers

    Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it's pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats.


  • FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday, April 9, 2014,  to refer Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency's tea party controversy. On Thursday, the House Oversight Committee and its tenacious chairman, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has scheduled a vote on whether to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress for not responding to questions at two Oversight hearings. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    IRS employees, offices found where Obama, Democratic support was 'commonplace'

    Ethics investigators publicly accused several Internal Revenue Service employees and offices Wednesday of engaging in pro-Democratic politics on government time, including one agency office in Dallas where employees posting pro-Obama stickers and buttons was "commonplace."


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    Handling of former IRS employee Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe

    As the House prepares for several key votes on former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois G. Lerner and potential legal action, analysts say she and her attorney have mishandled their case by picking and choosing when they want to talk, and to whom they are willing to talk.


  • **FILE** Former IRS official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. (Associated Press)

    House GOP sets first vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt over IRS targeting

    House Republicans have scheduled a vote next week to hold Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the Internal Revenue Service's tea party targeting scandal, setting up a major battle over constitutional rights versus Congress' ability to oversee the government.


  • Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Oversight Committee hearing probing whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government’s tax agency. Earlier this month, IRS official Lois Lerner was called to testify about the controversy but refused to answer questions by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at least nine times. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    IRS stonewalls probe of tea party targeting emails

    The Internal Revenue Service's tea party targeting program is still withholding approval of 19 organizations' nonprofit status, nearly a year after the scandal was revealed, the agency's commissioner testified Wednesday to Congress — where he faced fierce criticism from lawmakers who said he is stonewalling.


  • House Oversight Committee Republicans' new report accuses Lois G. Lerner of "reckless handling" of sensitive taxpayer information because she forwarded it from her government account to a private email. (Associated Press)

    House lawyer: IRS's Lerner can be held in contempt

    The House's chief counsel has concluded that that Lois G. Lerner, the former employee at the center of the IRS targeting scandal, can still be cited for contempt of Congress, according to a memo released Wednesday.


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