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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, released excerpts appearing to support his case that neither the White House nor the IRS headquarters in Washington pushed for extra scrutiny of the conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, released excerpts appearing to support his case that neither the White House nor the IRS headquarters in Washington pushed for extra scrutiny of the conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. (Associated Press)

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Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel (right) talks with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, prior to testifying before the committee on Thursday. (Associated Press)

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J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (left) and Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, watch a "Star Trek" video produced for an IRS conference as they testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding IRS conference spending. (Associated Press)

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J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (left) and Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, watch a "Star Trek" video produced for an IRS conference as they testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding IRS conference spending. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., asks a question during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing of organizations that say they were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service while seeking tax-exempt status, in Washington, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., asks a question during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing of organizations that say they were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service while seeking tax-exempt status, in Washington, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., asks a question during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing of organizations that say they were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service while seeking tax-exempt status, in Washington, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Danny Werfel (left), the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General, appear before the House Appropriations Oversight Committee on the IRS in Washington on June 3, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Tea Party supporters gather for a rally outside the IRS headquarter in Washington on May 21, 2013. A few dozen tea party activists and their supporters have gathered outside the IRS headquarters in Washington to protest extra scrutiny of their organizations. (Associated Press)

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Danny Werfel (left), the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General, appear before the House Appropriations Oversight Committee on the IRS in Washington on June 3, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Danny Werfel (left), the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General, appear before the House Appropriations Oversight Committee on the IRS in Washington on June 3, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa said uneven scrutiny by the IRS was "a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters." (Associated Press photographs)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa said uneven scrutiny by the IRS was "a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters." (Associated Press photographs)

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Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel faces more questioning on Capitol Hill this week about the agency's scrutiny of applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups.

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** FILE ** President Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Mr. Obama announced the resignation of Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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**FILE** The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Tea Party supporters gather for a rally outside the IRS headquarter in Washington, May 21, 2013. A few dozen tea party activists and their supporters have gathered outside the IRS headquarters in Washington to protest extra scrutiny of their organizations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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"Instead of using the power of the state to silence and intimidate political opponents, the IRS should be focused on collecting taxes from people who are delinquent." — Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican.