House Holds IRS Official in Contempt

    Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the start of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner later invoked her constitutional right to not answer questions and was dismissed by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to hold former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups. Lerner outraged Republicans when she admitted the IRS gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups but repeatedly refused to testify on Capitol Hill, claiming her Fifth Amendment privlege. Her case will now be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and the contempt charge will be reviewed by grand jury. If convicted, Lerner could face one month to a year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

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