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    Panel: Lois Lerner Eyed GOP Senator

    Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Recent cyberattacks on payment systems at Target Corp. and other U.S. retailers show that U.S. laws designed to protect consumer data need updating, lawmakers said yesterday at the first of three congressional hearings on the matter. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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    The House Ways and Means Committee announced Wednesday that it has evidence that former IRS official Lois Lerner briefly considered referring Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa for a potential audit. Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said in a statement, “The fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States senator is shocking.” Lerner received an invitation to a speech intended for Grassley and was concerned that an offer to pay Grassley’s wife to attend might raise tax issues that needed to be examined. However, another IRS official quickly dissauded Lerner of this and the matter was apparently dropped.

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