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Fifth Amendment: Lois Lerner refuses to testify again about admitted IRS scandal

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Lois Lerner refused to testify again before the hearing held Wednesday regarding the IRS targeting of Conservative groups. According to a March 5 report on, the former IRS official took the Fifth Amendment privilege when called for a second time to testify before the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

The IRS has admitted to targeting Conservative groups during and prior to the 2012 Presidential Election, often making it more difficult for them to achieve the tax exempt status that their left-leaning counterparts found much more achievable.

Lerner was in charge of the division of the IRS that handled these approvals, and she had previously apologized for the actions of the IRS in this matter. Her refusal to provide further information has drawn the criticism of folks on both sides of the aisle, but today, a partisan division between Chairman Issa and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., developed which prompted Issa to have Rep. Cummings’ microphone cut off.

Issa has suggested that this committee’s future actions may have come to an end today with Lerner’s refusal to testify and provide further information to the members. There are, however, other investigations taking place, including a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

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