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Lois Lerner to testify before Congress regarding IRS scandal

Lois Lerner
Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner, the former IRS official involved with the Washington scandal regarding the alleged targeting of conservative groups, will testify before the United States Congress in the coming week. The announcement about Lois Lerner’s participation in the investigation was revealed by Rep. Darrell Issa who is a Republican from California, according to a UPI report on Sunday.

Lois Lerner is the former government official who refused to testify under subpoena back in May of last year regarding her participation in the alleged misconduct of targeting conservative groups that had been seeking tax-exempt status from the IRS. The scandal arose when it was learned by the United States Treasury Department’s inspector general that many groups with the terms “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their names were given special review before the tax exemption was given.

Rep. Issa revealed Lerner’s upcoming testimony while appearing on “Fox News Sunday. Issa is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was informed of Lerner’s participation in testifying last Wednesday by Lerner’s attorneys, which was in direct contrast to what Issa was told a week before when it was said that Lerner would not testify.

Issa said, "We know what she did, in most cases. What we don’t know is why she did it.” He also said that Lerner was not offered immunity.

Isa also said, “There have to be checks and balances, and if it’s the IRS, you’d better believe the American people, from the ACLU to the NRA, across the spectrum, want to make sure that politics stay out of the IRS.”