Tempers flare after Lois Lerner declines to testify about IRS targeting (Video)

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) faces off with ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) after former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner once again refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing. (The Washington Post)

A congressional hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting controversy quickly turned into a tense affair Wednesday as former IRS official Lois Lerner declined to testify, and a top Republican adjourned the meeting without input from Democrats.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked Lerner a series of questions about her role in developing the IRS’s problematic screening methods for nonprofit groups, but Lerner refused to answer.

“On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question,” the former official said repeatedly.

See the video at Federal Eye.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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