Oversight Committee recalls former IRS official to testify
A GOP bill is on the table that would delay, for one year,
IRS regulations drafted after last year's revelation that Cincinnati workers
subjected these groups for extra scrutiny.
Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter
to the attorney representing Lois Lerner, the former Director of the Exempt
Organizations unit of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS,
recalling her to testify before the Committee on March 5.
Lerner pleaded the Fifth after giving an opening statement
claiming her innocence in the scandal.
"Ms. Lerner's testimony
remains critical to the Committee's investigation," wrote Chairman Issa.
"Documents and testimony obtained by the Committee show that she played a
significant role in scrutinizing applications for tax exempt status from conservative
organizations. Documents also show that Ms. Lerner participated in "off
plan" work to develop rules that would allow the IRS to stifle constitutionally
protected political speech by non-profit groups. Ms. Lerner's testimony
will allow the Committee to better understand how and why the IRS targeted
Lerner was subpoenaed to
testify at the Committee's May 22, 2013 hearing. At the hearing, Lerner
gave a voluntary opening statement, under oath, discussing her position at the
IRS and professing her innocence.