Oversight Committee recalls former IRS official to testify

(FOX19) - 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.

Meanwhile, House 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 certain organizations."

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.

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