Senior Internal Revenue Service officials—including one at the heart of the IRS “targeting” scandal—violated agency policies and possibly federal records laws by using private email to send confidential taxpayer information, the GOP-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said in a letter.
Newly released emails reveal that Lois Lerner specifically targeted Tea Party applications and ordered them to be put on hold until 2011.
The Internal Revenue Service official under fire for her role in targeting conservative nonprofit groups used a private email address to conduct official business, congressional investigators say.
Members of Congress investigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative political groups said a Tuesday hearing helped to put a human face on what they claim is a flagrant abuse of the agency’s power.
Republicans’ top House investigator revealed details of whistleblower testimony on Sunday that suggest the scandal involving targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service was more coordinated than the agency has admitted.
Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, NBC News reports.
Embattled IRS employee Lois Lerner waived her right to Fifth Amendment protections by presenting an opening statement, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said on Thursday.