Published April 10, 2014
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A House committee is voting whether to hold the former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. Lerner previously headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.
A House committee voted Thursday to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, as Republicans escalated their bid to “get to the bottom” of the former IRS official’s role in the political targeting scandal.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt. The party-line vote followed hours of heated debate on the committee.