Challenging Congressional Subpoenas: Procedural Options

Law360, New York (April 9, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT) -- For over two years, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating whether conservative groups that applied for IRS recognition of their tax-exempt status were subject to heightened scrutiny by the IRS. The committee has held multiple hearings and issued a number of subpoenas for witness testimony. One of the subpoenaed witnesses is Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS division responsible for reviewing those tax-exemption applications. In her first appearance before the committee, Lerner insisted she had done nothing illegal and then refused to answer any questions by asserting her Fifth-Amendment right not to testify. The investigation...

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