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IRS Official Lerner Won't Be Charged With Contempt, DOJ Says

Law360, New York (April 1, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it will not seek criminal contempt charges against former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, prompting criticism from Republicans who had sought to hold her accountable for refusing to testify about the agency’s alleged improper targeting of political groups.

The DOJ said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, that it had concluded that an opening statement made during a May 2013 hearing hadn't constituted a waiver of her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify at...
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