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CNN's Jessica Yellin on the latest back and forth surrounding the IRS targeting controversy.
A conservative group sued top IRS and White House officials Wednesday over tax-exempt status issues. Dana Bash reports.
Washington (CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service official overseeing the unit that targeted conservative groups for several years beginning in the spring of 2010 has been placed on administrative leave, according to Congressional sources in both parties.
Lois Lerner was the director of exempt organizations when the agency filtered applications for tax exempt status for words such as "patriot" and "tea party."
Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS unit handling tax-exempt status, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. CNN's Dana Bash reports. (Video)
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Rep. Darrell Issa talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about President Obama's call for changes at the IRS. (Video)
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the "misconduct" detailed in a report about the Internal Revenue Service's handling of requests from conservative groups is "inexcusable."
"Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," he said.
In the wake of the uproar, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requested - and has accepted - the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, according to Obama.
The president also said his administration will work to enact "new safeguards to make sure that this kind of behavior cannot happen again."
CNN's Dana Bash investigates the IRS targeting of conservative political groups and their failure to report wrongdoing.
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