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WASHINGTON (FOX19) -
Hearings continued on Capitol
Hill Wednesday as members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee
delved further into the admitted targeting of conservative groups.
"I have not done anything
wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or
regulations and I have not provided any false information to this or any other
congressional committee," IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner told
the committee. "Because I'm asserting my right not to testify I know some
people will assume I've done something wrong. I have not. One of the basic
functions of the Fifth Amendment is to protect innocent individuals and that is
the protection I am invoking today."
Following her statement
Lerner was dismissed subject to recall.
Lerner did not testify, Holly Paz, the former manager of the Cincinnati
Determinations Unit did answer committee questions on Tuesday.
were shocked to find that Ms. Paz participated in virtually every one of the
interrogations or interviews with her own subordinates," committee Chairman
Darrell Paz said during the hearing.
later went on to question the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
about whether it is routine to let the "target" of an audit sit in so they know
the questions and answers when they later maybe a "target of misconduct".
hindsight, given this matter, obviously seems somewhat unusual, I need to do a
little more research," J. Russell George responded.
the audit interviews George says it was never revealed how the targeting began.
have had some difficulty in terms of getting clarity from some of the IRS
employees we've interviewed," George responded to a question posed by
California representative Jackie Speier.
the Inspector General's audit points the finger up the chain.
was very inadequate training of the people who were handling these applications
and I do fault the IRS for that," George testified.
explained that part of the issue in getting answers was that an audit was
conducted an not an investigation and as a result workers were not under oath
and interviews may not have been handled under the same guidelines.
committee chairman says he is looking into whether Lerner waived her Fifth
Amendment right when she addressed the committee with a statement.