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IRS Official Tells Congress: ‘I Have Not Done Anything Wrong’

Lois Lerner

IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The IRS official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions.

Lois Lerner, who heads the office that decides whether groups qualify for tax exemptions, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against incriminating herself on Wednesday. She did so as a witness before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which was holding a hearing on the IRS's inappropriate treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Before refusing to answer questions, Lerner told the panel that she has done nothing wrong, broke no laws and has provided no false information to lawmakers.

Lerner revealed the agency's targeting two weeks ago and apologized for the actions.

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