June 26th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Rep. Camp: GOP Senator targeted by IRS official

A sitting senator – a Republican - allegedly targeted by Lois Lerner at the IRS.

Lois Learner is at the center of the scandal - she's the top official accused of targeting political groups.

And now the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is accusing her of targeting Senator Chuck Grassley for increased IRS scrutiny as well. CNN's Joe Johns has more.

Filed under: GOP • Internal Revenue Service • News • Politics
June 23rd, 2014
09:32 PM ET

IRS chief under fire for missing emails

A White House lawyer has been subpoenaed over thousands of missing IRS emails. A congressional committee investigating the IRS scandal wants the attorney to appear before a hearing Tuesday.

It's one of several tough hearings on the scandal. The star witness at Monday's hearing is IRS commissioner John Koskinen.

What's up with IRS emails? Key questions about the controversy

The issue: thousands of missing emails belonging to Lois Lerner –the woman who headed the IRS division that targeted political groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Those emails could determine whether the order to target the tea party and other groups came from inside or outside the agency.
Republicans say the missing emails are further proof the agency is lying.

IRS blasted over lost hard drive, but no apology from agency chief

Democrats say this is just a witch hunt.

How likely is it the emails are really gone, accidentally, forever?

Tom Foreman has the answer.

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Filed under: Internal Revenue Service • News • Politics
March 5th, 2014
08:37 PM ET

Lawmakers clash during IRS hearing: Rep. Issa turns Rep. Cummings' microphone off

Tempers flare on Capitol Hill.

During a House Oversight  hearing about whether the IRS intentionally targeted conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, former IRS official Lois Lerner pleaded the fifth yet again.

Issa: GOP-led IRS targeting probe may be at 'dead end'

The hearing turn ugly when the chairman of the committee, Republican Darrell Issa, tried to shut it down altogether, saying "Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee, and I can see no point in going further."

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That set off ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings.

As he stood up to leave, Cummings spoke into his mic: "Mr. Chairman? Mr. Chairman, I have a statement."

Issa ignored him and started to leave while Cummings continued. "Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this," says Cummings. "You just cannot do this.We're better than that as a country, we're better than that as a committee. I have asked for a few minutes..."

Issa muted Cummings' mic as he spoke. Issa returned to his seat and turned the mic back on, telling the rest of the chamber they were free to leave. “We've all adjourned, but the gentleman may ask his question,” Issa said.

OutFront: Bill Kristol and CNN contributor Paul Begala.

Filed under: Internal Revenue Service • News • Politics
September 23rd, 2013
09:32 PM ET

Embattled IRS Official Lois Lerner retires

The Internal Revenue Service says Lois Lerner, who admitted that her department had targeted conservative groups applying for a tax exempt status – is no longer with the agency.

CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger is OutFront.

Filed under: Internal Revenue Service • News
September 5th, 2013
09:55 PM ET

Critics: Tax-exempt groups cheat the system

Too political to be tax exempt?

Tonight we're taking you to the heart the targeting scandal that rocked the IRS political organizations on both sides of the isle that seek a tax-exempt status.

And, as part of a special week-long OutFront investigation, our Gloria Borger looks into whether these groups are hiding their true intentions and cheating the system, and other taxpayers.

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