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House of Representatives votes to hold former IRS official in contempt over tea party silence

Some representatives say the measure is necessary in order to find out the truth of what happened within the IRS

Tea party groups have claimed that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted tea partiers seeking non-profit status, but now, conservative congressmen have targeted the IRS, and former IRS official Lois Lerner is caught in the crossfire.

The House of Representatives voted 231 to 187, largely across party lines, on May 7 to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions on the IRS’s handling of tea party groups. According to some representatives, the measure is necessary in order to find out the truth of what happened within the IRS.

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