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(June 28) Today's Top Headlines - Houes panel moves to force IRS official to testify

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 9:42 am

According to a USA Today report, A deeply divided House Oversight Committee approved a resolution Friday declaring that Lois Lerner--the IRS official at the center of a firestorm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups—waived her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The move paves the way for the panel's GOP majority to force Lerner to reappear before the committee.

The resolution was approved on a partisan vote, 22-17, after a heated debate that oscillated between lofty constitutional questions and bitter partisan jabs. Lerner will almost certainly not comply with any effort by the committee to compel her testimony, and the committee's chairman did not say if or when he would recall her.

Lerner appeared before the committee under subpoena on May 22 and made an opening statement, declaring she had "not done anything wrong" and then declined to answer questions from committee members.

GOP Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said at stake in Friday's action was a question of "whether people will come and give one side of the story and not allow themselves to be cross examined."

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