Neal Wolin: Treasury
Department Had No Role in IRS Targeting
May 22, 2013
The official at the center of the U.S. tax collection agency's targeting
of conservative groups says she did nothing wrong and has invoked her
constitutional right to not answer questions from a Congressional
Lois Lerner, who heads the office that decides whether groups qualify
for tax exemptions, invoked her right against incriminating herself
Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Before refusing to answer questions, Lerner told the panel she broke no
laws and has provided no false information to lawmakers.
The committee is trying to decide whether the Internal Revenue Service's
scrutiny focused on Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking
non-profit status, was politically motivated.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin testified his agency played no role
in the IRS targeting. He said when he learned last year of an
investigation of the IRS he told the inspector general to follow the
facts wherever they lead and Treasury would stay out of the way.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa opened the meeting by charging IRS
officials who knew earlier about the targeting, did not tell Congress
about it. He said "Congress was misled. The American people were
Lerner revealed the agency's targeting two weeks ago and apologized for