The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to send a criminal referral letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him to determine whether Lois Lerner, the former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations unit, violated the law.

Lerner was the first IRS official to reveal last spring that the agency had been using terms like “Tea Party” and “Patriot” to screen out applications from organizations seeking tax-exempt status. The resulting furor led to a series of committee hearings and the ouster of Lerner along with several other top IRS officials. Lerner declined to testify at two congressional hearings on Fifth Amendment grounds, although her attorney has reportedly been seeking immunity for her to provide testimony.

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