(Bloomberg) Lois Lerner, the mid-level Internal Revenue Service official at the center of a controversy over the agency’s scrutiny of small-government groups, will invoke her constitutional right not to testify before Congress, according to a letter from her lawyer.

“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” William Taylor of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in Washington wrote to Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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