Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I.-Conn., has written a letter to the Internal Revenue Service asking for an explanation of its investigation of a speech by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at the United Church of Christ.

The IRS has been probing the church for a speech Obama delivered last June at its biennial General Synod meeting in Hartford, Conn., after he began his presidential campaign, and whether the speech violates the church's tax-exempt status. Obama is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which has sparked controversy for remarks made by its recently retired pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama delivered another speech in Philadelphia this week discussing those comments.

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