House Republicans are accusing Lois Lerner, the former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations unit, of emailing a colleague about subjecting Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to an IRS examination.
House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., has been among those investigating the scandal that erupted after Lerner revealed that the IRS had been using terms such as “Tea Party” and “Patriot” to screen applications from groups applying for tax-exempt status. He revealed a series of emails Wednesday between Lerner and a colleague over an invitation that had been sent to Grassley to speak at a seminar to which Lerner had also been invited to speak. The unidentified group offered to pay for both Grassley and his wife to attend the event. In the email messages, Lerner says she would rather not appear onstage with Grassley, but asks a colleague about whether Grassley or his wife needs to declare the travel reimbursement as income, and if they don’t, whether they should be subject to an IRS examination.
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