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WASHINGTON, May 23- Lois Lerner, an Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the scandal over the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups, was put on administrative leave on Thursday after she refused to resign, a U.S. senator said. An IRS spokesman declined to comment on Lerner's status, citing privacy concerns.
WASHINGTON, May 22- Three congressional hearings during the past week have allowed lawmakers to vent their anger at the U.S. tax agency for its targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny, but the sessions have yielded few answers about who was responsible.
Lawmakers have accused top IRS officials of lying to Congress and not being more forthcoming about what they knew about the targeting. Here is what is publicly known about the IRS scandal, based on the Treasury audit, congressional investigators and IRS officials' recent testimony:.
By Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West. WASHINGTON, May 22- The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of a scandal about extra tax scrutiny of conservative groups told Congress on Wednesday she had done nothing wrong but invoked her constitutional right not to answer questions.
Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the political targeting scandal plans to assert her constitutional right not to answer questions from a congressional committee.
WASHINGTON, May 21- Lois Lerner, an Internal Revenue Service official who revealed that the agency was giving extra scrutiny to conservative groups, will assert her constitutional right not to answer questions from a congressional committee on Wednesday, her lawyer said in a letter obtained by Reuters.
After a Treasury Department report last week confirmed the targeting by the IRS, the tax agency became the focus of a criminal probe by the Justice Department.
Below are some of the major players in the backlash over the IRS paying extra attention to advocacy groups whose names included terms such as "patriot" or " Tea Party" when considering applications for tax-exempt status.
WASHINGTON-- Congressional Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday challenged Attorney General Eric Holder over the Justice Department's handling of the investigation of national security leaks and its failure to talk to The Associated Press before issuing subpoenas for the news service's telephone records.
WASHINGTON, May 15- A second U.S. House of Representatives committee announced on Wednesday it will hold a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.
WASHINGTON, May 14- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 2012 reviewed allegations that conservative Tea Party groups had come under extra scrutiny by the tax service's agents and found bias against conservatives, Republican members of Congress said on Tuesday.
*Lawmakers doubt IRS explanation that targeting was not political. It needs to have a full investigation, " House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, said on" Fox News Sunday. "
*IRS put conservative groups under closer scrutiny. WASHINGTON, May 11- A senior U.S. Internal Revenue Service official knew in 2011 that IRS agents were giving extra scrutiny to conservative Tea Party groups, according to documents from a watchdog office obtained by Reuters on Saturday.
WASHINGTON, May 11- A report from the watchdog agency overseeing the Internal Revenue Services finds that a top IRS official knew that lower level agents gave extra scrutiny to conservative Tea Party groups as early as 2011, according to a congressional source with knowledge of the findings.
*IRS gave conservative groups greater scrutiny. WASHINGTON, May 11- A senior Republican senator condemned the Internal Revenue Service on Saturday for singling out conservative political groups for extra scrutiny, while the IRS described the incident as isolated and not politically motivated.
WASHINGTON, May 10- Republican lawmakers blasted the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Friday after a top IRS official apologized for "inappropriate" targeting by the agency of applications for tax-exempt status from conservative political groups.
WASHINGTON, April 30- The District of Columbia has begun a review of century-old rules limiting building heights that could let the low-rise U.S. capital grow upward without harming views of landmarks such as the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.
*Airlines, FAA say safety not affected by furloughs. Without any debate, the Senate unanimously passed legislation giving the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.
*Airlines, FAA say safety not affected by furloughs. Under bipartisan legislation that is all but ready to be presented to the full Senate, the Department of Transportation would be given new flexibility to take unspent funds and use them to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.
The House of Representatives could vote soon after but leaders in that chamber first want to see what the Senate produces, fearing a retreat on this issue could open the door to easing other budget cuts. One option senators are exploring is attaching legislation to an unrelated Internet sales tax bill currently being debated, a Senate aide said on Thursday.