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As Lois Lerner Pleads The Fifth, The IRS's Problems Aren't Just Political

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: Lois Lerner, former Director of Exempt Organizations, left, listens to her attorney, right, as Inter
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: Lois Lerner, former Director of Exempt Organizations, left, listens to her attorney, right, as Internal Revenue Service officials face the House Oversight Committee on May, 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Since dropping the bomb that her division of the IRS had been improperly giving extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, has kept quiet. Tuesday, she made it official, pleading the Fifth Amendment at a House Oversight Committee.

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