House GOP holds IRS Chief in contempt

Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., right, and the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., listen to debate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, as the Republican-controlled panel called for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to be found in contempt of Congress for her previous refusal to answer questions at two hearings probing whether tea party and conservative political groups had been targeted for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to refer former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency’s tea party controversy.