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Politics

Key IRS official set to refuse to testify at hearing

Cites possibility of criminal case from scandal

WASHINGTON — A key figure in the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups plans to invoke her constitutional right against self-incrimination and decline to testify at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Lois Lerner heads the IRS division that singled out conservative groups for additional scrutiny when they had applied for tax-exempt status since 2010. She was subpoenaed to testify before the House oversight committee.

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