House votes to hold former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has voted to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

Lois Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. An inspector general's report blamed poor management but found no evidence of a political conspiracy.

Many Republicans in Congress believe otherwise. Democrats say the contempt citing is an election-year ploy.

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