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I was still there and I'm the director of exempt organizations at the Internal Revenue Service.
I have been a government employee for over 34 years.
I initially practiced -- at the department of justice and later -- Federal Election Commission.
I moved to the IRS to work in the exempt organizations office.
And in 2006 I was promoted to be the director of that office.
Exempt organizations overseas about.
One point six million tax exempt organizations and processes over 60000 applications for tax exemption every year.
As director I'm responsible for about 900 employees nationwide and administer a budget of almost a hundred million dollars.
My professional career has been devoted to fulfilling responsibilities.
Of the agencies for which I have worked and I am very proud of the work that -- done in government.
On May fourteenth as treasury inspector general -- -- court finding that the exempt organizations field office.
In Cincinnati Ohio used in appropriate criteria.
To identify for further review.
Applications from organizations.
That plan to engage in political activity which me.
Mean that they did not qualify for tax exemption.
On that same day the Department of Justice launched an investigation into the matters described in the inspector general's report.
In addition members of this committee have accused me of providing false information.
When I responded to questions about the IRS processing of applications for tax exemption.
I have not done anything wrong.
I have not broken any laws.
I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information.
To this or any other congressional committee.
Well I would very much like to answer the committee's questions today.
I've been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing.
After very careful consideration.
I've decided to follow my counsel's advice and not testify or answer any of the questions today.
Because I'm asserting my right not to testify I know that some people assume that I've done something wrong.
I have not.
One of the basic functions of the Fifth Amendment is to protect innocent individuals.
And that is the protection I'm invoking today thank you.
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