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-- drama crossover on Capitol Hill today when a top -- officials showed up at the hearing and took the fifth.
One Republican though said not so fast.
-- -- is the head of the agency's tax exempt division she's apologized for staffers targeting conservative groups that apply for tax exempt status.
Today she refused to enter any questions about the scandal but one Republican says -- tried to have it both ways by also pleading her case in an opening statement.
I have not done anything wrong.
I have not broken any laws I've decided to follow my counsel's advice.
And not testify or answer any of the questions today.
She just testified she just waived her Fifth Amendment right to privilege.
You don't get to tell your side of the story and then not be subjected to cross examination the gentle lady was departed.
Was entitled to -- -- -- amendment although there are some questions about how it was done there can be no question.
That we have to respect it.
Let's chairman Darrell -- and he says the committee will call -- back to testify if the lawyers decide she did break any rules.
That -- always on this from Washington's and she.
-- -- Sony claims the fifth they usually do so without equivocation they stated and then they shut up not soloist -- Republican congressman trade -- himself a former prosecutor jumped on it as you just saw.
But it wasn't just Republicans today firing shots at the IRS the committee's top Democrat went after former IRS commissioner Douglas Schulman.
For saying back in march of 2012 that there was absolutely no targeting taking place.
And then not correcting the record.
At the time.
I learned about this list.
I felt I was taking the appropriate com.
Actions in the my course was the proper one and I still feel that -- today.
Well I'm sorry there's simply not good enough you personally knew there was a target -- The committee wants to know how hide knowledge of the targeting -- -- and who ordered that.
-- -- acknowledged to the committee that he visited the White House 118.
Times during his tenure as commissioner.
You're very aware of the -- -- under oath today.
-- very aware that and your testimony.
To be very clear in response to mr.
Is that you you never had any conversation with respect to this subject the subject of this hearing.
With anybody at the White House though you -- at the White House 118 times that.
Yeah I mean just so I'm just so I'm clear -- no memory.
Would have been appropriate.
After 118 visits chairman -- a produced a string of emails today showing that.
Before a presidential election the IG repeatedly failed to alert the committee to its ongoing investigation.
As required by law --
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