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House investigator Darrell Issa wonders why Lois Lerner resigned from IRS if she did nothing wrong

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Lois Lerner, the IRS official who led the division that targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny, resigned her post Monday, but House investigators still want her to testify about the scandal.

“Lois Lerner's exit from the IRS does not alter the Oversight Committee's interest in understanding why applicants for tax exempt status were targeted and inappropriately treated because of their political beliefs," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

"We still don’t know why Lois Lerner, as a senior IRS official, had such a personal interest in directing scrutiny and why she denied improper conduct to Congress. Her departure does not answer these questions or diminish the Committee’s interest in hearing her testimony,” he said.

Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify against herself when the Oversight Committee summoned her in May.

"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws," she said in a brief statement at the hearing. "I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided any false information to this or any other committee."

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