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House panel refers ex-IRS official to Justice Dept.

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Washington, D.C. — The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency’s tea party controversy.

Committee investigators say they have uncovered evidence that Lois Lerner may have violated the constitutional rights of conservative groups, misled investigators and was reckless with confidential taxpayer information.

Lerner, who retired last year, headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The agency has acknowledged…

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