June 7th, 2013
03:55 PM ET
11 months ago

Udall: 'I did everything' to alert public to gov't snooping

(CNN) – After President Barack Obama asserted Friday that lawmakers opposed to the government's phone surveillance program had a chance to raise concerns, one Democrat said he's been trying to alert the American public for years about attempts to mine their personal data.

Sen. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat who has long pushed for greater transparency in the government's counterterror efforts, told CNN he had taken exhaustive steps to unveil the reasoning behind the National Security Agency's collection of phone call information.
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Filed under: Mark Udall • Terrorism
June 3rd, 2013
09:57 AM ET
11 months ago

Breaking: Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89

(CNN) – Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982 and was the chamber's last surviving World War II veteran, died Monday of viral pneumonia, his office announced.

Lautenberg, 89, missed key Senate votes late last year during a weeks-long absence due to a cold that turned into what he called a "severe case of bronchitis with fluid in the chest."

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Filed under: Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
May 31st, 2013
06:47 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: IRS on defense over employee dance video

Updated 8:40 p.m. ET Friday 5/31

(CNN) – A newly obtained video has the IRS running damage control on a new front, as the embattled agency prepares for the release next week of an inspector general report that will be critical of how money was spent on staff conferences.

In the video, an apparent team-building exercise, employees are taught the Cupid Shuffle dance move as they prepare to present the dance as a group at a 2010 conference.
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First on CNN: IRS collects docs from 88 employees in investigation
May 31st, 2013
04:58 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: IRS collects docs from 88 employees in investigation

Updated 5:49 p.m. ET Friday 5/31

Washington (CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service has told House GOP investigators they have identified 88 IRS employees who may have documents relevant to the congressional investigation into targeting of conservative groups, according to a congressional source familiar with the investigation.

The IRS asked these employees to preserve all the "responsive documents" on their computers, and it has been in the process of collecting it all to comply with congressional requests for information. The IRS missed its May 21st deadline to turn over documents to the House Ways and Means Committee.
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Filed under: Congress • Darrell Issa • IRS
First on CNN: House investigators questioning IRS Cincinnati workers
May 30th, 2013
02:46 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: House investigators questioning IRS Cincinnati workers

Washington (CNN) – House investigators are interviewing two front-line Internal Revenue Service employees from the Cincinnati tax exempt office this week in Washington, and plan to interview two others next week, two congressional sources familiar with the investigation tell CNN.

House investigators are hoping these IRS employees will shed light on exactly why tea party and other conservative groups were inappropriately targeted for excess scrutiny when applying for tax exempt status.
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Filed under: Congress • IRS
May 23rd, 2013
05:45 PM ET
11 months ago

IRS official Lois Lerner placed on administrative leave

Washington (CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service official overseeing the unit that targeted conservative groups for several years beginning in the spring of 2010 has been placed on administrative leave, according to Congressional sources in both parties.

Lois Lerner was the director of exempt organizations when the agency filtered applications for tax exempt status for words such as "patriot" and "tea party."
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Issa will recall IRS official who refused to answer questions
May 23rd, 2013
11:55 AM ET
11 months ago

Issa will recall IRS official who refused to answer questions

(CNN) – A top Internal Revenue Service official who declared Wednesday she hadn't broken the law – and then refused to answer lawmaker questions – will be called to appear again in front of a congressional oversight panel, a spokesman for the committee's chairman said Thursday.

Lois Lerner, who oversees the IRS division responsible for tax exempt organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Wednesday at a Capitol Hill hearing meant to probe the tax agency's admitted targeting of conservative groups.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS
IRS official to plead the Fifth at congressional hearing
May 21st, 2013
04:54 PM ET
11 months ago

IRS official to plead the Fifth at congressional hearing

(CNN) – The official in charge of an embattled Internal Revenue Service division will invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a Wednesday appearance before a House oversight panel, a spokesman for the committee said.

Lois Lerner, who oversaw the IRS division handling requests for tax-exempt status, made her intentions known in a letter to the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa. Lerner was the first IRS official to publically admit that the tax agency was using extra scrutiny on conservative groups applying to become tax exempt.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS
May 16th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
11 months ago

Another IRS official leaving

(CNN) - Joseph Grant plans to retire June 3 from the Internal Revenue Service, where he heads the agency's tax exempt/government entities division, according to an internal memo for IRS employees that was obtained by CNN.

He is the second top IRS official to announce his imminent resignation as the agency grapples with a scandal involving its targeting of conservative groups.


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First on CNN: Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman will testify next week
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) (L) and U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) talk during a break in a five-hour mark up hearing on Capitol Hill June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.
May 16th, 2013
05:13 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman will testify next week

Washington (CNN) – Former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who was at the helm of the IRS during most of the period agents were targeting conservative groups, will testify before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday, a House GOP aide tells CNN.

Shulman – no longer in the government – agreed to attend voluntarily.
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Filed under: House • IRS
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