A key IRS official refuses to testify, a former IRS director is pummeled with questions,and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew feels the heat as the fallout from the IRS scandal reverberates through the halls of Congress.(May 22, 2013)
I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any -- 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. We will take your refusal as a refusal to testify. The witness. And console are dismissed she just testified she just waive your Fifth Amendment right to privileged children stand here and answer our question is the leader. Of the IR. At that time this happened. I accept the fact that this happened on my watch and I'm very sorry that this happened I could you sit there underworld. Testified before congress and say there's no actually no targeting going on. And what congress in that position to believe that you're telling the truth I understanding was that conservative groups were not the only ones. Getting these questions not just saying that. They want being targeted because other groups will also be targeted to biblical -- that was a sign on. -- -- so here's what everyone wants to now. -- 132 members the United States congress contacting you about this issue. And you never checked it out he never researched it I mean. Are you sure -- square with us today mr. -- I'm absolutely telling the truth today. Absolutely. Thank you mr. chairman. Mr. secretary thank you for being here today. A quick question for you -- when did you become aware that the allegations that there is targeting conservative groups wanted to become aware that the target was going on anxiety. -- learned the fact of an investigation. Was underway on March 15. But it did not know any of the details of that time you're where there's a scandal going on right now in Washington about the IRS. Target Americans right you're aware of this scandal. -- to testify and answer to this right when. Did you become aware that that targeting a few a group is going on. Times and a disaster but again that people can make all kinds of allegations that I had knowledge as of the dates that I describe it did not know there's an investigation. About investigation on camera and I would ask that the witness not exaggerate the effect until unrest affects. We ask any of them who learns best when did you look at the date when did you learn mr. -- That IRS was target Americans didn't -- tires and I was not aware of any of these tax until the days they told you about.