House committee: Possible crimes by IRS official Lois Lerner in tea party controversy

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says investigators have uncovered evidence that a former Internal Revenue Service official may have committed crimes as part of the agency's tea party controversy.

Rep. Dave Camp set a committee vote for Wednesday on whether to refer Lois Lerner, who used to head the agency's tax-exempt division, to the Justice Department. Camp, a Michigan Republican, did not specify which laws Lerner may have broken.

Lerner's lawyer has said she broke no laws.

The Justice Department is already investigating whether any crimes were committed when IRS agents singled out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

Camp's committee has been investigating the IRS for nearly a year.

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