Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) voted earlier today to bring Lois Lerner, the former official who directed the tax-exempt organizations division at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to submit testimony before the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform. Lerner was put on administrative leave in May after reports confirmed her division illegally targeted conservative groups and individuals for tax-exempt status. Following the vote during a Committee business meeting, Collins released the following statement to discuss this important decision and what he hopes to hear from Lerner in her upcoming testimony.
"Ms. Lerner has had more than enough time to give the American people the answers they deserve," said Collins. "Unfortunately, she chose to waste valuable time for almost two months throughout the information-gathering period, but now we will finally have the opportunity to learn the truth about how this terrible injustice occurred. My vote today stands true with the commitment I made to uphold the Constitution of the United States and protect the inalienable rights of the people of Georgia's Ninth District. Ms. Lerner took those liberties for granted, and her actions will not be tolerated by this legislative body. I look forward to hearing to Ms. Lerner's testimony before the Committee in the upcoming weeks, and setting the record straight to ensure this egregious violation of trust never happens again."
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