Impeachment drags IRS scandal into the spotlight

Just days after former IRS official Lois Lerner escaped criminal charges from the Department of Justice, Republicans in Congress moved to impeach the head of the tax agency for his role in trying to cover up the misconduct that landed Lerner under investigation.

The impeachment resolution, brought Tuesday by members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, capped off a week that saw the embattled tax agency back under fire for a scandal that surfaced more than two years ago.

Republicans revisited the scandal on Friday, when the Justice Department announced it was ending its criminal probe of the IRS without pressing any charges.

Republicans were outraged that Lerner, who ran the IRS tax-exempt unit that was accused of targeting conservative groups, would not face any accountability for her involvement in the controversial practice. The Justice Department's move reignited accusations that the agency under President Obama has failed to hold members of the administration responsible for misconduct.

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