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IRS official at center of probe pleads the 5th

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The IRS official who first apologized for her agency targeting conservative groups isn't answering questions about it. Lois Lerner was called to testify before Congress today, but her lawyer advised her not to talk, because of the on-going FBI criminal investigation.

The IRS official at the center of a Congressional probe into the targeting of Conservative groups pleaded the 5th.

Lois Lerner heads the IRS unit that decides who qualifies for tax exempt status. Before being dismissed, she read a brief statement.

In a letter to Congress, Lerner's attorney said she wouldn't be testifying because of the FBI investigation, irking some lawmakers.

Once Lerner left the hearing room, it was her former boss who got slammed with the tough questions.

In 2012, Douglas Shulman testified to Congress that the targeting of conservative groups wasn't going on, but later received word it was, and didn't inform Congress.

The Committee Chair said he may call Lois Lerner back in front of the committee, saying she waived her 5th Amendment right by giving an opening statement.

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