House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp said Wednesday that a former Senate Finance chairman was among those targeted for extra scrutiny by the IRS.
"We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States Senator is shocking," Camp said in a statement. "At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights."
According to the House committee, Iowa Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley was suggested for additional scrutiny by then-IRS official Lois Lerner.
"The fact that refuses to investigate the IRS’s abuses or appoint a special counsel demonstrates, yet again, this Administration’s unwillingness to uphold the rule of law," Camp said.
In an email released by Camp, Lerner suggested that she had gotten a document from a group "inappropriately offering to pay for Grassley's wife" at an event and proposed that the matter be examined. Lerner also said that she didn't "want to be on stage with Grassley" at an event that both apparently were invited to.
Another IRS official suggests the invitation wasn't against the law.
The committee used its statutory authority to review confidential tax information in making the discovery about Grassley. That authority allowed the review of emails related to the senator.