Emails show former IRS official tried to audit Iowa senator

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WASHINGTON, DC – Former IRS official Lois Lerner may not be talking to congress, but one email string is doing plenty of talking for her.

Reports out of Washington say congressional investigators turned up emails that seemed to show Lerner may have tried to audit Republican senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa.

Lerner apparently received by mistake an invitation to Grassley and his wife to attend an event. The organizers offered to pick up Mrs. Grassley’s expenses.

Lerner emailed another tax official to ask if they “should refer to exam.” The official replied that it was too early because Grassley hadn’t accepted the invite.

The e-mails released by the house ways and means committee didn’t say whether Lerner wanted to go after Grassley or the organization that invited them.

Grassley’s office said he didn’t attend the event, adding that “it’s very troubling that a simple clerical mix-up could get a taxpayer immediately referred for an IRS exam.”

The IRS didn’t respond, citing ironically, “taxpayer confidentiality.”