Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS division that oversees nonprofit groups, struck a defiant tone in a statement to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today.
"I have not done anything wrong," she said. "I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee."
Lerner sparked the IRS scandal on May 10 when she acknowledged that the agency wrongly targeted conservative groups applying for a tax exemption. Her lawyer told the House committee this week that she will invoke her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.