In what is the most serious escalation yet of the revelations surrounding the agency, Holder said the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation would examine whether any laws were violated at the IRS, which has acknowledged that it selected groups with the words “tea party” and “patriot” in their names for special audits. “The FBI is coordinating with the Justice Department to see if any laws were broken in connection with those matters,” Holder said in announcing the investigation. “We are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations.” The criminal probe ensures that the IRS will be the subject of intense attention for the foreseeable future. [WaPo]
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