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Controversial IRS Official Claims Harassment Over Politicized Role

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A top Internal Revenue Service official has faced harassment, including threatening telephone calls and visits to her home, after being singled out for criticism by Republicans, her lawyer alleges in a letter to lawmakers.

The official, Holly Paz, has been on administrative leave since June in connection with the controversy over how the IRS scrutinized conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Paz was involved in subjecting some tea party groups to scrutiny and helped conduct an internal review of the program, but has not been formally accused of wrongdoing.

In a Tuesday letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Paz's attorney wrote that she and her family have suffered repeated threats and harassment since Republicans suggested she had been inconsistent in her testimony to the panel.