The Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify before Congressional panels. She is at the center of a scandal over the agency’s alleged targeting of conservative groups. Lerner has refused to testify on Capitol Hill, citing her Fifth Amendment rights. Republicans are looking to expose an alleged pattern of cover-up by the White House; Democrats see the move as political foreplay to election season. Lerner’s case will now be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.