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Federal officials testify before a House panel concerning IRS oversight of conservative political groups. (Source: NBC) Federal officials testify before a House panel concerning IRS oversight of conservative political groups. (Source: NBC)
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WASHINGTON, DC (NBC) - The U.S. House Oversight Committee held a second day of hearings on Tuesday focusing on thousands of lost Internal Revenue Service emails.

Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-CA, turned up the heat early when he accused Jennifer O'Connor, a former IRS attorney who now works at the White House, of being a "hostile witness."

O'Connor denied the charge and Issa later backtracked to say she is "non-cooperative" instead of hostile.

O'Connor, who worked at the IRS from May of 2013 to November of 2013, helped the IRS gather documents related to Congressional investigations focusing on alleged targeting of conservative political groups.

Issa has said O'Connor's testimony was necessary because during that period she had a primary role in gathering the documents to be presented to the committee.

Democrats have said it is purely a political ploy.

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