New emails released in IRS scandal

(CNN) - New e-mails have been released in the IRS scandal involving the targeting of Tea Party groups.

The activist group Judicial Watch released e-mails that show former IRS official Lois Lerner in talks with the Justice Department to investigate some tax-exempt organizations for possible fraud.

In the e-mails, Lerner discusses plans to prosecute nonprofit groups that she feels "lied" about their political activities.

The e-mails were exchanged before the IRS targeting scandal became public knowledge.

Lerner has since retired from the IRS after being placed on administrative leave last year.

She is facing contempt charges in Congress for refusing to answer questions about the scandal.

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