Lois Lerner, IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, declares her innocence in the agency scandal during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on May 22, 2013. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON -- A House committee is planning to challenge whether an Internal Revenue Service supervisor properly invoked her constitutional right against self-incrimination at a hearing on the agency's targeting of conservative groups.

Lois Lerner used to oversee the IRS division that targeted groups for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. At a May 22 hearing, she invoked her right not to answer lawmakers' questions after declaring in an opening statement that she had done nothing wrong.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to vote Friday on whether Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions by making an opening statement.

Several law professors were skeptical about the committee's case.

Lerner's lawyer, William Taylor, declined to comment. The IRS has placed Lerner on administrative leave.

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