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Obama administration will let key witness testify on lost IRS emails…after the election...maybe

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen (C) is sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform's Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee continues to investigate the IRS for targeting political groups applying for tax-exempt status for intensive scrutiny based on their names or political themes. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of preventing an official with information about the IRS scandal from testifying until after the November election.

Camp wrote to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to point out that his committee asked in mid-September to hear testimony from Hannah Stott-Bumstead, a lawyer who may have been the first person told about the lost emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner.

Congress is still asking questions about the scandal involving Lois Lerner and the IRS, run by Commissioner John Koskinen, but the Treasury Department is delaying the availability of a key witness. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Camp said that while he had hoped to hear from the witness within two weeks, and Treasury seemed to have no objections to having her testify, Treasury later ignored their request.

"Treasury officials ignored this committee's phone and email inquiries about Ms. Stott-Bumstead's availability," Camp wrote. "On the morning of October 14, a month from the initial request, the same Treasury officials told staff that Ms. Stott-Bumstead was not available until sometime in November."

Camp also said he was told by Treasury that interviewing a Treasury lawyer poses "Constitutional and practical concerns." But Camp said the committee has interviewed more than a dozen Treasury lawyers already.

"Why the sudden change in protocol?" he asked.

Read his letter here:

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