The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23 to 14 today to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to Attorney General Eric Holder for possible criminal prosecution. The vote broke along party lines.

Before the vote, in a contentious open-to-the-public hearing that lasted only few minutes, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to immediately go into a closed session to discuss the letter proposed by the committee’s majority to refer Lerner for possible criminal prosecution.

When Ranking Member Sander Levin (D.-Mich.), seeking to make a point of order, repeatedly interrupted Chairman Dave Camp’s (R.-Mich.) attempt to start a roll-call vote intended to take the committee into closed session, Camp told him: “Just chill out. What is the gentleman’s point of order?”

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