IRS' Lerner Placed on Leave
Move comes after her non-testimony on Capitol Hill
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, appears on Capitol Hill Wednesday. She took the Fifth.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The IRS official at the center of the recent scandal has been placed on administrative leave, reports the National Review. Lois Lerner had been in charge of the agency's tax-exempt unit, which singled out conservative groups for added scrutiny. Her immediate boss already has been forced into early retirement, and critics have been calling for Lerner's head to roll as well. (Her role in using a planted question to make the controversy public hasn't helped her cause.)

On Capitol Hill yesterday, Lerner denied any wrongdoing but invoked the Fifth in refusing to answer questions. The chair of the House Oversight panel, Darrell Issa, says he plans to call her back to testify, arguing that she waived her right to the Fifth by making an opening statement, reports the Hill. The decision to put Lerner on leave comes days after the new acting chief of the IRS, Daniel Werfel, took over.

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 26, 2013 5:43 PM CDT
Meanwhile, Obama lackeys have her in a backroom somewhere scripting her next appearance. She better stick to their script or who knows what accident might before the pool dumb broad.
cornelison
May 25, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
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SaturnGirl
May 24, 2013 1:13 PM CDT
Don't worry about this lady's future. She will be well compensated for her silence after all the hoopla dies down. I wish I knew who she was protecting? She may not have committed these acts herself, but she knows who ordered it. By not reporting or stopping it, she is as guilty as the person who did it. Let's google her in a couple months and find out about the new cushy government job she has that pays much more than what she is making now.