The National Review is reporting that Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations, has been placed on administrative leave. Lerner, who had earlier refused to resign, was place on administrative leave with pay. Earlier this week, Lois Lerner appeared before the House Oversight Committee on the IRS scandal of targeting conservative non-profit organizations and stated that she had done nothing wrong and then plead the 5th. This scandal is not going away any time soon and is only going to gain momentum.
Lerner on Thursday afternoon sent an e-mail to employees in the exempt-organizations division she oversees stating, “Due to the events of recent days, I am on administrative leave starting today. An announcement will be made shortly informing you who will be acting while I am on administrative leave. I know all of you will continue to support EO’s mission during these difficult times.” She concluded, “I thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” adding, “The work you do is important.”
So let’s get this straight … Lerner refused to testify in front of Congress on IRS-gate, she refused to resign and so she was place on administrative leave with pay. Isn’t that like a summer vacation with pay? Must be nice, $172,000 a year salary with bonuses for doing a good job. This is how we deal with Washington “Big Government” bureaucrat? What ever happened to a good old fashion … YOU’RE FIRED!!!
Much more from Legal Insurrection …
The development also comes on the heels of a report from FOX19, a local affiliate in the Cincinnati area, that examined the chain of command in that office. The report found that of the ‘rogue’ agents said to be responsible for the targeting of conservative groups, each had different managers, and the only connecting chain of command transitions back to Washington, DC. It also suggests that the IRS employees previously interviewed were questioned as part of an audit rather than an investigation, the latter of which asserts more scrutiny, and that the employees may need to be questioned again – this time under oath.