Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to retire
A congressional source has confirmed to National Review Online that embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who has been on paid administrative leave since May, is retiring. The Associated Press is reporting that Lerners retirement is effective Monday. According to the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Sander Levin (D, Mich.), Lerners resignation comes as the Accountability Review Board investigating the scandal was set to recommend her termination on the basis of mismanagement and neglect of duties.
Allowing Lerner to retire -- presumably with full benefits, and certainly with full pay during her lengthy vacation suspension -- is not "holding her responsible." It's just part of the coverup. It allows people like Levin to pretend she's been fired and that the scandal has been dealt with, exactly as Sander Levin (Democrat) does below:
Lois Lerner is being held responsible for her gross mismanagement of the IRS tax-exempt division, which led to improper handling of applications for tax-exempt status, whether conservative and progressive, Levin said in a statement on Monday.
Retiring from your job when you were near retirement anyway following months of paid vacation is not a penalty, nor does it address anyone else at the IRS who was involved. Lerner is being used to shield the people who actually were in charge. So long as she doesn't say who she got her instructions from, and any written evidence can be kept under wraps, anyone actually giving orders is safe.
Nonetheless, the Michigan congressman emphasized that investigators had found no evidence of willful misconduct or political bias.
The fact that Lerner is refusing to testify and the IRS has turned over only roughly 10% of the requested evidence so far has a lot to do with the investigators haven't found, but the truth is, they have found significant evidence.
This entry was published Wed Sep 25 00:00:52 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2013-09-25 00:00:52.0.