May 23rd, 2013
05:45 PM ET
2 years ago

IRS official Lois Lerner placed on administrative leave

Washington (CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service official overseeing the unit that targeted conservative groups for several years beginning in the spring of 2010 has been placed on administrative leave, according to Congressional sources in both parties.

Lois Lerner was the director of exempt organizations when the agency filtered applications for tax exempt status for words such as "patriot" and "tea party."

She publicly revealed the targeting two weeks ago in her answer to a planted question at a bar association event in Washington shortly before an inspector general report on the matter was made public.

The agency's new acting director announced late Thursday he was appointing Ken Corbin, who was deputy director of unit which processes tax returns and payments, to oversee the exempt organizations unit.

Lerner appeared before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday and stated she had not broken any laws or agency regulations. She then invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions.

Republicans questioned whether she waived that right by making her opening statement.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa will call her back to testify before the committee, his spokesman said earlier on Thursday.


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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Nonsensical

    Witch Hunt

    May 23, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Dawn

    You do not mention this is a paid leave of absence. She has used her position illegally and needs to be fired.

    May 23, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. rb

    She is a woman in a government job she is above the law and nothing will happen to her except maybe get promoted. That is the insane world we liven in America

    May 24, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. simplyput

    Sarah Hall Ingram. She is the one Issa needs to call. She got raises, bonuses and promoted to handle healthcare. Notice how her name has dropped out of the press? Sarah Hall Ingram. Call her into question, or fire her.

    May 24, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  5. jan

    a leave form work with pay, we call that a VACATION:

    May 24, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  6. KBNJ

    I wish I could get a PAID vacation after screwing up royally (probably breaking laws), and then refusing to answer my boss's questions about what happened. Testify honestly or get fired WITHOUT PAY.

    May 24, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. Hapsberg Prince

    And I do hope it was leave WITHOUT pay.

    May 24, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  8. Thomas

    Sound like early retirement is around the corner .

    Issa / Cruz
    We know things you dont 2016 ?

    May 24, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  9. Jack Hollis

    All the good little liberals won't touch this story.

    May 24, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  10. tax payer

    wow,, put me on leave, with full pay, , American tax payers, getting shafted again, government gone wild, untouchable. government,

    May 24, 2013 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. george t hibs

    This woman needs to be fired ASAP. No reason the taxpayers should be footing the bill for a dishonest IRS worker making well over $100K per year.She deserves public shaming.

    May 24, 2013 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  12. Charlie McNeese

    We need to start somewhere and this whole ordeal needs to really UNWIND. If the IRS Commissioner advised that she resign and she refused. Plain and simple she should have been LET GO. There are far to many TYPES like this in the FEDERAL SYSTEM. She is just the tip of the iceberg.

    May 24, 2013 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Mike

    Why don't you mention that she is still getting paid?

    May 24, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. midnitemgt

    She should be fired. Her statement in front of the House Oversight Committee that she did not do anything wrong and broke no laws followed by then Invoking her fifth amendment rights was a disgrace.

    May 24, 2013 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  15. common sense

    Planted questions, the fifth....me thinks we've found the head of the snake, wonder how many friends she has doing the same thing at the IRS. Also wonder how many American taxpayers the senators themselves on that committee have asked the IRS to investigate? The pot and all that. That's why an agency like the IRS should not exist in America. We can gather revenue another better way.

    May 24, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  16. Darrell

    Committee Chairman Darrell Issa will call her back to testify before the committee, his spokesman said earlier on Thursday...so she can take the 5th once again. GOP get a clue: Issa is an idiot. The Congressional committee or Issa can not make her testify against herself. And, lets stop with the dibble that she must be hiding something or she must be guilty. Taking the 5th does not imply gilt or innocence. If you believe she is guilty because she is taking the 5th, then you should ask for your money back from the Glen Beck School of Idiot Law.

    May 24, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  17. vada

    Lois Lerner is a public servant and the American taxpayer pays her salary so she should answer our questions.

    May 24, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  18. hender1123

    She had to know that if she followed orders it might come to this. She's not that stupid. But don't worry. It's not as if she's unemployed, that is not receiving a paycheck and benefits and not holding steady for the all important retirement. She may have just gotten the stick but she knows the carrot is still coming. As far as Administration standards she did her job. All these people asking questions are not going to change the Administration's policies.

    May 24, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  19. Bob Ramos

    This is insane. At a time when firms like Apple dodge billions in tax obligations, we prosecute the very staff that is trying to collect every valid tax dollar available to the USA. All these politicians want is their time in front of the cameras. Take that away and very few committee members would show up. The media owes it to the public to know when it is being used and not cover these hearings.

    May 24, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  20. Legal Permit to Carry

    This lady should have been fired the day the IG report was released!

    May 24, 2013 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  21. John

    Hey CNN, do you know she is still getting paid? Just thought I would do a little follow up reporting since you people can't get the facts out.

    May 24, 2013 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  22. yo,

    the irs works for the people of the u.s. and answers to the congress that gives it its power ... and you have a rogue employee who does not want to answer to either ... does she answer to her boss within the when they ask her or are they in collusion?
    its like if my boss asks me about my job and i don't want to to talk to him.

    May 24, 2013 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  23. nelbert

    It is tragically comic that this is in CNN's "If you missed it" section. CNN has now begun to try and bury this story.

    May 24, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  24. Jerry

    OMG! There may still be justice in the Obama administration yet!!! Good/best/rightful move ever. Fire her butt with no benefits of any kind. Then, maybe, just maybe other Obamabotts will think twice about committing crimes and lying about them to the Américan people.

    May 24, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Is the oversight "leader" grandstander(?) car thief, gun totting in your face going to have his life brought up in public? Fair is fair.

    May 24, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
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