May 23rd, 2013
05:45 PM ET
9 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."

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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. jerpell

    She is the new evil face of the IRS turned mob!...

    May 23, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. pete

    Try telling the IRS "I've done nothing wrong & I take the 5th" when they come after you. Since 1913 the IRS has been a tool to strike fear into US citizens!!!!!

    May 23, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. JJ

    Good for her. time to take some time off. In the meanwhile, where's that Shulman nimrod? You know, the Bush appointee who oversaw the IRS when all this was happening and used to work for Grover Norquist? LMAO! Of course, that's the kind of news you don't hear from ignorant-american-producing-faux-news. 🙂

    May 23, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Alaskan Voter

    She is a whistle blower who has been made the designated scapegoat. She has a right under the Fifth Amendment to not testify against herself. No matter what she does / says, she is wrong.

    May 23, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. jerpell

    Our IRS agency has become the mob!

    May 23, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. California

    This guy is a criminal

    May 23, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. liberal disease

    now get rid of the rest of them Obama, and your top aides who didn't fill you in? or you will be next.

    May 23, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Neutral Observer

    I think she also needs to be audited. I bet in her position at the IRS, she felt really comfortable with er, ah, loosening her own financial obligation.

    May 23, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Regularguy22

    The new director has taken an appropriate step in this action. At this point Lois Lerner is too distracted to be in any leadership position at the IRS. This in itself warrants the admin position regardless on whether or not she is guilty of criminal behavior.

    May 23, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. yo

    criminals abound and cnn is at the top of the list

    May 23, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Ayup

    They found their scapegoat.

    May 23, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. Carl

    Of course she will still get paid, right?

    May 23, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. James

    Getting a little too close to Obama and out you go–

    May 23, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. Pete

    Is Issa gonna try to get Lerner on purgery charges even though she pleaded the fifth in committee hearings recently because she hasn't said anything incriminating did she yet ...Remember it was Rick Scott running for governor of Florida and he pleaded the fifth over 85 times and now is governor so its either well spent money or a great lawyer but probibly both if she wants to survive these hearings and still keep her job!!

    May 23, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. salgreen

    paid leave, collecting some obscene government salary, sitting home all day watching dr phil and the view-it's all good!!!

    May 23, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Gary

    The Federal government is really a mess – too big, too bureaucratic and not responsive to the American people.

    This women breaks the law and gets a paid vacation at the taxpayers expense. Ask her to resign just fire her. Unless workers are held accountable for their actions this is the type of service we get.

    This incompetence is what we deserve when we allowed our Federal government to get to big to control and worse we are going to allow the IRS to take control of 7% of the US economy when they oversee the Affordable Care Act.

    May 23, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Hasai

    "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."

    Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss....

    Seriously; it could quite possibly be that Obama had nothing to do with it. Political toadies swarm throughout the system, and they will do anything, ANYTHING, to look good to their bosses, past or present. It is not Left. It is not Right. It is ENDEMIC.

    May 23, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Paul Williamson

    Rep. Issa will do anything to appear "holier than thou". He was more of a success as a car thief and corporate raider/fraud perpetrator than he has been as a Representative from my district in San Diego=- he is a ambitious publicity hound that has no shame, and an embarrassment for Southern California.

    May 23, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Cephus

    Administrative leave? Are you kidding me she should be fired or put in jail that's where she belongs.

    May 23, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Suemac in WA

    Lois Lerner – The first of many. This will turn out to be a big one, folks.

    May 23, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. oracle

    "Administrative Leave" means she is still being paid a full salary. Gotta love Unions.

    May 23, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. tarura

    She's on leave, with pay – what a deal !

    WOW !

    May 23, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. Bill

    I assume this administrative leave will be a paid leave. If she comes up dirty will she have to repay the salary?

    May 23, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. reply

    Great–gets to sit at home and gets paid! If the IRS ever calls me in for an audit, I'm going to plead the 5th and expect them to let me sit at home while they pay me.

    May 23, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. johnk

    She is hiding something. What gives the IRS any special favors in this matter. She should be immediately terminated!

    May 23, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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