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Sep. 23, 2013

Lois Lerner 'Retires'

Ms. Lerner's resignation is a long time coming.

Via The Washington Times: “The Internal Revenue Service said Monday that Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the tea party targeting scandal, has resigned from the agency – though because of privacy rules it could say nothing more. … She remains subject to congressional investigation.”

The fact it’s taken this long for Ms. Lerner to step down – or be fired – is inexcusable. We hope Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) is right: “Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over. Far from it.”

From The Wall Street Journal: “A not-so-fond farewell to IRS doyenne Lois Lerner, who resigned Monday as the agency’s director of Exempt Organizations. Since announcing in May that the IRS had singled out conservative groups applying for tax exempt status for additional scrutiny during an election season, Ms. Lerner has been on paid administrative leave. Not a bad deal, getting paid not to work – so why resign now? One answer is that this gets ahead of a recently completed but still not released IRS personnel review that we hear criticizes her job performance and recommends she be fired. By resigning now, she will collect her full pension and benefits, though she still refuses to answer questions from Congress. … Ms. Lerner’s resignation under duress reflects the IRS’s acknowledgment that her actions profoundly discredited the agency. Let’s hope the rest of the reckoning isn’t as long in coming.”

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