Villainous VooDoo says, “…haul that bitch back in front of the Senate Finance Committee….”
Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official investigated by Congress over the agency’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups, has retired effective today, the agency said in a statement. Lerner, the tax agency’s former director of exempt organizations, was placed on paid administrative in May. Last week, acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel told a congressional panel that Lerner was “technically still employed.”
“Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over,” Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement. “Far from it. In fact, there are many serious unanswered questions that must be addressed so we can get to the truth.” At a May 22 congressional hearing, Lerner defended her work with the government.
“I am very proud of the work that I have done,” she said at a the hearing before she refused to answer questions, citing her constitutional protection against self-incrimination. “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws.”
Lerner oversaw the IRS office that reviewed applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status. Starting in 2010, that office selected some groups for further scrutiny based solely on whether they had “Tea Party” as part of their names. Lerner disclosed and apologized for the actions May 10, in response to a planted question at a tax conference. That revelation has led to congressional investigations and a criminal probe by the Justice Department. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted in June to determine that Lerner waived her right against self-incrimination by making that statement. The panel hasn’t called her back to testify. Yet…
SOURCE – Bloomberg
UPDATE – 03/05/14 – Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings flips out at IRS hearing
UPDATE – 10/13/14 – Lois Lerner still dodging questions…