Grassley: Lerner Was Asked to Resign, But Refused
By Andrew Johnson
May 24, 2013 4:05 PM
According to Senator Chuck Grassley, the IRS’s tax-exempt division director Lois Lerner refused to resign after she was asked to do so by the agency’s acting commissioner:
“My understanding is the new acting IRS commissioner asked for Ms. Lerner’s resignation, and she refused to resign. She was then put on administrative leave instead. From all accounts so far, the IRS acting commissioner was on solid ground to ask for her resignation. . . The IRS owes it to taxpayers to resolve her situation quickly. The agency needs to move on to fix the conditions that led to the targeting debacle. She shouldn’t be in limbo indefinitely on the taxpayers’ dime.”
Yesterday, National Review Online reported that Lerner was put on paid administrative leave at the IRS. Earlier in the week, she invoked the Fifth Amendment at a House oversight-committee hearing on the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, raising questions about her role in the process.