Lois Lerner forced to retire for role in IRS scandal

The woman who said she did nothing wrong, but invoked her Fifth Amendment right to avoid answering questions on her role in the Internal Revenue Service scandal, has retired.

The IRS confirmed Monday that Lois Lerner, former director of the tax-exempt organizations division, is retiring, but would not comment further due to “privacy concerns,” the Associated Press reported.

According to Fox News:

“Since May, the IRS has taken decisive actions to correct failures in Exempt Organizations management, replacing top leadership throughout the chain of command,” the agency said in a written statement announcing her retirement. “In addition, IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel created an Accountability Review Board to fully review information to ensure proper oversight in handling personnel issues.”

Lerner, who has been on paid leave since May, was facing possible firing after an internal investigation found she had “neglected her duties” by allowing her division to target conservative political groups for additional scrutiny on their tax-exempt applications.

Lerner is still under subpoena from Congress, and though she will retire with her full pension and benefits in place, both the Senate and the House vowed the investigation into the IRS scandal and Lerner’s role in it will continue.

According to the Fox article:

“Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over. Far from it.  In fact, there are many serious unanswered questions that must be addressed so we can get to the truth,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a written statement.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said: “Lois Lerner’s exit from the IRS does not alter the Oversight Committee’s interest in understanding why applicants for tax exempt status were targeted and inappropriately treated because of their political beliefs.”

Watch a report from Greta Van Susteren on Lerner’s retirement via Fox News.

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