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IRS’s Lerner: On Paid Vacation… Refuses to Resign

First she refused to testify. Now Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the tax agency scandal, is refusing to resign, according to a top Republican senator.

Sources confirmed to Fox News earlier Thursday that Lerner, the head of the IRS division that oversaw the unit targeting conservative groups, had been placed on administrative leave, with pay.

But Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, claimed she was only put in that status after refusing to step down.

He said the commissioner was in his right to demand her resignation, and said taxpayers should not continue to pay her salary indefinitely.

“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,” Grassley said in a statement. “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.”

Capitol Hill sources said Lerner, the director of exempt organizations, was placed on paid leave Thursday, amid calls from some lawmakers for her to be suspended or fired. In her absence, Ken Corbin, the current deputy director of the submission processing, wage and investment division, will take over her duties, according to an internal IRS memo obtained by Fox News.

Lerner, the official who first acknowledged the controversial IRS practice earlier this month, asserted her innocence at a House hearing on Wednesday. She then refused to testify, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. The move angered many who say she should have been forced to answer why the tax agency targeted conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.

Republican leaders of that committee, though, now say she waived that right by giving a statement and want to haul her back to testify.

Pressure has been mounting on the administration to take tough action against Lerner, after two other IRS officials were pushed out in the wake of the scandal.

In a letter earlier Thursday to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., asked the agency to remove Lerner from office and said they had “lost confidence in her ability to fulfill her duties.”

It’s unclear whether Republicans will succeed in trying to recall her before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the panel, said through an aide Thursday that her Fifth Amendment assertion is “no longer valid,” since she delivered remarks at the start of Wednesday’s hearing.

That hearing was never technically adjourned, and Republicans hope to bring her back.

Others, though, say she was in her right to defend herself and subsequently invoke the right to remain silent.

The IRS has had a series of missteps that have not only publicly marred the reputation of the IRS, but also called into question what the White House knew about the scandal and when they knew it.

Separately, Tea Party-related groups who claim they were targeted by the tax agency have started filing lawsuits this week against the IRS. In some cases they are asking for the IRS to admit wrongdoing. In others, they are seeking monetary claims.

“It’s extremely troubling that it has taken this long for Lois Lerner to removed from the top exempt position at the IRS,” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, the group suing on behalf of some Tea Party groups, said in a statement to FoxNews.com.

Sekulow said instead of putting Lerner on administrative leave, his group is calling for her to be fired.

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  • Shorty Stuff

    When they start seeing prison time in their future, somebody’s going to start singing like a canary. Either that, or we’ll start seeing some fatalities, by “natural cause” of course.

  • Paid leave. Oh! What a punishment!!! Well at least she’s out of the office physically. Wish I could be suspended with the same pay.

  • Buford

    She must’ve been the SLois Lerner in her class. Who ASKS for a resignation in a case such as this?? I’ll tell you who: It is someone who wants to APPEAR to be doing something and NOT someone with the nads to do what must be done. Past time to send the nutcutters to D.C.

  • agbjr

    PAID VACATION? She was asked to resign, refused, so is given a paid vacation? ONLY IN GOVERNMENT! In private business being ‘asked’ to resign is tantamount to being fired and allowed to exit gracefully. In business refusal to resign brings an immediate ‘clarification’ from management, re: “Then you are now fired. Get out.” Lois Lerner is frankly one arrogant SOB. Never mind this ‘paid vacation’ crap, fire the (B)itch NOW.

    • mathis1689

      My money is on her having the goods on Obama so she won’t get fired or have to resign. I’d bet that if she blows the whistle on the Communist-in-Chief that it would make Nixon and Watergate look like kids play in kiddie land.

      • agbjr

        From her actions in front of the House Oversight Committee it is almost a given she knows where the proverbial bodies are buried.

        • mathis1689

          You’re probably right. I’d bet that Obama or someone like Valerie Jarrett has told her that she will be the next body in line if she opens her mouth.

    • Shawn O’Loughlin

      She shouldn’t have been asked to resign in the first place. She is an EMPLOYEE. She should have been fired immediately. Let her then try to sue the government for firing her for illegal and unethical activities. Government do not deserve and should not and do not deserve to get special employment protections because they work at the “pork barrel”.

  • Gee, I wonder why our economy is so screwed up. Maybe because we pay these bureaucrats way too much money ($180k + bonuses) to start with, and then we put them on paid leave as punishment. Some punishment.

    I sure could use $15k for a month-long vacation. I could use $15k.

    By the way, does anyone know who’s paying for Lerner’s attorneys? Probably more of our tax dollars. I could do Lerner’s job. I could do many of the jobs these clowns in
    DC are doing, and I could probably do them better and for less money. There are probably many more patriot citizens who, like me, could do those jobs better and cheaper, but without the right connections…

    It really sucks to see this when my wife and I, who are both now disabled get less in ONE YEAR to live on than she gets for ONE MONTH, even when she is on admin leave.

    I started working when I was 10 years old and worked all through school. I was in the Navy for 10 years, and then when I got out I worked two jobs for many years. Now I’m disabled, and due to legal wrangling (civil suits and false criminal accusations) all of my savings are gone. I’m 60 and disabled “living” on a pittance. It is ironic and sad that being accused of a crime and being vindicated by the jury, you still have to spend your life savings for a good attorney to get that vindication.

    Have a great Memorial Day!

    • WarzoneB52

      First of all Thank You for your service!! Second, you’re absolutely right about this whole disgusting situation. All the perps should be facing jail time and not “Paid Vacations” courtesy of the taxpayers. Hang in there my friend and God Bless you!!

  • Thug behavior is rewarded by the arrogant apostles of utopian socialism…no surprise.
    The surprise is the GOP never catching on to the nature of the modern dimdems…they have 4 standard tactics…bold lies, demons, smears and fantasy promises…these are required because their policies/practices are naturally toxic.

  • Jed54

    She did her job… did what Obama instructed her to do. Nice perks. And they will never charge her with anything… Free get out of jail card from the kenyean king and chief..

  • HongryHawg

    I wonder what position she will be awarded when she “steps down”.

  • jb80538

    So if she refuses to resign…FIRE HER!

  • hankthetank

    She won’t make it back, she will stump her toe & fall * break her neck!!!!!.

  • Darius

    Only in the Obamination could a government flunky get a paid vacation for refusing to resign. She needs to be FIRED and not given the choice to “resign”.

  • Kioga

    It’s Simple: Fire her and use NDAA imprisionment till all the records are provided an we have our answers. Don’t forget to dock her pay and take away her perks !

  • DE Navarro

    Fire her immediately – the course for justice – and then send in an investigative team to confiscate all records and let’s put it all on the table – and when we are done with that, then we abolish the IRS and write a new revenue law.

  • radcont5164

    Easy solution…STOP PAYING HER FOR NOT WORKING

  • Ross Blankert

    We get to pay her attorney fees too which will be a couple hundred thousand at least. Everyone in the IRS knows that it is against policy to be involved in politics. It is also against the law for them to use the IRS to punish anyone. I used to work for them in the 70’s. This one corruption thing is getting a little more air time than the others because it hits home. He is using the EPA and the Labor Dept and the other departments to destroy his political enemies.

  • Raymond

    JOE LEGAL vs. JOSE ILLEGAL

    You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose
    Illegal”.
    Both families have two parents, two
    children, and live in California .

    Joe Legal works in construction, has a
    Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per
    hour with taxes deducted.

    Jose Illegal also works in construction, has
    NO Social Security Number, and gets paid
    $15.00 cash “under the table”.

    Ready? Now pay attention…

    Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours =
    $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year.
    Now take 30% away for state and federal
    taxes; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.

    Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours =
    $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year.
    Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now
    has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance
    with limited coverage for his family at
    $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year.
    Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.

    Jose Illegal has full medical and dental
    coverage through the state and local clinics
    at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal
    still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal makes too much money and is not
    eligible for food stamps or welfare.. Joe
    Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or
    $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has
    $18,031.00.

    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is
    eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose
    Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month,
    or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has
    $9,631.00.

    Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month
    federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out
    that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per
    year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or
    $2,400.00 for life insurance. Joe Legal now
    has $7,231.00.

    Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no
    stinkin’ insurance!” and still has
    $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch
    to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.

    Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00
    stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what
    he sends out of the country every month.

    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or
    gets a part time job after work.

    Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to
    enjoy with his family.

    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both
    attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for
    his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s
    children get a government sponsored lunch.
    Jose Illegal’s children have an after school
    ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.

    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the
    same police and fire services, but Joe paid
    for them and Jose did not pay.

    Do you get it, now?
    If you vote for or support any politician
    that supports illegal aliens …
    You are part of the problem!

    It’s way PAST time to take a stand for
    America and Americans!

    What are you waiting for? Pass it on…

  • Robert S Moulds

    Lois Lerner should be fired or at least suspended the IRS needs to be accountable just as the rest of the federal government.