May 24, 2013

The day after invoking her Fifth Amendment Right not to testify on the grounds she may incriminate herself, Lois Lerner was put on administrative leave on Thursday. Lerner is the third official ordered to vacate her office over accusations that the IRS was targeting Tea Party and Conservative groups.

When the scandal broke on May 13, President Obama expressed his outrage. “You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate,” Obama continued. “I’ve got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it.”

On May 16, Obama announced the resignation of Steven Miller, the acting commissioner for the IRS. Days later, Joseph H. Gran, director of the I.R.S.’s tax exempt and government entities announced he’d retire on June 3.

Lerner appeared before the House investigators on Wednesday, May 22. After stating that she’d done nothing wrong and hadn’t broken any IRS rules or regulations, she then invoked her Fifth Amendment Rights on the advice of her attorney, angering several of the House representatives.

Represtative Trey Gowdy, (R-S.C.) protested Lerner’s action. “You don’t get to tell your side of the story and then not stand for cross examination,” he said. “She waived her right against self-incrimination, she ought to sit here and answer our questions.”

Lerner’s administrative leave was announced just after Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich) and John McCain, (R-Ariz) released details of a letter they’d sent to Daniel I. Werfel, the new acting I.R.S. Commissioner, demanding that Lerner be immediately suspended for her failure to disclose information to their Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Stepping in to replace Lerner will be Ken Corbin, deputy director for submission processing at the I.R.S.’s wage and investment division.

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