Report: Lois Lerner has been Placed on Administrative Leave
by Bryan Preston
NRO’s Eliana Johnson reports that some disciplinary action may have been taken against IRS abuse scandal figure Lois Lerner.
[quote]Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations, has been placed on administrative leave, according to a source in the agency’s Cincinnati office.
IRS agents such as Lerner are supposed to avoid committing the “10 Deadly Sins.” According to GovExec, they are:
- Providing a false statement under oath with respect to a material matter involving a taxpayer or taxpayer representative.
- With respect to a taxpayer, taxpayer representative or other employee of the IRS, the violation of any right under the Constitution or federal laws such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.
- Violations of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Treasury Department regulations or IRS policies for the purpose of retaliating against, or harassing, a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the IRS.
- Willful misuse of the provisions of Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for the purpose of concealing information from a congressional inquiry.
I’m not ready to sing, “Ding-dong the witch got fired!” yet, but Lerner may have gotten hyper-vehiculated. Or this might be something much less and/or much less than deserved. Whether she’s ready and willing to be the scape-goat may be the next, interesting, question. And I hope it is. Even at her level and degree of partisanship, I think it doubtful that she risked her high-level job on her personal initiative. And if she was following order or had permission from on high, what might she be able to prove?