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September 23, 2013 - 3:01 pm

She was about to be fired.

Facing a possible firing, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal retired Monday, ending one chapter in a scandal that has engulfed the tax-collection agency since spring.

Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

A day after the hearing she was placed on paid leave at the age of 62.

Lerner has lied, or taken the Fifth and then clammed up, throughout the IRS scandal. The investigation into her activities and the IRS abuse of conservative groups should continue. Lerner was far from the only IRS honcho involved.

Update: Breitbart reports that the IRS has also offered Houston-based election integrity watchdog True the Vote its tax-exempt status (three years late!) and also moved to dismiss the groups lawsuit against the IRS.

“We are pleased and relieved that the IRS and the DOJ are finally doing what should have been done three years ago, which is to recognize TTV as a charitable and educational organization, which we have always been and will continue to be,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News.

In July 2010, True The Vote filed an application with the IRS seeking 501(c)3 tax exempt status. After discovering in May 2013 that its application was part of the bigger IRS scandal targeting Tea Party organizations, True The Vote filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. requesting that its tax-exempt status application be approved.

The IRS granted the tax-exempt status on Friday night and then filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit all in the same document. True The Vote is accepting the tax-exempt status, but will file a counter motion to continue fighting the other counts of the lawsuit against the IRS. Those other counts deal with civil rights and privacy issues and could lead to the IRS being forced to turn over more documents heading into full discovery.

True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht has been subjected to a barrage of harassment from numerous executive branch agencies since she founded the group. How so many federal agencies came to focus on Engelbrecht has not yet been well investigated, let alone discovered.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Absolutely keep up the investigation and criminal prosecutions if the facts uncovered in the investigation warrant it.

Let us see Ms. Lerner and her fellow apparatchiks pay their lawyers out of their pensions and end up serving time for it if convicted.

Getting fired or being forced into retirement is NOT an adequate punishment for criminal behavior. If she wasn't a college educated executive White woman, she'd be looking at prison time.
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Lois, Lois, Lois...after all you did for President Asterisk. This is how they are going to treat you? You did not think they'd stand by you, did you? Shall we have a tea party for Lois' retirement celebration?
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The woman needs to lose her pension. That's the only punishment these leftist hacks understand and would send a powerful message to all the other budding Nazi's out there.
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This is simply a sham; a lie, and a cover story. If there is such a finding by a personnel investigation, it is statutorily confidential even to Congress. While Congress can get the results of such investigations, they are bound to the same confidentiality as the Executive Branch, which are close to absolute. If Levin actually saw such a finding and is revealing it, he's breaking the law.

I never worked as high up as she was in the federal government, but I was as high or higher in a state government. Absolutely the only ways somebody within a level or two of cabinet members gets fired for anything done in the course of their duties are to willingly commit an act of defiance against the administration or have drawn the short straw to be sacrificed to protect the administration. In the latter case they'll be well provided for, especially if it is a Democrat administration. If you have done things for the administration, especially things they don't want to admit having directed or suffered you to do, you simply cannot be fired if you don't want to be. Even Democrats who can have a friendly media turn the slime machine on you and do their "disgruntled employee" act on you can't keep enough of a lid on it to keep what you know from getting out.

Here's my best guess: she was coordinating this action through the attornies to give a blind of atty - client privilege that would buy time. For some reason the decision was made to leak this; she might have done it as an "in your face" to the adminiistration but more likely the administration did it as a diversion from the Benghazi mess. When it all spun out of control and the rogue employees lie didn't work, they wanted her to take one for the team and she refused, probably because she needed a date certain for her retirement benefits. She made a deal that they would keep her in pay status until a date certain, probably a date important to her retirement benefit and she'd resign to be appointed to retirement on that date and they'd give her a Presidential pardon if criminal charges issued. She doesn't have to worry about criminal charges from this or any Democrat administration; Democrat appointees don't commit crimes. But she does have to worry a bit about contempt of Congress or some state law charge brought by some Republican AG in the states.

I've made similar deals other than the pardon or immunity stuff. Sometimes you have an employee that you really need to get rid of but don't have cause that would survive an arbitrator or judge and they won't go voluntarily. Over the years I made a few deals to pay people to stay home until a date certain. I'd make them give me a written resignation for personal reason for the agreed on date, make them agree that they could not represent themselves to be in their position any more, and we'd pay them until that date. Sometimes it's a bargain. I've had some minority employee that everybody was afraid to properly evaluate and, if necessary, discipline. I've also had pets or "special friends" of people in high places who'd been protected. Finally a manager or the administration decides enough is enough, and you have to get rid of the person. You just make whatever relatively reasonable deal you can make to get that person out of your workforce.
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One less head on the hydra when she leaves...the monster still lives. And what price did she pay? No consequences means no change in behavior.
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"...34-year career in federal government..."

She can now supplement her retirement income with fees from groups receiving taxpayer monies.
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Why is everyone happy about this? This woman should have been arrested for intimidation and harrassment. If you or I would even do something close to what this woman did, they would throw an entire encyclopedia at us. Lerner and many in government and Congress should be brought up on RICO charges. They are running the governemnt like a racket. If it stuck on the Gambino and the other crime Families by conducting the same behavior, it will stick on those in this government.
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All you gotta do is find a federal prosecutor willing to try to enforce the federal RICO law against the federal government. Hopefully, s/he will be well-fixed because his/her career will be short and NOBODY will ever employ him again.
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We need to flip her and have her turn states' evidence, aka, get her to sing like a canary.

Won't happen because Obama can work behind the scenes to take her pension away.
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JANAN = Just Another New Age Nazi.

Used in the English sentence as follows: First Sgt. " Did you destroy the JANANs son?" Private Fist Class: "Yes Sir!"
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I'd love to see if that 5 months since she was put on paid leave helped her hit her points to increase her pension payments.
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