Lois Lerner placed on administrative leave

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois G. Lerner has reportedly been placed on administrative leave.

Lerner, who apologized for improperly scrutinizing conservative nonprofit groups as the director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division between 2010 and 2012, is on administrative leave, according to a tweet from National Review.

Lerner pleaded the Fifth Amendment in a congressional hearing Wednesday on the exploding IRS scandal, invoking her right not to incriminate herself. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa publicly rejected Lerner’s plea.

“After consulting with counsel, Issa concluded that Lerner’s Fifth Amendment assertion is no longer valid. She remains under subpoena. The committee is looking at recalling her for further testimony,” an Issa representative said.

As The Daily Caller reported, at least five different IRS offices across the country improperly targeted conservative nonprofit groups, even demanding personal information on conservative college interns.

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