IRS Official Lois Lerner Refuses To Resign – Gets Paid Leave Of $3,557.69 A Week


On Wednesday Lois Lerner plead the 5th and refused to testify before congress. In her opening statement she said, "I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee."

Tim Brown reported on Wednesday:

Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) expressed his regret that she decided to plead the Fifth. He then asked if she would at least verify that previous on-the-record statement were indeed hers. She did so.

She was then asked by Chairman Issa to reconsider answering the committee's questions, which her counsel advised her not to do.

As Issa sought to dismiss Lerner, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) protested, pointing out the obvious:

"She just testified or waived her Fifth Amendment right to privilege. You don't get to tell your side of the story and not be subjected to cross-examination. That's not the way it works. She waived her right by issuing an opening state and ought to stand here and answer our questions."

Gowdy's statement brought applause from some. However, Issa went on to dismiss Lerner.

Thursday brought a whole new round of surprises. As reported by Fox News:

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.

Once again Americans are left with no justice and another hefty tab. Though it is Lois Lerner's right to seek protection of the 5th amendment, she represents an agency that was admittedly not concerned with the rights of their targets. So why should we be concerned with her rights? Don't answer that. It's simply a case of doing what is right and following The Constitution. But it tends to make one angry when these people shred The Constitution and then hide behind it.

And as things go in Washington… Now she not only gets to keep her job, at least for now, she also gets a paid vacation.

According to The National Review Lois Lerner averaged $185,000 in salary from 2009 through 2012. If my calculator can be trusted (it's not IRS approved) she should enjoy a fairly nice vacation on approximately $3557.69 a week.

In stark contrast, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit in Washington D.C. is $405 for 2013. If they are going to pay her at all, that is the rate she should be paid in my opinion. She is unemployed temporarily so why not?

That would make too much sense. Common sense can not be trusted in Washington D.C. We have to rely on IRS officials like Lois Lerner who admits, "I am not good at math."

Does anyone else see a problem here?

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  • DavidE1940

    No wonder we are going broke.

  • MIKE6080

    should ne used to help pay for her upkeep in prison

  • bob machaffy

    Hey I would lie and take the 5th for that amount of money too, where do I get a job like that, not in the private sector that is for sure, guess criminal acts against the people she is supposed to protect pays off

  • labar

    Democrats have no integrity at all. They rarely admit to or feel that they have done anything wrong and should resign because of it. They have no shame at all.

    Anthony Weiner posted pictures of his penis on the internet and eventually resigned, but now he feels that he should be mayor? He must have resigned because of something other than feeling humiliation, shame or guilt, otherwise he wouldn't be seeking public office so soon, if ever again.

    This woman lied under oath. She did so with a straight face and she has to know that the whole world knows it, yet she will not resign. The reason for that is because she knows that the administration, along with the democrats still support her so why should she.

    This is corruption plain and simple. The reason she and democrats believe they can do this is because the MSM has shown them that they will protect them as they have been doing for decades.

    If the majority of people in our government were law abiding citizens, they would've already taken steps to remove the defects from their jobs.

    That's why this country is in so much trouble.

    • Diane Silva

      Ok, I agree but what are you willing to do about it? Let's do something other than complain!! Let us take action!!

    • hwbyrne

      If she lied under oath, then it will have to be proved in a court of law, and she will possibly go to jail for lying, since that is perjury. Seems many people are upset about the amount of money she is making, but fail to mention that if she had quit (retired) from her last government job, prior to taking the IRS job, she would be getting a pretty good retirement check plus the option to work for a law firm (she is a lawyer) making 10x what she is currently making at the IRS. I think the focus should be to find out who, if anyone, higher up had asked her to allow the illegal behavior at the IRS to occur. I think there is a snowballs chance that she is the ringleader for the scandal. In her case it is not about the money, but it was all about power, so we need to follow the "power trail." Hopefully that will lead to the truth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Guess/100001271026565 Rachel Guess

      Actually lying to a Congressional Committee is also perjury and is considered a de facto court of law. That is why people are sworn in when testifying there, it's why Congress has a bailiff, and a jail in the basement of the building.