Surprise: Lois Lerner placed on “administrative leave”; Update: Lerner refused to resign?

posted at 5:21 pm on May 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via NRO, this isn’t really a surprise. Josh Marshall and Ezra Klein both called for Lerner to go yesterday, a day after their little powwow at the White House. Maybe that’s a coincidence or maybe it’s something more, but either way it’s proof that even liberals thought it was time for another sacrifice to appease the scandal gods.

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.

Lerner on Thursday afternoon sent an e-mail to employees in the exempt organizations division she oversees stating, “Due to the events of recent days, I am on administrative leave starting today. An announcement will be made shortly informing you who will be acting while I am on administrative leave. I know all of you will continue to support EO’s mission during these difficult times.” She concluded, “I thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” adding, “The work you do is important.”

Old White House ally Carl Levin and new White House ally John McCain sent the IRS a letter just this morning calling for Lerner’s termination, and now here we are.

Why “administrative leave” instead of a firing? Three reasons. One: Now that Lerner’s stated publicly that she did no wrong and invoked her Fifth Amendment right in Congress, the Due Process President probably doesn’t want to pull the trapdoor until she’s given her side of the story. If in fact it turns out that the order to target conservative groups came from somewhere else, canning her straightaway would make a bad situation worse. Two: As we know from Benghazi, “administrative leave” is the administration’s preferred way to handle a crisis. It’s a nice middle ground between doing nothing at all, which plays badly with voters, and firing someone outright. Why kick someone off the payroll when you can simply “suspend” them, keep the checks coming so they stay quiet, and then quietly reinstate them later after the public’s stopped paying attention?

And three, as Dan Foster reminds us today at NRO: It’s exceedingly hard to fire a federal employee, thanks in part to the sort of government unions that are routinely championed by Barack Obama.

[A]s a civil servant, she is protected by both the full weight of federal law and the advocacy of a powerful union, making her tricky to get rid of…

Part of the reason so few federal workers are let go is surely the, shall we say, culture of lowered expectations synonymous with government bureaucracy. But the greater part of it is that firings are complex and time-consuming. Forty-nine states have “at-will” employment laws, meaning that, specific contracts and covenants aside, a private-sector employer can let an employee go for any reason at all, with a few exceptions for things like discrimination and (ironically enough) the intimidation of whistleblowers. But in Washington, the process can take 18 months or more.

“It’s much more difficult to fire government workers, because it requires much more evidence of wrongdoing, and it is a longer process for creating the paperwork, for documenting it, and so forth,” Donald Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings, tells me. “There are lots of cases where supervisors give up, and either decide it’s easier to transfer [a poor employee] or, in the time-honored tradition, to promote them.”

Exit question: Will this affect Lerner’s willingness to testify? If she feels wronged by being suspended, it might convince her to give up the goods on some higher-up, assuming she has the goods. But then, that’s the virtue of administrative leave from the IRS’s perspective — by keeping her employed, they’re giving her an incentive to keep her mouth shut. If she plays ball and stays silent, there may yet be a job for her again a few months from now.

Update: Yep.

Update: Can’t fire her for the reasons stated above, so there’s only one way to get her out the door for good. No dice:

If they wanted her gone, does that mean they’re not worried about what she might say in testimony? They’re taking a gamble.


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She will have plenty of time to not testify now.

forest on May 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Obama ordered the whole IRS thing just like he ordered the whole fast-and-furious thing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is dumber than a box of rocks.

VorDaj on May 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

With pay!

tbrickert on May 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Obama wants to fire her so badly.

She will speak, eventually. She saved his azz, illegally, in 2012.

Now they both are in a pickle, as they should.

May the devil take them to a very hot layer, living, and make them both suffer, for justice, for the constitution, for the rights of all the US people.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The Ft. Hood guy is too. Work harder.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

She is a registered Democrat.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

With pay———–She is on vacation! Hope her lawyer is very expensive.

tim c on May 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

All the Obama scandals are about his illegitimate election in 2012.

Nothing else matters. That’s what it all amounts to.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Let me rephrase that.

Obama ordered the whole IRS thing just like he ordered the whole fast-and-furious thing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is the offspring of a box of rocks and a potted plant.

VorDaj on May 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

She’s happy little a cog/soldier in the wheel of Team Leftist so she’ll not spill a thing.

LetsBfrank on May 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Give her a choice:

Fired or Jail.

Odie1941 on May 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

So she gets paid vacation? Awesome, how do I help destroy the country and get paid vacation for it?

akaniku on May 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

No doubt she needs some time off to have the boot removed from her nether regions.

spd rdr on May 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

At least she can’t focus on this, for now.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Exit question: Will this affect Lerner’s willingness to testify? If she feels wronged by being suspended, it might convince her to give up the goods on some higher-up, assuming she has the goods.

LOL no way, she is a hard core liberal, and I’m sure she is a team player, and more than happy to play whatever role the Administration wants, knowing that good soldiers will, of course, be rewarded when the time comes.

Helping the republicans now would burn all her bridges, make her a pariah, and ruin her future, so no… she won’t be turning on her masters now.

kaltes on May 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

The Ft. Hood guy is too. Work harder.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Plus he’s still making upwards of $300 grand a year while he’s resting.

Ward Cleaver on May 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

How do you get to infringe on free Americans’ constitutional rights and go on paid vacation? Only in America!!!

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Give her a choice:

Fired or Jail.

Odie1941 on May 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Hey, why not both?

Ward Cleaver on May 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Here’s my guess.

Her ass is grass in the Obama admin, and this was decided months ago.

She’s gonna flip hard, and rat out the whole nest including that raisin who moved to the ObamaCare enforcement bureau in the IRS.

The 5th amendment is a cover story….

“Ooops…now I have to testify….sorry…”

BobMbx on May 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

She committed one of the deadly sins within the IRS with her testimony.

pt on May 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

as Dan Foster reminds us today at NRO: It’s exceedingly hard to fire a federal employee

Is that really true at the IRS? Via Instapundit:

TERMINATION: “I’m quite surprised that no one has mentioned Section 1203 of the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, which mandates terminations of IRS employees who commit any of what are known in the Service as the ’10 Deadly Sins.’ . . . At any rate, you’ll notice that several of these provisions could be applicable in the present instance, notably (b) (2), (b) (3) (A), and (b) (7). If I were Ms. Lerner, Mr. Miller (who relied heavily on 6103 in his testimony), or anyone in that chain, 1203 would be a huge concern. It is for every Service employee, which is why I and others were always very cautious about taking unapproved initiative in areas that skated close to 1203.”

rcpjr on May 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

So she gets paid vacation? Awesome, how do I help destroy the country and get paid vacation for it?

I believe, lucky for her, that “administrative leave” is not vacation, so she doesn’t use up her vacation hours needlessly.

So basically she’s getting paid to stay home. Gives her more time to plan how she’s going to use her “real” vacation hours.

hawkeye54 on May 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

And three, as Dan Foster reminds us today at NRO: It’s exceedingly hard to fire a federal employee, thanks in part to the sort of government unions that are routinely championed by Barack Obama.

Serious question, does someone as high up as she is still belong to a union?

Forgive my ignorance, I’ve never held a government job (you’re welcome, taxpayers) or a union job.

UltimateBob on May 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

It’s a hard knock life
for us
Instead of kisses we get kicked

Lerner on the other hand, what does she get for doing wrong?

She gets vacation.

Good job, federal gov’t.

RiverCocytus on May 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

She’s paid to keep her mouth shut!

d1carter on May 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Give her a choice:

Fired or Jail.

Odie1941 on May 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Hey, why not both?

Third choice is she is quietly reassigned to manage a small local IRS office somewhere in Arkansas with no downgrade in pay.

hawkeye54 on May 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Lois Lerner is on administrative leave with pay, or as we used to call it back in the day, vacation.

— Andy Levy (@andylevy) May 23, 2013

How do I get to screw up enough to get a paid vacation, er, put on “administrative leave?”

I remember when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers. Good times, good times.

rbj on May 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I know all of you will continue to support EO’s mission during these difficult times.” She concluded, “I thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” adding, “The work you do is important

IOW, keep up the good work my fellow facists.

antipc on May 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

She’s paid to keep her mouth shut!

It’s the Chicago way. We should all be accustomed to Barry’s mode of operation by now.

hawkeye54 on May 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Tim C- her union probably covers lawyers fees.

wolly4321 on May 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

HA lesson

Here is section 1203:

(a) In General.–Subject to subsection (c), the Commissioner of Internal Revenue shall terminate the employment of any employee of the Internal Revenue Service if there is a final administrative or judicial determination that such employee committed any act or omission described under subsection (b) in the performance of the employee’s official duties. Such termination shall be a removal for cause on charges of misconduct.

(b) Acts or Omissions.–The acts or omissions referred to under subsection (a) are–
(1) willful failure to obtain the required approval signatures on documents authorizing the seizure of a taxpayer’s home, personal belongings, or business assets;
(2) providing a false statement under oath with respect to a material matter involving a taxpayer or taxpayer representative;
(3) with respect to a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the Internal Revenue Service, the violation of–
(A) any right under the Constitution of the United States; or
(B) any civil right established under–
(i) title VI or VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
(ii) title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
(iii) the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967;
(iv) the Age Discrimination Act of 1975;
(v) section 501 or 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; or
(vi) title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990;
(4) falsifying or destroying documents to conceal mistakes made by any employee with respect to a matter involving a taxpayer or taxpayer representative;
(5) assault or battery on a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the Internal Revenue Service, but only if there is a criminal conviction, or a final judgment by a court in a civil case, with respect to the assault or battery;
(6) violations of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Department of Treasury regulations, or policies of the Internal Revenue Service (including the Internal Revenue Manual) for the purpose of retaliating against, or harassing, a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the Internal Revenue Service;
(7) 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;
(8) willful failure to file any return of tax required under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 on or before the date prescribed therefore (including any extensions), unless such failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect;
(9) willful understatement of Federal tax liability, unless such understatement is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect; and
(10) threatening to audit a taxpayer for the purpose of extracting personal gain or benefit.

Our reader adds this note: “Believe me, every employee at IRS is acutely conscious of 1203, no matter where they work. After it was passed seizures, liens and levies dropped to almost zero. Took a long time for people to even think about sticking their necks out.”

Thank you pt. I read yesterday that they “fluked with the bureaucracy at the IRS, a terminal sin”.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I think we used to call this “out of sight, out of mind”.

bflat879 on May 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

How do I get to screw up enough to get a paid vacation, er, put on “administrative leave?”

Work for the government in a high ranking position with knowledge of some sensitive info that can be harmful to your superiors.

In Chicago, though, in some cases, that kind of knowledge might provide you with a permanent vacation at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

hawkeye54 on May 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

The union issue is a red herring. She would not be eligible to belong to the union at her level in the organization. Once you get to a grade that is considered exclusively management you aren’t part of the collective bargaining unit. So it has less to do with the union and more to do with paying her to sit at home out of the spotlight until all this blows over.

Ironwood297 on May 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Surprise: Lois Lerner placed on “administrative leave”…or, as government bureauweenies call it: “PAID VACATION.”

TeaPartyNation on May 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Let me rephrase that.

Obama ordered the whole IRS thing just like he ordered the whole fast-and-furious thing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is the offspring of a box of rocks and a potted plant.

VorDaj on May 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Quit picking on corpulent hog.

davidk on May 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Josh Marshall and Ezra Klein both called for Lerner to go yesterday, a day after their little powwow at the White House.

The little Goebbelses of Adolf Obama

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Serious question, does someone as high up as she is still belong to a union?

Forgive my ignorance, I’ve never held a government job (you’re welcome, taxpayers) or a union job.

UltimateBob on May 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

I was in a union in my youth…they did not represent management. Only hourly. Unless things change from union to union?

Alinsky on May 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Maybe this prompted it.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

All federal unions need to be decommissioned.

NotCoach on May 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

If Lerner knew that Obama had made the decision to set her up to take the fall, ultimately her only way out is with Congress. Given those two choices Issa may not look so bad after all. She may be looking to take that way out without giving the obvious appearance of squealing.

http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2013/05/22/lerner-and-lo/

She’d better hire some good bodyguards.

davidk on May 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

May the full force of government be put upon her just as it would be on an average citizen when going up against Obama

jaywemm on May 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Never forget that she is a Democ rat. However, the orders to do what she did came from DC.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Outlaw all public employee unions now!

d1carter on May 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

On the topic of taxes:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/05/22/a-populist-argument-for-eliminating-the-corporate-tax/

What would we lose? Over the last 20 years, corporate taxes averaged under $200 billion a year and slightly more than 10% of total taxes collected by the federal government. But the economic benefit of eliminating this part of the code would be substantially larger than the cost over a reasonably short time. We could also take advantage of this change to simplify certain elements of the individual tax code as well and choose the individual level tax rates to offset (under dynamic scoring) the nominal revenue loss.

Count to 10 on May 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I find it very interesting to read today that this Reagan and Bush nominee donated(2,500)(none to Obama) to the Romney campaign and her husbands law firm donated $17,500 to Ted Cruz. Veeeeeery interesting.
A wingnut family is covering up for who they spent money to help lose? Seriously?

stingray9813 on May 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Give her a choice:

Fired or Jail.

Odie1941 on May 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Jail, fired, and fined an amount equal to the amount of pay and benefits she received during her IRS tenure.

davidk on May 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

riding the storm out.

ted c on May 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM

(3) with respect to a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the Internal Revenue Service, the violation of–
(A) any right under the Constitution of the United States
; or

Enough for termination…cause…

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Good for her.

She’s now got the time to go back to Harvard Law School and learn how to properly plead the 5th.

Maybe she can learn a little math while she’s at it.

MichaelGabriel on May 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Good for her.

She’s now got the time to go back to Harvard Law School and learn how to properly plead the 5th.

Maybe she can learn a little math while she’s at it.

MichaelGabriel on May 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Maybe she and her republican husband can continue raising huge money for far right conservatives. ;)

stingray9813 on May 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Impeach.
Terminate.
Strip retirement pay.
Done.

crash72 on May 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Breaking: IRS official Lois Lerner punished with free vacation— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 23, 2013

peski on May 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I got a question. Did that Fast&Furious fellow that was out in bumfuAfghanistan and could not be questioned cause jets don’t go that way ever return? Is he on admin leave as well?

arnold ziffel on May 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Obama ordered the whole IRS thing just like he ordered the whole fast-and-furious thing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is dumber than a box of rocks.

VorDaj on May 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Or he was told to make it happen. Otherwise, you’re right.

It’s almost certainly an effort from Left/DNC/handler “big plan” objectives — using federal agencies via their players and organizers (“unions” and their members) to handicap Conservatives, the Right, and thus to lend greater resources, helps, informational assistance, to the Left’s goals and wants.

Obama as President, the Executive Branch, certainly key to these goals and obviously, to these awful results, the tip of which we are only now seeing — ’cause I suspect there is far worse we don’t know about happening and has happened.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Now she’s free to work for a little Weiner.

TXUS on May 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Sequestered!

(Just like the Benghazi diplomatic personnel. Does Gitmo have a “vacation” wing?)

de rigueur on May 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Well since nobody had any idea about anything that actually happens at the IRS I’m not sure anyone at her office will notice.

I got the impression that the higher ups at the IRS go around with their fingers in their ears and their eyes closed. Then when they are behind closed doors they play video games until time to walk to their car, again with their eyes closed and their fingers in their ears.

That Shulman chap seems to not ever even to know the IRS existed. He was sorry that he was the head of it… but didn’t know where the building was.

petunia on May 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Back in the day, Gitmo was absolutely beautiful!

crash72 on May 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

From a Politico commenter after hearing the news:

joe222 • 5 minutes ago −
I feel bad for this woman. From everything released so far, her department was trying to do its job the best it could, with no indication of partisanship or ideological discrimination, and now she is caught up in a GOP witch hunt. My thinking is they’re putting her on administrative leave until this blows over.

Her viability involving anything with Obamacare is going to be tough sell at this point though. Facts be damned, the tea party and the GOP are out for blood, and they don’t care whose.

Poor joe222

Rovin on May 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Actually I hope the Congress tells her not to leave the country. She seems like a flight risk to me.

petunia on May 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

“Lerner is a right wing hack.” – HAL the fascist

NotCoach on May 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

…Maybe she can learn a little math while she’s at it.

MichaelGabriel on May 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Not that the crime or scam or whateveritcanbecalled isn’t bad enough, but Lerner’s and Miller’s and Schulman’s utter condescension before Congress — thus, to the American taxpayers who employ them — has been the most offensive aspect so far to me as to these hearings.

They’ve been scamming the nation as to ethics, monies, elections, results, throttling abilities of the public to meet, greet and organize, and they appear before Congress with their noses literally in the air, Schulman’s hate-staring could take a prize for hate, pretending to be incompetent at big-ticket jobs at big-money prices billed to the taxpayers…I was just disgusted with the whole lot of them.

Imagine you own a business and you continue to hear complaints about stealing from grumbling employees, which you eventually take seriously because the complaints don’t go away. You ask accounting and maybe security to investigate circumstances…and you decide to bring a few managers of troubled departments in to talk to you about this possible problem, AND…

…those managers behave before you like Miller, Lerner and Schulman have behaved before Congress.

I can’t imagine any business owner tolerating such behavior or longer than a day or two.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I’m trying to think of a similar situation in any other sector but the government where you are given a vacation with pay and that’s considered punishment.

WitchDoctor on May 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Plenty of time to study “Fifth Amendment for Dummies”..

hillsoftx on May 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Elija Cummings (D) on FOX romancing Lerner’s “right” “which she exercised”, says, he “can’t imagine why they’d call her back in.”

Clueless or culapable, is what Cummings is.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

The government holds its employees to a lower standard than any private entity I guess. If she “didn’t do anything wrong” at most places she could still be out the door.

scalleywag on May 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Mark my words, they won’t call her back to testify and if they do…it will be a wimpy request. They don’t really want her to testify. What they needed was someone at the IRS(a registered wingnut)to not say anything so that it appears there is something going on.

stingray9813 on May 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

AP:

Old White House ally Carl Levin and new White House ally John McCain . . .

Heh.

I certainly don’t wish any harm to the senior senator from Arizona, but I’m pretty sure that only Liberals would don sackcloth and ashes if he were to experience a little heart trouble right about now.

Splashman on May 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Ward Cleaver,

No he isn’t. Not upwards of $300K per year. He’s been paid about $280K in the 3 1/2 years since the shootings. That’s what a Major in the Armed Forces would make over that timeframe.

Now, having said that, as a 27 year veteran, I think he shouldn’t be receiving one red cent. Of course, since he is in confinement, he has no access to that money.

GAlpha10 on May 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

If Lerner hadn’t “screwed the pooch” when she tried to invoke her 5th amendment rights, she would now be unemployed.

J_Crater on May 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

stingray9813 on May 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Source please, because you just gave the perfect reason for the administration to try to make her the scapegoat.

And a very good reason to turn on the administration.

I hope you are right!

petunia on May 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

The reason for administrative leave and not firing is that if she gets fired, the gov has no control over her…she can then tell the truth if she gets an immunity deal…and Obama does not want her or others in the know to be off the gov leash and open to telling the truth

georgealbert on May 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Math, a la Lois Lerner

Listen carefully, to the end.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Mark Levin is back and of course he’s discussing Lerner & Issa.

http://www.marklevinshow.com/

Why didn’t the Republicans conduct hearings last year before the election last year? He’ll answer that question after the break.

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I will not be satisfied until she walks out in chains…

Chains you can believe in.

StubbleSpark on May 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Not that the crime or scam or whateveritcanbecalled isn’t bad enough, but Lerner’s and Miller’s and Schulman’s utter condescension before Congress — thus, to the American taxpayers who employ them — has been the most offensive aspect so far to me as to these hearings.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Yes. This x 1,000,000.

Trey Gowdy’s total evisceration of their answers when they were before the committee was a marvel to behold.

PatriotGal2257 on May 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Mark Levin’s answer to my 6:21PM comment. Because the Establishment Republicans despise the Tea Party & Conservatives.
Isaa & the rest weren’t going to do anything on behalf of these Tea Party types.

Today they are holding hearings because they think they will score some points while raising funds to defeat any Tea Party Candidate/Conservative.

Great program Levin is having.

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

issa better not back down on this…she still needs to testify

cmsinaz on May 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

What a nasty, nasty human this person is. Trying to come up with the worst possible punishment to fit her evilness but can’t find one bad enough.

RdLake on May 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Why “administrative leave” instead of a firing? Three reasons. One: Now that Lerner’s stated publicly that she did no wrong and invoked her Fifth Amendment right in Congress, the Due Process President probably doesn’t want to pull the trapdoor until she’s given her side of the story. If in fact it turns out that the order to target conservative groups came from somewhere else, canning her straightaway would make a bad situation worse. Two: As we know from Benghazi, “administrative leave” is the administration’s preferred way to handle a crisis. It’s a nice middle ground between doing nothing at all, which plays badly with voters, and firing someone outright. Why kick someone off the payroll when you can simply “suspend” them, keep the checks coming so they stay quiet, and then quietly reinstate them later after the public’s stopped paying attention?

And three, as Dan Foster reminds us today at NRO: It’s exceedingly hard to fire a federal employee, thanks in part to the sort of government unions that are routinely championed by Barack Obama.

Curiously our intrepid blogger doesn’t mention the possibility that people don’t get fired for carrying out the boss’s orders.

Basilsbest on May 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

What a nasty, nasty human this person is. Trying to come up with the worst possible punishment to fit her evilness but can’t find one bad enough.

RdLake on May 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Agreed. Anyone who donates money to Romney and Ted Cruz are nasty.

stingray9813 on May 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Perhaps they can put her in “stocks” during her next round in front of the Committee…

More popcorn, please, STAT!!

Khun Joe on May 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

issa get her back there pronto…

cmsinaz on May 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Jail her as a flight risk. They had no trouble declaring Rosen such.

pat on May 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Why kick someone off the payroll when you can simply “suspend” them, keep the checks coming so they stay quiet, and then quietly reinstate them later after the public’s stopped paying attention?

So it would be very interesting from now to whenever that someone also quietly keeps tabs on her to see where she is reassigned next and make it a point to call it out. The FEC first, then the IRS … then who knows where next? She should not ever be in a government position to affect anything any taxpayer or voter does ever again.

PatriotGal2257 on May 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Now, having said that, as a 27 year veteran, I think he shouldn’t be receiving one red cent. Of course, since he is in confinement, he has no access to that money.

Also, upon conviction, and a sentence that includes “forfeiture of all pay and allowances”, he will have that money seized by the U.S.Gov’t, as his “bad time” begins with his confinement awaiting Courts Martial.

Another Drew on May 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM

She was “asked” to resign, she said no. Now they have to pay her, or she just might admit that Holder told her to harass conservatives, for the boss………..

angrymike on May 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Is there anyway we can place this whole administration on paid administrative leave??????

angrymike on May 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

It’s hard to fire a government employee. They’d have to burn down a cubicle. The days when everyone in government feared the RIFT are long gone.

Red Creek on May 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Instead of canning her, maybe caning her would have been more appropriate.

vityas on May 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Well at least she didn’t faint and bang her head causing her to miss testifying about a scandal she was involved with like some members of the Obama administration.

OxyCon on May 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

She’s toast.

BacaDog on May 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Probably just have her “administrative leave” extended. Indefinitely.

de rigueur on May 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Matbe in her down time Zero will have Hillary take on a tour of Ft. Marcy Park.

ghostwalker1 on May 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

…have Hillary take her on a tour of Ft. Marcy Park.

Stupid fingers.

ghostwalker1 on May 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM

stingray9813 on May 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Try to change the facts all you want, SHE IS STILL A DEMOCRAT……

Barred on May 23, 2013 at 8:01 PM

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