Lois Lerner, the IRS official who helped run the targeting of conservative groups, is trying to get out of town ahead of the posse and retiring, according to reports.
Lerner took the Fifth before a congressional committee in May, claiming she had done nothing wrong. Which doesn’t exactly explain why she took the Fifth.
Recently unearthed emails by Lerner raise doubts about claims that the IRS targeting was a rogue operation run out of Cincinnati, as claimed by IRS officials.
According to Politico, Lerner was about to be fired.
A Democratic congressional aide said the IRS was moving toward terminating Lerner after completing an investigation into her role in the targeting controversy.
The IRS found that Lerner mismanaged her department and was “neglectful of duty” but found no evidence of political bias, the aide said.
Lerner’s attorney has expressed interest in immunity in exchange for testimony before Congress, according to Politico.