• FOX News: IRS official who refused to testify placed on leave


    FOS News -- The IRS official who oversaw the unit responsible for the targeting of conservative groups has been placed on administrative leave, Fox News confirms, a day after she refused to testify at a congressional hearing.

    Capitol Hill sources said Lois Lerner, the director of exempt organizations, was placed on leave. It comes amid calls from some lawmakers for her to be suspended or fired.

    Lerner, the official who first acknowledged the controversial IRS practice earlier this month, asserted her innocence at a House hearing on Wednesday. She then refused to testify, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions.

    Republican leaders of that committee, though, now say she waived that right by giving a statement and want to haul her back to testify.

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