IRS Official in Tea Party Scandal Retires Before Firing

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The IRS official at the center of the agency's Tea Party scandal has resigned, just as a review board was set to decide on whether she should be fired.

Lois Lerner admitted that the agency targeted Tea Party groups for special scrutiny on their tax-exempt applications in 2010 and 2012.

The board found "neglect of duty" and "mismanagement" during her tenure over the IRS tax-exempt division.

The American Center for Law and Justice represents 41 conservative groups suing the IRS. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said allowing Lerner to retire with benefits is a bad sign.

"Her retirement, along with her continued compensation, is deeply disturbing and sends the wrong message about accountability," he said.

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