"The IRS is making important progress on fixing the underlying management and organizational deficiencies," the statement said. "Our goal is to restore the public's faith and trust in the tax system. We have sent nearly 400,000 pages of documents to Congress and facilitated dozens of employee interviews. We look forward to continuing to cooperate with Congress and other investigations."
The American Center for Law and Justice represents 41 conservative groups that are suing the IRS over their treatment. Jay Sekulow, the group's chief counsel, said Lerner's retirement "is just another troubling move by the IRS to fail to hold those responsible for the illegal targeting scheme accountable."
"Her retirement — along with her continued compensation — is deeply disturbing and sends the wrong message about accountability," Sekulow said.
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