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Citing tax scandal, IRS official backs out of giving keynote at Springfield graduation

SPRINGFIELD — An IRS director has bowed out of giving the keynote address at Western New England University of Law’s commencement this weekend due to her involvement in the recent tax agency scandal.

According to a notice on the university’s website, Lois Lerner, director for the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, told WNEU she was withdrawing from the appointment to that the ceremony would “focus on a celebration of the achievements of the graduates” instead of on her.

Lerner was thrust into the national spotlight this past week when she revealed that IRS agents were unfairly targeting conservative groups such as the Tea Party for additional scrutiny.

Lerner was thrust into the national spotlight recently when she revealed that IRS agents had unfairly targeted several conservative groups for additional scrutiny.

It is not clear if someone else will give the keynote at Saturday’s commencement, which will mark the achievements of 159 graduates.

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