Skip to comments.Convenient: IRS Has 'Lost' Two Years of Lois Lerner's Emails
Posted on 06/13/2014 4:15:59 PM PDT by Red Steel
According to the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS has "lost" two years of emails belonging to former head of tax exempt organizations Lois Lerner. The IRS doesn't have a record of her emails to outside groups or government agencies from January 2009 through April 2011, conveniently encompassing some of the same time when tea party groups were being targeted for extra scrutiny and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS says the loss of emails is due to a "computer crash" and claims emails from or to Lerner from the White House, Democratic members of Congress, the Treasury Department, FEC and Department of Justice cannot be located. They do however have emails belonging to Lerner that she sent to other IRS employees.
The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRSs response to Congressional inquiries. There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General," Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said in a statement. Just a short time ago, Commissioner Koskinen promised to produce all Lerner documents. It appears now that was an empty promise. Frankly, these are the critical years of the targeting of conservative groups that could explain who knew what when, and what, if any, coordination there was between agencies. Instead, because of this loss of documents, we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone. This failure of the IRS requires the White House, which promised to get to the bottom of this, to do an Administration-wide search and production of any emails to or from Lois Lerner. The Administration has repeatedly referred us back to the IRS for production of materials. It is clear that is wholly insufficient when it comes to determining the full scope of the violation of taxpayer rights.
Emails belonging to Lerner that were not "lost" have shown that she was in contact with Democratic members of Congress and the Department of Justice about prosecuting tea party groups. Just this week, emails surfaced showing Lerner sent confidential tax information belonging to conservative groups to the FBI for investigation just before the 2010 midterm elections.
According to Camp, this is the first time the IRS has disclosed the loss of emails since the investigation into IRS targeting of conservatives started more than a year ago.
Camp: Learning about this over a year into the investigation is unacceptable & calls into question the credibility of the IRSs response Ways and Means (@WaysandMeansGOP) June 13, 2014
UPDATE: Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa responds:
Isnt it convenient for the Obama Administration that the IRS now says it has suddenly realized it lost Lois Lerners emails requested by Congress and promised by Commissioner John Koskinen? Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they're just now realizing the most critical time period is missing? Congressional oversight has revealed that the IRS has potentially illegally shared confidential taxpayer information with the FBI and lost crucial email records even as the agency continues to withhold information by not fully complying with the Committees subpoena. Left to the IRS own preferences, the White House would still be retelling the lie that this was all about mismanagement confined to a local office. The supposed loss of Lerners emails further blows a hole in the credibility of claims that the IRS is complying with Congressional requests and their repeated assurances that theyre working to get to the truth. If there wasn't nefarious conduct that went much higher than Lois Lerner in the IRS targeting scandal, why are they playing these games?"
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screw the emails. ABOLISH THE IRS
Subpoena the back-up tapes from Iron Mountain.
HAVE ANOTHER PRESS CONFERENCE?
Yeah, that'll work.
The amount of dough they have spent on infrastructure over the years should preclude what is claimed to have happened.
These people are perjuring themselves. Backup tapes can be restored.
Anybody with a shred of experience knows this is a blatant lie. This is simply impossible due to the way data is “mirrored” and stored in multiple places and backed up the wazoo.
Simply. Not. Possible.
This is criminal.
You're so right, Mr. Camp. Perhaps you should ... gee, maybe ... open another investigation??? Yeah! That'll show 'em.
And please, sir, tell us how the "unacceptability" will be dealt with. Outside of blustering and strongly worded letters, that is.
Criminals “lose” evidence needed by investigators all the time.
If every white-collar prosecution depended upon information being turned over by the accused, I very much doubt that a single white-collar criminal would ever be convicted of anything.
Prosecutors of white-collar crimes know how to piece together the facts from fragments stored in different places.
Next to e I go to an IRS audit I’ll use the same tactic. Bet it won’t ork the other way around...
Throw everyone who touched her computer and the mail servers into prison for evidence tampering.
Lock her up and throw away the key!
I worked for the Federal government for 36 years. It is impossible to lose two years of emails. A few hours worth maybe in extreme circumstances.
Simply. Not. Possible.
This is criminal. So? Does Lois Lerner personally have the expertise to ferret out every fragment of data, from every mirror site, from every RAID array, relating to her two years of missing e-mails?
If not, she had help.
That's a conspiracy.
The penalties for that are steep.
There would have been at least a few different people involved. Someone would have had to coordinate all this activity. There would have been communication between the different individuals who would have had to take separate actions to make this information disappear.
There would be electronic logs. There would have been certificates on CAC cards. There would have been packet loggers.
Find the weak sister. Work up from there.
This is white-collar prosecution 101.
I’m cool with this, as long as she’s given a torture penalty until they are produced.
I’m looking to throw Thad Cochran into her cell for a lot of unsupervised years.
Issa and Cummings belong in JAIL.
They have allowed this corrupt nightmare
to continue because they are EXEMPT.
EXEMPT from accountability.
EXEMPT from DeathCARE.
EXEMPT from their Oath.