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House Committee Requests Testimony from White House Official
Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 6-19-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson

Posted on 06/19/2014 7:50:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing

House Committee Requests Testimony from White House Official

by Sharyl Attkisson on June 19, 2014

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) requested that Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office testify next week.

In a letter, Issa requested O’Connor’s appearance at a hearing on Tuesday at 9:30a, a day after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is scheduled to testify. The Tuesday hearing is entitled, “IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing E-Mails, Part II.”

In a series of disclosures that began last Friday, the IRS notified Congress that it has “lost” two years worth of key emails to and from IRS manager Lois Lerner, a key figure in the tax agency’s alleged targeting of conservative groups. The loss was attributed to a computer crash.

Then, the IRS reportedly told Congress that it’s unable to produce emails from six more IRS employees involved in the investigation. They include Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. Miller has been fired.

Furthermore, the IRS reportedly told Congress that Lerner’s hard drive can never be produced for inspection because it has been “recycled.”

The eyebrow-raising revelations have prompted widespread skepticism from the public as well as information technology experts who insist that all traces of such documents cannot be accidentally obliterated.

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch received documents through a Freedom of Information request that show Flax approved a request from Lerner to meet with Justice Department officials. The purpose was to consider a suggestion from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to criminally prosecute certain nonprofit groups for allegedly engaging in prohibited political activity.

Not all emails have been forever lost. Some that were obtained by the House Oversight Committee shows that Lerner and an associate sent over a million pages of data, including confidential taxpayer information, to the FBI. Critics say that may have been illegal.

In his letter today, Issa writes, “From May 2013 until November 2013, you served in a career position at the IRS as the Counselor to the Commissioner, with the primary task of ‘navigat[ing] the scandal over [the IRS’s] reviews of conservative organizations. In this position, you had a direct and substantial role in the IRS’s response to congressional requests for documents, including documents sent or received by Ms. Lerner. In fact, IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins, when asked who was supervising the collection of, ‘documents relating to the committee’s requests for material,’ responded ‘Tom Kane and Jennifer [O’Connor] are the two I would identify as the key supervisors.’ Given your prominent role in supervising the IRS’s document review and production processes, you likely knew or should have known that the IRS was missing a portion of e-mails sent or received by Ms. Lerner responsive to the Committee’s subpoena.”

According to Issa, O’Connor was promoted to the White House earlier this year.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: attkisson; irsscandals; irsteapartyscandal; issa; jenniferoconnor; lerneremails; whcounsel

1 posted on 06/19/2014 7:50:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

It’ll never happen.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 7:52:22 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: smoothsailing

Issa does NOT have the required “fire-in-the-belly” to ask the required follow up questions to get to the truth.

Issa may be terminally infected with the dreaded cancer of BOEHNERISM.

Those infected with BOEHNERISM won’t do anything, and nothing can make them do anything. They are as useless an an Obama Democrat.


3 posted on 06/19/2014 7:57:54 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: smoothsailing; Ladysmith

Jennifer O’Connor? GET UNDER DA BUS!

Ladysmith: *SNORT*


4 posted on 06/19/2014 8:14:58 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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Investigative Journalist who tries to give you information others don't want you to have. What you do with it is your own business. Do your own research. Seek advice from those you trust. Make up your own mind.

http://sharylattkisson.com/

5 posted on 06/19/2014 8:17:02 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This sounds like just a regular request for testimony...

it has not yet risen to the level of a severe request with sprinkles, sauce and a cherry on top, yet.


6 posted on 06/19/2014 8:17:42 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Graewoulf

“BOEHNERISM”

Neat term. I hope it gets noticed and repeated.


7 posted on 06/19/2014 8:19:06 PM PDT by Revel
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To: smoothsailing

Prediction : Tommy Vietor books lots of overtime this weekend


8 posted on 06/19/2014 8:29:31 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Revel

An always present symptom of a Republican Politician infected with the dreaded cancer of BOEHNERISM is that the victim always caves-in to whatever the loudest Democrat Politician demands.

Removal from Office is the only know remedy - - - . Scary!


9 posted on 06/19/2014 8:34:26 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: smoothsailing
"We have never heard of anyone named Lois Lerner. We have no evidence that such a person was ever employed by the federal government."

"I see. Thank you for straightening that out. No further questions."

10 posted on 06/19/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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May 30, 2014

Panic in the White House? Crisis Control Attorney Hired!

Jennifer O'Connor has joined the White House Counsel's Office as a lawyer who often plays a key role in crisis control and prevention, the administration is expected to announce Friday afternoon.

http://teapartyorg.ning.com/forum/topics/panic-in-the-white-house-crisis-control-attorney-hired

11 posted on 06/19/2014 8:37:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Steven Tyler

12 posted on 06/19/2014 8:50:33 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Other email from the time period in question exists, it must have been restored from backup to the replacement disk. Why were these emails not restored for Lerner? Why were these emails not restored for these other particular persons?


13 posted on 06/19/2014 8:55:01 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: smoothsailing

Please tell me THAT is not a he/she?!!


14 posted on 06/19/2014 8:56:27 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: acapesket

Nevermind! I get it now.
Funny.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 8:57:34 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: smoothsailing

Y’know, a young comic could make a name for himself, get a regular spot on Saturday Night Live, maybe 3-4 movies, by nailing down a “Tommy Vietor” character


16 posted on 06/19/2014 9:16:28 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: smoothsailing

Some should start a thread where people from all over can post when the hearings are scheduled and times for each time zone, channels, what networks and Internet live feeds who dare cover them.

Otherwise a lot of people might miss them in real time.

Hearings start tomorrow?


17 posted on 06/19/2014 9:24:17 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Why is this so complicated?

A .pst file is local. It is backed up every night to a server. The server replicates to another server.

If this technology didn’t exist in 2009, then it is backed off to tape and stored for whatever the retention period is.

So, ask for the backup. If the government fails to produce that, subpeona every IT person and the data center entry logs.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 9:42:45 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I have no idea why in tarnation you posted that to me?


19 posted on 06/19/2014 9:49:06 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Sorry, was responding at bottom of thread. My bad.


20 posted on 06/19/2014 9:53:48 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

No biggy....


21 posted on 06/19/2014 10:01:09 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: smoothsailing
More kabuki. The North American Kabuki Invitationals. Subpenas without consequence for lying because no perjury charges will ever be brought. Questioning by amateur pretend lawyers with no litigation experience who don't know how to educe the answers they want. Hearings without specifying documents to be produced, so that it's always "I'll have to get back to you on that."

All stupid, dilettante amateur posturing that accepts any old bogus proffered script....like emails can be lost when a local hard drive crashes...when nobody with the slightest notion of IT systems believes that in the first place. And it's not a matter of belief, it's a matter of direct, multi-decade professional experience. But Issa, see, he will follow the idea that Lerner's HD crashed until the end of the earth when he should have impounded it over a year ago, work or not, and subpenaed the IT workers who were employed by the IRS at the time for their testimony. Nothing ever comes from these endless hearings because they are being conducted by Issa, Mister "I don't have a second act in my Kabuki theater. Am I supposed to?"

Lerners' hard drives should have been seized on day 1.

I actually like Issa in a general way but him not being a lawyer, only pretending to be one, he is not capable of understanding how much he is actually damaging the entire case against the IRS....by far, the clearest, most direct-evidence case against the admin and to my mind, the most serious.... by his bungling and grasping at stuff that turns out to be worthless. That's because the people on the other side have real lawyers, smart lawyers, REALLY smart lawyers, and they know exactly the mistakes pretend-lawyer Issa is making and they are knowledgeably staging him to sabotage himself. And they are succeeding beautifully. This is exactly what happens when amateurs pretend to be lawyers! If Issa was smart, or smarter, he would realize that. He isn't and he doesn't, and this investigation is being botched badly.

22 posted on 06/19/2014 10:44:23 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: smoothsailing
Psst ... C-O-N-T-U-M-A-C-Y.
23 posted on 06/20/2014 3:00:10 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: Graewoulf
Issa does NOT have the required “fire-in-the-belly” to ask the required follow up questions to get to the truth.

Issa has no balls, he is just pleased as punch to have Greta rub his leg once a month and call him "Sir".

I had very high hopes for Issa in the beginning of the 2011 term, but he has proven himself to be just another "go along to get along DC insider".

Thank God that Trey Gowdy got boner to let him head up the hildabeastbenhur select committee, because if Issa had been chosen, it would go no where.

24 posted on 06/20/2014 4:22:27 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: Ray76
Other email from the time period in question exists, it must have been restored from backup to the replacement disk. Why were these emails not restored for Lerner? Why were these emails not restored for these other particular persons?

They are going to blame their crappy backups and limited server space to a lack of funding...

25 posted on 06/20/2014 4:34:01 AM PDT by EVO X
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To: USS Alaska

Agreed, and well said!

BTW, Issa made his millions by inventing a truck back-up device - - - sort of what he does now at taxpayer expense: when the going gets tough, BACK UP!


26 posted on 06/20/2014 5:58:00 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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