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Lois Lernerís Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too
Daily Caller ^ | 7-14-2014 | Chuck Ross

Posted on 07/14/2014 6:44:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing

July 14, 2014

Lois Lerner’s Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too

Chuck Ross

The Federal Election Commission recycled the computer hard drive of April Sands — a former co-worker of Lois Lerner’s — hindering an investigation into Sands’ partisan political activities, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Sands resigned from the Federal Election Commission in April after she admitted to violating the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activities on federal time and at federal facilities.

The twist is that Sands also worked under Lois Lerner when the ex-IRS agent — who is currently embroiled in a scandal over the targeting of conservative political groups — worked at the FEC’s enforcement division.

In a letter to FEC chairman Lee Goodman, Oversight chairman Darrell Issa and committee member Jim Jordan laid out Sands’ partisan activities and asked for records pertaining to the recycling of her hard drive and of the agency’s records retention policies.

Sands took part in a heavily partisan online webcam discussion from FEC offices and also operated a Twitter account with the handle @ReignOfApril which were sent during Sands’ normal working hours.

One of Sands’ tweets, from June 4, 2012 read “I just don’t understand how anyone but straight white men can vote Republican. What kind of delusional rhetorical does one use?”

Sands is a black female.

“Dear every single Republican ever, When will U learn that Barack Hussein Obama is simply smarter than U? Stand down, Signed #Obama2012 #p2,” Sands wrote on May 1, 2012.

In a message fro Aug. 25, 2012, Sands called Republicans her “enemy.”

In others, Sands issued fundraising pleas on behalf of Obama. “Our #POTUS’s birthday is August 4. He’ll be 51. I’m donating $51 to give him the best birthday present ever: a second term,” she wrote on July 18, 2012.

“The bias in these messages is striking, especially for an attorney charged with the responsibility to enforce federal election laws fairly and dispassionately,” read the Oversight letter to Goodman, an Obama appointee.

The FEC’s Office of Inspector General sought to conduct a criminal investigation into Sands’ activities but were stymied when they found that the agency had recycled her computer hard drive.

“Therefore the OIG was unable to show that Ms. Sands’ solicitations and political activity were done from an FEC computer,” reads the letter.

Because of this, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia declined criminal prosecution.

“The FEC’s failure to retain Ms. Sands’ hard drive prevented the FEC OIG from fully pursuing appropriate criminal sanctions for Ms. Sands’ admitted violation of federal law,” wrote Issa and Jordan.

“Like the IRS’s destruction of Lois Lerner’s hard drive, the FEC’s recycling of Ms. Sands’ hard drive may have also destroyed material responsive to Freedom of Information Act and congressional oversight requests,” the letter continued.

Lerner’s computer hard drive crashed in the middle of 2011, right around the time that questions were being raised over whether the IRS’s enforcement agency was targeting conservative non-profit groups while considering whether to grant them tax-exempt status.

News of the loss of Lerner’s emails was only made public last month, much to the frustration of Issa and the Oversight Committee.

Though it is unclear whether Sands and Lerner communicated after Lerner’s move to the FEC, the Oversight Committee letter points out that Lerner was known to have communicated with other FEC employees after her switch. That correspondence included the sharing of information protected by section 6103 of the tax code, the letter notes.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aprilsands; fec; irs; loislerner
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1 posted on 07/14/2014 6:44:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Well, imagine that...


2 posted on 07/14/2014 6:46:29 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: All

They used to shred the docs after they shoved them in their pants... now they just smash their computers...


3 posted on 07/14/2014 6:48:00 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Oh no!! Those damned hard-drive manufacturers and their shoddy products!


4 posted on 07/14/2014 6:48:11 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: smoothsailing
Obligatory Captain Renault pic.


5 posted on 07/14/2014 6:50:24 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: House Atreides

I would be concerned of illegality if there was a pattern of unlawfulness that was emerging...what


6 posted on 07/14/2014 6:50:57 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

It’s obviously just an innocent coincidence. Happens all the time.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 6:51:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
How about presumption of guilt for all voiced criminal suspiciouns for hiding or destroying government records. It should be up to each government agent to ensure that copies of correspondence are saved, insofar as they relate to actions taking while in public service. Come to think of it, it should apply to police dashcams, too, what with them carrying guns and shooting people, during times the dashcams just happen to be malfunctioning.
8 posted on 07/14/2014 6:51:16 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: House Atreides

I can assure you that my employer is well equipped to recover and restore most ‘crashed’ drives.

Crimes are being committed, here, on a wholesale scale.


9 posted on 07/14/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: smoothsailing

Would it be easier for Congress to subpoena everyone in the government who still has a hard disk?


10 posted on 07/14/2014 6:55:59 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: smoothsailing
Lois Lerner’s Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too

Sounds to me like it may a contagious disease, they should both be quarantined in a federal slammer until the truth comes out.

Then put them in the general prison population.

11 posted on 07/14/2014 6:56:13 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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12 posted on 07/14/2014 6:56:14 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: smoothsailing

Anyone else wondering.... felony obstruction of justice INDICTMENTS?


13 posted on 07/14/2014 6:56:43 PM PDT by high info voter
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To: KarlInOhio

It’s sure looking that way.


14 posted on 07/14/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

hey,things could of been worse!can u imagine if they were still using “Floppy Disk’s” to store their crucial information?


15 posted on 07/14/2014 7:00:32 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: smoothsailing
Call the NSA.

Dammit. Do I have to think of EVERYthing?

16 posted on 07/14/2014 7:02:11 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: jazusamo
Yeah, toss 'em in with Big Mama Moose!


17 posted on 07/14/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Skooz

I recall Rains as Caesar in Caesar and Cleopatra. Gaius Julius Caesar must have been a man like that.


18 posted on 07/14/2014 7:12:21 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Nachum

looks like the committee will drag its feet til no evidence is left. hmmmmmm..and I guess all the servers lost emails too.


19 posted on 07/14/2014 7:14:12 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: smoothsailing

oh wow!

So years of work was just completely lost and they simply gave them a new email address?

They didn’t reload all the emails sitting on the server so she could keep on working tasks without missing a beat?

Well Gosh dang...


20 posted on 07/14/2014 7:14:27 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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