June 17, 2014

Shameless coverup of brazen misconduct at the IRS

IRS has lost more emails

It’s not just Lois Lerner’s e-mails. The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.

The IRS told Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

David French, No Wonder the IRS Is ‘Losing’ E-mails: It Was Trying to Throw Innocent Conservatives in Jail

….In other words, rather than asking the DOJ whether it possessed any evidence of wrongdoing by American citizens engaged in constitutionally protected activities ,two senior officials in the Obama IRS (including one, Lois Lerner, who “joked” about wanting to work for Organizing For Action, also known as BarackObama.com) pushed forward the effort to launch a multi-agency criminal probe, involving even the FEC. Oh, and keep in mind that this e-mail exchange occurred literally years after the IRS claimed it had ended all tea-party targeting.

And in the last few days we learn the IRS has “lost” e-mails from — among others — Lois Lerner and Nikole Flax. What a remarkable coincidence.
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The scale of the wrongdoing is staggering. Targeting Americans for criminal investigation without evidence, attempting to enlist multiple federal agencies in the effort, selective audits, selective disclosures of confidential documents, selective questioning and delays of nonprofit applicants — all in the service of suppressing dissent. At the ACLJ, I’m one of the attorneys in our litigation — on behalf of 41 conservative groups in 22 states — against the IRS and key IRS officials.
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The administration’s misconduct and its cover-up are so brazen, so contemptuous of common sense and the truth, that they will — once and for all — put the media and the Left to the test: When it comes to this administration, does the rule of law matter at all? Does the truth matter at all? Or is it all about ideology now?

'Plot lines in Hollywood are more believable': IRS 'lost' Lois Lerner's emails and those of SIX other officials and kept it secret for MONTHS

The IRS 'lost' the emails of six other agency officials associated with a scheme to target conservative organizations – in addition to those of former official Lois Lerner – and kept it a secret for months, the House Ways and Means committee learned on Tuesday.
The news prompted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to issue broad subpoenas on Tuesday afternoon for hard drives, thumb drives and other backups that Lerner and the tax authorities may have used to archive her messages.

Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and Rep. Charles Boustany, who chairs the Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, said that the IRS has known as far back as February that it no longer had email correspondence for Lerner and other key players implicated in the tea party targeting scandal and failed to share that information with Congress.

'It looks like the American people were lied to and the IRS tried to cover-up the fact it conveniently lost key documents in this investigation,' the duo said in a press release.
'Plot lines in Hollywood are more believable than what we are getting from this White House and the IRS.'
Posted by Jill Fallon at June 17, 2014 8:55 PM | Permalink