Editor’s Note – The IRS says they lost Lois Lerner emails? Did we read that correctly? The answers to those questions is YES, but we are not surprised. Her Computer crashed in 2011 they say, before the scandal broke, and only her external emails were lost. How convenient and entirely unbelievable – prepare to suspend disbelief.
The House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI) was stunned when he released the news that following last weeks revelation that over 1.1 million private IRS records of conservatives had been given to the FBI, the IRS claims it lost many of Lois Lerner’s emails in a computer crash. That revelation showed how they abrogated the fourth amendment as an example of “illegal search and seizure.”
Do you believe them? We don’t; this one is yet another example of this administration providing an excuse to hide damning evidence that just appears to hold water. How does anyone prove that they are lying, yet again. Proving a negative is usually impossible and they know it; and like their other excuses in other scandals, they defy credulity.
But ask yourself this, are your email records kept resident on your individual hard drive? We believe that theirs are on a secure server, not her hard drive.
Eliana’s report is just stunning — no matter how many times similar “mishaps” have occurred in this administration. The IRS, like other government agencies, has lots of reasons to maintain emails, so I’m curious about whether they will be similarly informing courts, Congress, litigants, FOIA petitioners, and other people and bodies they must periodically make disclosures and reports to that they’ve lost nearly two years’ worth of agency communications? Or was this just one of those highly, highly unusual computer crashes that affects only the email account of Lois Lerner and any executive branch official with whom she happened to exchange messages.
In Faithless Execution, I recount that it was especially important to the Framers that the president be accountable. After considering a variety of different models, they decided to vest all executive power in a single official — the president — not in a committee or an array of agencies. “The executive power is better to be trusted,” James Wilson explained, “when it has no screen.” The arrangement was supposed to make the president singularly responsible for the actions, including the wrongdoing, of any and all his subordinates.
Naturally, when it reluctantly covers administration scandals, Obama’s media praetorian guard spins the story as being that the misconduct du jour of the IRS, the ATF, the Justice Department, the State Department, the VA, and the rest “has not been connected to the White House.” But it is always connected to the White House. (Read the rest here.)
My dog ate my lunch…er, no, my computer crashed…yeah that’s it, yeah!
Please read the following commentary provided by the Washington Times for more details:
Agency blames 2011 hard drive crash for data loss
The IRS has told Congress that it has lost some of former employee Lois G. Lerner’s emails from 2009 through 2011, including those she sent to other federal agencies, the House’s top tax-law writer said Friday.
The agency blamed a computer crash for the mishap.
“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 IRS’s response to congressional inquiries,” Mr. Camp said. “There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.”
The IRS said it still has been able to collect 24,000 Lerner emails from the 2009-2011 time period in question that it has turned over or will be providing, as part of a total production of 67,000 emails that Ms. Lerner either sent or received.
It’s part of a massive effort to get to the bottom of the tea party targeting.
“The IRS has made unprecedented efforts in connection with this effort, producing more than 750,000 pages of documents to help complete the investigations. In total, the IRS’s efforts to respond to Congress have involved more than 250 IRS employees working more than 120,000 hours at a direct cost of nearly $10 million,” the agency said in a statement. (Read the rest here at the Washington Times.)
Further Editor’s Note:
We also recommend Katie Pavlich’s take here at TownHall.
Ways and Means Committee Release:
Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 – April 2011. Due to a supposed computer crash, the agency only has Lerner emails to and from other IRS employees during this time frame. The IRS claims it cannot produce emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.
“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 IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries. There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.
“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.”
Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) added, “In the course of the Committee’s investigation, the Administration repeatedly claimed we were getting access to all relevant IRS documents. Only now – thirteen months into the investigation – the IRS reveals that key emails from the time of the targeting have been lost. And they bury that fact deep in an unrelated letter on a Friday afternoon. In that same letter, they urge Congress to end the investigations into IRS wrongdoing. This is not the transparency promised to the American people. If there is no smidgeon of corruption what is the Administration hiding?”