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IRS: More dogs ate more emails than previously thought

IRS: More dogs ate more emails than previously thought

More emails “lost” from Lerner’s IRS colleagues during crucial period of Congressional scrutiny

On Tuesday, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp dropped another bombshell into the simmering IRS-targeting-conservatives scandal. This new information comes on the heels of Friday’s announcement by Camp that the IRS had only “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails. Lerner is at the center of the IRS scandal and potential cover-up.

In addition to Lois Lerner’s emails, the IRS cannot produce records from six other IRS employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups. One of those figures is Nikole Flax, who served as Chief of Staff to Steve Miller, who at the time of the targeting was Deputy Commissioner and would later serve as Acting Commissioner of the IRS – a position from which he was fired for his role in the targeting of conservative groups. The timeframe for which Ms. Flax’s communications are purportedly unrecoverable covers when the Washington, DC office wrote and directed the Cincinnati field office to send abusive questionnaires, including inappropriate demands for donor information, to conservative groups.

Camp and Boustany also uncovered that the IRS has been keeping secret for months the fact that the Agency lost these critical records. Ways and Means investigators have confirmed that the Agency first knew of the destroyed emails as early as February 2014 – nearly three months prior to newly installed Commissioner John Koskinen telling the Committee the IRS would produce all of Lois Lerner’s emails.

John Ekdahl, from Ace of Spades, noted on Twitter that Flax was a frequent visitor to The White House during this same time.

Also this week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Darrel Issa (R-CA) released a report suggesting that President Barack Obama and other top Democrats encouraged the IRS to investigate conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.

The Committee’s investigation shows that the IRS targeting was political. It was political in both its genesis and its effect. The IRS targeting was the result of political pressure on the agency to “fix the problem” of nonprofit political speech. This political pressure was generated by campaign-style rhetoric from President Obama and his allies in opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and so-called “shadowy” groups “posing” as nonprofits. As a result of the IRS targeting, hundreds of tax-exempt applicants were singled out for scrutiny on undeniably political grounds – that is, that they intended to engage in political speech.

Even before this week’s new revelations, the Washington chattering class had begun to turn on The White House as the result of Lerner’s “missing” emails.

On Friday, just as the news of the Lerner emails broke, Ron Fournier of National Review called for a special prosecutor to take charge of the investigation.

A sloppy mistake, the government calls it, but you couldn’t blame a person for suspecting a cover-up—the loss of an untold number of emails to and from the central figure in the IRS tea-party controversy. And because the public’s trust is a fragile gift that the White House has frittered away in a series of second-term missteps, President Obama needs to act.

If the IRS can’t find the emails, maybe a special prosecutor can.

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The White House is stonewalling the IRS investigation. The most benign explanation is that Obama’s team is politically expedient and arrogant, which makes them desperate to change the subject and convinced of their institutional innocence. That’s bad enough. But without a fiercely independent investigation, we shouldn’t assume the explanation is benign.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit wrote in the USA Today yesterday that he’s not sure a special prosecutor will ever be named by this Justice Department.

Special prosecutors are lawyers who don’t work for the Justice Department, appointed to investigate matters where the Justice Department itself cannot be relied upon to be entirely fair. But they are still appointed by the Justice Department’s head, the attorney general. And I have absolutely no confidence that Attorney General Eric Holder will appoint a special prosecutor unless subjected to unimaginable political pressure — and, even then, he’d be likely to name a politically safe apparatchik who would simply run out the clock until Obama’s term ends.

Reynolds’ advice to Congress: if individuals cannot be punished for targeting conservative groups and destroying evidence, then punish the entire Internal Revenue Service.

The question that most people have pondered since Friday: just how can these emails from only one (now six) individuals at the IRS go completely missing for the exact timeframe in question by Congressional committees? It seems to defy logic and technological standards.

Sharyl Attkinsson lays out a series of questions that she thinks the IRS needs to answer to resolve the technical matter of the “lost” emails.

Federal law requires that all emails be backed up and the IRS guidance on the matter requires emails be stored on paper as backup documentation.

The House Oversight Committee issued its second subpoena in two days to the IRS. Tuesday’s subpoena is for documents related to “lost” emails dated from January 2009 to January 2011 to and from Lois Lerner.

Cleta Mitchell, one of the key lawyers defending conservative groups targeted by the IRS, spoke to FOX News’ Megyn Kelly about the latest developments last night.

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Comments

The really bad part…

Obama eats dogs.

So, we’re screwed…

If only Snowden had copied those emails too. BTW, as a tech person, this is total BS. they destroyed or are hiding the emails. This is pretty much laying down the gauntlet to the Republicans and saying, “HA! I destroyed the emails and there is nothing you can do about it”

Getting bak to Snowden for a bit and the whole NSA having everyone’s communications on record easily accessible to political hacks …. Are we really supposed to trust these guys with this kinda power when they already have demonstrated they will use whatever govern,ent resource they have to achieve what they want, even if it means mass murdering innocent mexicans.

Were all of these 6 people collocated?

DINORightMarie | June 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

This was well-debunked last night on Mark Levin’s radio show:

Lois Lerner Lost Email Narrative Debunked by IT Experts via The Gateway Pundit.

There is NO way those emails are gone – unless they were intentionally, systematically erased, deleted, and physically destroyed.

Bruno Lesky | June 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm

IRS Tea Party targeting — criminal.
IRS “losing” emails — treasonous.

As heinous as is the crime, the cover-up is far worse.

#Bring Back Our Emails

Bruno Lesky | June 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

“So, like a Gay Nineties boulevardier riddled with tertiary syphilis, the diseased IRS staggers on.”

More at http://www.steynonline.com/6426/we-dont-need-no-stinkin-emails

I say, impound all IRS communications equipment, all hard copy files, all data records and withhold ALL IRS personnel paychecks until ALL of the missing emails are found.

If someone ‘coughs up’ the evidence then we give them a nice bonus – we won’t kick them in the butt ‘outta there.

In all seriousness, NOW is the time to start a grass-roots movement to REPEAL the 16th Amendment, and…

start the tax code over with a clean sheet of paper.

Burn. It. Down.

    Bruno Lesky in reply to Ragspierre. | June 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Yesss!!!

    In the meantime, get the IRS out of citizens’ medical records. Etc.

    “ObamaCare –The bill [set to pass the House Appropriations Committee] also includes provisions to stop the IRS from further implementing ObamaCare, including a prohibition on any transfers of funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to the IRS for ObamaCare uses, and a prohibition on funding for the IRS to implement an individual insurance mandate on the American people.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/house-budget-punishes-irs-with-15-cut-halts-obamacare-enforcement/article/2549830

      Ragspierre in reply to Bruno Lesky. | June 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      You and I can MAKE that happen.

      My doc will not give my records to anybody. He’s a cranky old goat’s head, too.

    Musson in reply to Ragspierre. | June 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Article V.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Why would you do that?

    The 16th Amendment “gave the Congress no new powers of taxation” (Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co.) The purpose of the 16th Amendment was to iron out a glitch in Congress’ authority to collect a tax on incomes without running afoul of a certain technical matter (which I won’t go into here, but the Stanton case goes into the details). So if you repeal the 16th Amendment, you don’t actually abolish the authority to collect an income tax, you merely go back to the legal situation that was the subject of Pollock v. Farmer’s Loan & Trust Co. (a decision made irrelevant by the 16th Amendment that would become relevant again with the amendment’s repeal). (I can’t resist – In a nutshell, a late 19th Century income tax was found unconstitutional by SCOTUS in the Pollock case. The 16th Amendment nullified the legal argument with which Pollock prevailed. I will refrain from going into the actual argument, but an understanding of the argument is essential to an understanding of the language of the 16 Amendment, which was specifically crafted to repudiate the argument in Pollock. That’s why the language seems so odd.)

    What we need is a constitutional amendment to actually withdraw the authority of the federal government to make a State citizen personally liable for any federal tax. Not only should the income tax be abolished, but it should not be replaced with any other tax that imposes a liability on individual Americans. This would leave corporate income and other taxes, and would allow sales taxes (a tax on the privilege of making sales at retail, for which the retailer is liable – although he may transfer the burden to the customer as a condition of the sale). (Taxes like those on gasoline fall into this category – the seller is liable for them, but the buyer bears the burden. The point of this is that if these types of taxes are not paid, the government goes after the seller, not the citizen. The seller is liable for the tax, while the citizen is not. I am not in favor of any “sales tax” that makes the purchaser liable for the tax. This would violate the citizen’s right to acquire property. It would be a tax on the buying/acquisition of the property, and not upon its sale.) No citizen should be required to make reports of his or her private, personal finances to the government, and certainly no State citizen should be required to make such reports to the federal government.

Bruno Lesky | June 18, 2014 at 6:24 pm

http://www.repeal16.org has a downloadable field manual for citizen activists.

I also emailed http://www.repeal16thamendment.com to see what they have going on.

This feels like the right time.

*Cannot* produce? Yeah, right.

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