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Who is “Toby Miles” and why did Lois Lerner use that name for secret email account? (Court Document)

Who is “Toby Miles” and why did Lois Lerner use that name for secret email account? (Court Document)

Nothing is as it seems in the IRS targeting scandal

Late last night the IRS filed a Status Report (full embed at bottom of post) disclosing that Lois Lerner used a secret email account for some official business, under the name “Toby Miles.”

The Washington Times reports:

Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal.

The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting.

The Status Report (embed below) discloses, in relevant part:

On August 24, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“Service”) released to Judicial Watch, Inc., a CD containing documents responsive to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request for Lois Lerner communications regarding the review and approval process for 501(c)(4) applications….

In the process of preparing this status report and for the August 24, 2015, release of Lerner communications, the undersigned attorneys learned that, in addition to emails to or from an email account denominated “Lois G. Lerner” or “Lois Home,” some emails responsive to Judicial Watch’s request may have been sent to or received from a personal email account denominated “Toby Miles.” The undersigned attorneys contacted the Office of IRS Chief Counsel, and IRS Chief Counsel attorneys informed the undersigned attorneys that these denominations refer to a personal email account used by Lerner. (See Pl.’s Mot. for Status Conf., 15 n.8 (Docket No. 20-2) (noting that the Congressional database includes documents that Lerner’s attorneys provided from Lerner’s “personal home computer and email on her personal email” account(s)).)

The Washington Times Quotes Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, as follows:

“It is simply astonishing that years after this scandal erupted we are learning about an account Lois Lerner used that evidently hadn’t been searched”

I have confirmed with Judicial Watch that this was the first mention of the Toby Miles account.

BONUS Questions: Who is Toby Miles? And why did Lois Lerner use that name for her secret email account?



Judicial Watch FOIA Lois Lerner – IRS Status Report 8-24-2015

[Note Judicial Watch had represented Legal Insurrection in FOIA matters including as to David Gregory and the Virginia State Bar, and also is an advertiser.]


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“Nothing” spell check quick.

casualobserver | August 25, 2015 at 11:10 am

Is it really “astonishing” as Fitton claims? We are learning it is pretty much the status quo that people in position of power in this administration conduct business in a clandestine way. And I’m not so naive as to think this is a first, either.

Who is Toby Miles?

I believe that would be Richard Windsor’s half brother.

    David Jay in reply to David Jay. | August 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

    And until a few executive branch appointees go to jail, they will continue to circumvent the law of the land.

    Joe Miller in reply to David Jay. | August 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Check your cis-normative gender bias.
    Zir could be identifying as a gender neutral pansexual two-spirit skoliosexual that thinks of zirself as a transitioning species fluid dolphin for all you know. j/k

    I really wish I didn’t know what that crap I just wrote meant.

    phelps in reply to David Jay. | August 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    You are actually correct. “Richard Windsor” was coined from a dog Richard that Lisa Jackson owned in Windsor NJ. “Toby Miles” is coined from Lerner’s dog Toby and her husband’s last name.

    This is too much to be coincidence — I think we are looking at an actual conspiracy now. The are both operating from the exact same playbook.

      donb in reply to phelps. | August 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Next questions: Does Valerie Jarrett have a dog, and does it have an email address? Also, does the first dog (“Bo”) have an email address? Some little birds would like to know.

        Jarret has two dogs. One is named ‘Barack.’ The other is named ‘Michelle.’ The one named Barack does all kinds of stupid pet tricks. The other one just overeats and barks.

Bet there’s a few feds that wish she and they taken the blue pill at this point.

On the surface, this one would be innocent, …if it had been disclosed at the very front of the scandal. You know before the congressional hearings.

I’m getting rather annoyed at being told “the man” is out to get every protected victim class there is, while watching footage of some of these protected classes commit crimes and prosecution of those crimes would be racist… while at the same time seeing footage of “the man’ actually out to get people for their political views.

I don’t see how this trend we are on can possibly continue for very long nor end well.

    David Jay in reply to Andy. | August 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I disagree (that it could be innocent), it is a federal statute that all work communications flow through systems that are archived. This is necessary for a number of reasons, including FOIA (this case).

    If the IRS says that FOIA-covered communications (i.e. work related) emails are going through a private account then by definition this violates the statute. Exactly the same issue as EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.

    But no one ever goes to jail. They know they can get away with it so they keep doing it. It will take a few stays at Club-Fed in order to break appointees of this behavior.

      DaveGinOly in reply to David Jay. | August 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I think it’s obvious that on the presumption that when trouble starts, investigators are going to presume a private email address exists, and will demand it, that a perpetrator wishing to cover her tracks establishes two personal accounts for business use. The first is used for innocuous messages; that’s th one that she will give up when asked for it (like the dummy wallet or wad of one dollar bills the victim of a stick-up might surrender). The second is used for the dirty work. The first, red-herring address, is meant to satisfy investigators that they are aware of the subject’s personal account so they don’t go snooping for another.

      This takes forethought and an understanding that what you’re undertaking isn’t legal. There’s no other reason for the deception except to conceal activity that’s not kosher. (or, these days, halal).

      These types of accounts can legitimately enable a higher up to engage with minions w/out invoking their position to get special treatment.

      It CAN enable them to monitor functions like a service desk’s adherence to SLA/OLAs when Joe Blow is making a request. That is legit. Lots of high level managers do it.

      However Lois Lerner lost the benefit of the doubt long ago. She declared war on her countrymen using her position as an employee of the government as a weapon.

At some point, the judges will be mad enough to take control of the email searches themselves and all hell will break out

I’m seeing a pattern emerge with the corruption in this administration. Time to invoke RICO?

    Ragspierre in reply to windbag. | August 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Oh!, it’s WAY past time…!!!

    But you have to have an AG who’s NOT part of the outlaw gang, which we ain’t got.

    You COULD impeach the head of the IRS…if you had a set of balls in Congressional leadership outside of the pool table.

What was the domain name for Toby’s email (e.g.,,,

If it was not a .gov domain (and not or similar), then on whose servers was it hosted, where are those servers located, and where are the backups for those servers?

    SueAnne in reply to donb. | August 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    From Washington Times story: tobomatic at
    (Sorry, don’t know how to prevent auto link without doing it that way.)

      donb in reply to SueAnne. | August 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks. Although MSN has historically been responsive to subpoenas, they would probably fight this specific one while screaming “violation of privacy”.

Heh. Toby Miles is an anagram for “to be slimy”.

Wasn’t using a personal account for government business or a government account for personal business what the lefties imagined they would get Karl Rove and Sarah Palin on?

So the whole time they were assuming Republicans treat the laws as cavalierly as Democrats…

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Crawford. | August 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Classic case of “Self-Projection.”

    You can always tell what Evil the Democrat Party is doing by what they accuse others of doing……..

The faux email addresses have been used and known about for a while. Why hasn’t Congress done something about this? Why hasn’t the DoJ?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to TtT. | August 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Maybe Congress Critters are getting Money Kick-backs from the IRS…..

Best line from the article:

“The use of secret or extra email accounts has bedeviled the Obama administration, …”

Bedeviled them, has it — in what way? In that the administration didn’t get away with it? The sentence makes it appear that, gosh darn it, those pesky secret email accounts kept popping up despite the best efforts of fearless leaders to put an end to them.

Whereas we all know that the secret email accounts were an integral part of how the administration operated. They were used precisely to keep their dealings out of the public record.

There’s no bedevilment to it, though there is a devil.

Toby Miles? Sounds like an alias for Harry Reid..before the Ray-Bans.

DINORightMarie | August 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm

And the answer is: Lois Lerner’s dog.

Bonus Question: Who is Toby Miles?

From NRO:

Her use of the mysterious account has prompted speculation into the source of the name. “Toby Miles,” according to a former Lerner colleague, is the name of Lerner’s dog: Toby is the dog’s name, and Miles is the surname of Lerner’s husband, Michael Miles.

Next question: Does Valerie Jarrett have a dog, and does it have an email address? Also, does the first dog (“Bo”) have an email address? Some little birds would like to know.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to donb. | August 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    RE: “Does Valerie Jarrett have a dog, and does it have an email address? Also, does the first dog (“Bo”) have an email address?”


    Plus they have top security clearance…….

apparently Toby is her dogs name and Miles is her husbands last name …

Of course the email account wasn’t searched. She was given time to sanitize it. If the proposed genesis of the account name is correct it’s an open insult to her husband.

Sammy Finkelman | August 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re not a dog.

Never fear: Boehner and McConnell are here!