NEW IRS E-MAIL LOSS MORE EVIDENCE OF OUT OF CONTROL GOVERNMENT
NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
September 22, 2014
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The latest report describing suspected lawless behavior by the United States' most powerful law enforcement agency is being characterized as an arrogant and cynical insult to the intellect of the American people and evidence of out of control government under Barack Obama.
Officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) -- an organization known for its sometimes questionable, ruthless pursuit of taxpayers -- told members of a House of Representatives' committee on Friday that five additional workers allegedly linked to the agency’s Tea Party and conservative targeting scandal appear to have lost emails due to computer problems.
The IRS used the same excuse regarding it's Director of Tax Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner, who is also part of the IRS's epidemic of lost emails. With the help of the Democratic Party, President Barack Obama continues to claim there isn't a "smidgen of corruption" at the autonomous
The five workers in question include those staff members who are key to the different investigations conducted by House committees into the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party and conservative non-profit groups. One of those staffers is Judith Kindell, who was a senior adviser to Lerner, the former IRS official who is facing criminal charges and has "pleaded the Fifth" whenever questioned about the case.
The first report of missing emails occurred in June, when the IRS informed Congress that Lois Lerner's emails, which lawmakers had subpoenaed, were no longer available due to a computer malfunction. The IRS claims Lerner’s email from 2009 through 2011 were not retrievable due to her workplace computer's hard drive crashing.
In an unsworn statement to lawmakers, IRS officials claims they “found no evidence that any IRS personnel deliberately destroyed any evidence,” and that each of the five staffers had notified IRS's in-house information technology (IT) technicians to retrieve the lost emails.
“The computer issues identified appear to be the same sorts of issues routinely experienced by employees within the IRS, in other government agencies and in the private sector,” the agency’s statement said. “In addition, each of the five hard drive issues resulting in a probable loss of emails substantially predates the onset of the investigations in 2013.”
"Just see how far you would get if you told the IRS you mysteriously lost all of your tax information documents and receipts during one of their witch-hunting audits," said Mike Baker, an attorney and political consultant. "This agency is arguably the most powerful in the entire U.S. government and they have the unmitigated gall to admit they lost key records."
Of a total of 82 IRS staffers suspected of being involved, another at least 13 reported they had computer problems but didn't lose their stored emails. One of those IRS staffers, Nikole Flax, who served as the chief of staff to Steven Miller, the IRS's acting commissioner who President Obama eventually forced out when allegations were flying around the Beltway.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, responded to the IRS letter saying it revealed once again that IRS management wasn't being honest and above-board with the committee's lawmakers. Issa is again on record urging the Obama administration to appoint a special prosecutor.
"The so-called 'most transparent administration in history' has given Congress inconsistent information since the beginning of the targeting scandal,"Issa said."The IRS's ever-changing story is practically impossible to follow at this point, as they modify it each time to accommodate new facts."
The U.S. Department of the Treasury's own inspector general for tax administration is also supposedly investigating Lois Lerner's missing emails and over 40 conservative groups represented by attorney Jay Sekulow are suing the IRS in federal court over Lerner’s emails as well.
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