Saturday, June 21, 2014

Lois Lerner, Criminal Sludgebucket

The WSJ (ht Ace) reports that Lerner's hard drive was annihilated 10 days after the Republicans sent their first inquiry letter about IRS' persecution of Tea Party groups.

Not to worry about Ms. Lerner, who will draw a full pension and health-benefit package in her retirement.  Too bad that won't be spent at Leavenworth, eh?


Anonymous said...

Oh geez, 10 days? This would seem to indicate criminal intent. Also heard she had multiple abortions prior to Roe v. Wade.

Dad29 said...

Not intent. Obstruction.

You have a voyeurism problem due to your unnatural affection for your mother, eh?

Saint Revolution said...

Lost eMails?

The IRS Has A Contract With An eMail BackUp Company .

As IRS commissioner John Koskinen sat on Capitol Hill belatedly informing a Congressional committee of the “disappearance” of years of eMail communications from a host of IRS employees under investigation–including Lois Lerner–it was discovered that the IRS had hired an eMail backup company to prevent just such a loss of data.

After the commissioner’s testimony, a Twitter user went hunting for information on the IRS and discovered that as far back as 2005 a company named SonaSoft had announced that it had been awarded a data backup contract from the IRS. Even as late as 2009, the company had tweeted about its association with the taxing agency.

So, how is it that commissioner Koskinen was so sure during his testimony before The House Ways And Means Committee that all the eMails of the very IRS operatives under investigation just happened to have disappeared forever?

Did Mr. Koskinen check with SonaSoft to see if the backup company had the eMails? Does he even know of SonaSoft ’s existence?

SonaSoft seems to be aware of the IRS, anyway. On its website, the tech company lists the IRS as one of the clients it does archiving work for.

In another section of its website, SonaSoft posted a document describing its own services, noting that it “...archives all eMail content and so reduces the risk of non-compliance with legal, regulatory, and other obligations to preserve critical business content...”.

Has the commissioner checked with SonaSoft ?

For his part, Koskinen smugly claimed that he and his agency was flatly innocent of any wrong doing. But the commissioner was sharply criticized for arrogantly claiming that the IRS has no reason to apologize to the American people; not for the targeting scandal where conservatives were set up for IRS harassment as they applied for a tax status, nor for hiding the fact that these eMails had supposedly disappeared even though he knew about it for many months.

It was all too much for several members of the committee. The usually mild mannered Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), for instance, was livid with Koskinen. “This is a pattern of abuse. A pattern of behavior that is not giving us any confidence that this agency is being impartial,” Ryan said on Friday.

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