Call it incompetence or deliberate cover-up, the latest revelation from the IRS further reveals just how corrupt they and the Obama administration are.
Former IRS Supervisor Lois Lerner was quickly made to be the scapegoat for carrying out Barack Obama’s orders to target tea party and other conservative groups and to delay their applications for non-profit status. Lerner was placed on paid administrative leave for a number of months before being allowed to retire. In five months of sitting home Lerner made more than I do in a year working 60+ hours a week.
Incidentally, being allowed to retire when she did, Lerner will still be eligible to receive her federal pension from 30 years as a federal employee. That means that she will walk away scott free with a very healthy pension that you and I will be paying.
When Congress tried to subpoena Lerner’s email correspondence, they were told that they had all been lost due a computer crash. Supposedly even the backups of her emails had been lost. Then by some strange coincidence, the IRS cancelled its contract with the company hired to backup their systems.
Judicial Watch, a non-profit group filed a motion for limited discovery of IRS documents surrounding the scandal and Lerner’s missing emails. They believed that the missing emails could be located and retrieved by using other means than they reportedly had used. A federal judge ruled in favor of Judicial Watch over numerous objections from the IRS.
“Judicial Watch lawyers reviewed the IRS court filings and concluded that the agency ‘did not undertake any significant efforts to obtain the emails.’”
“IRS attorneys conceded that they had failed to search the agency’s servers for missing emails because they decided that ‘the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.’ They admitted they had failed to search the agency’s disaster recovery tapes because they had ‘no reason to believe that the tapes are a potential source of recovering’ the missing emails. And they conceded that they had not searched the government-wide back-up system because they had ‘no reason to believe such a system … even exists.’”
“The IRS admitted to Judge Sullivan that the agency failed to ‘submit declarations about any of the foregoing items because it had no reason to believe that they were sources from which to recover information lost as a result of Lerner’s hard drive failure.’ [Emphasis added] Department of Justice attorneys for the IRS had previously told Judicial Watch that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. In the October federal court filing, the IRS does not deny that the government-wide back-up system exists, and acknowledges to the court that 760 other email ‘servers’ have been discovered but had not been searched. The IRS also refuses to disclose the names of the IRS officials who may have information about the IRS scandal, citing unspecified threats. The IRS says it pulled documents about the scandal from various employees into a ‘Congressional database’ and that it has only searched this one ‘database’ for missing records. Incredibly, the IRS has not searched any of the IRS’s regular computer systems for any missing records and admits that it has only searched a ‘database’ that it knows does not contain the missing records being sought by the court, Judicial Watch, and Congress.”
In other words, the IRS and their attorneys lied to Congress, the court and Judicial Watch when they claimed the emails had been lost and were un-retrievable. Imagine if the IRS were auditing your taxes and demanded that you produce records and receipts to justify your deductions but you told them they had all been lost in a computer crash. Do you think the IRS agents would accept that excuse from anyone? Not in your lifetime, but that’s exactly what they have been doing. The difference is that their lying about the subpoenaed documents including Lerner’s emails to Congress and the court amounts to perjury which is a felony offense.
Someone or someones at the IRS need to lose their jobs and go to prison for perjury, but that won’t happen. They were only following the orders that came from the White House and Obama’s Attorney General, whether Holder or the new dude won’t take any legal action as they don’t mind breaking the law to protect their own.