When the man occupying the White House gives instructions to carry out illegal targeting and harassment of his opponents, you can expect everyone involved to lie about what’s happening. They have no choice but to protect the man in charge, even if it means defying and lying to Congress with the possibility of facing criminal charges. Everyone beneath Obama can be considered collateral damage if such a scandal gets that far and perhaps it’s getting closer to that day by day.
At the very beginning, everyone involved with the IRS scandal claimed to know nothing about anything or who gave the orders to target tea party groups, conservatives, Romney donors and Christians. Investigations seem to lead to then IRS supervisor Lois Lerner who denied everything.
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.
Not long after, it was reported that over 30,000 of Lerner’s lost emails had been located as previously reported. According to Judicial Watch:
“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.”
Last week at a House Oversight Committee hearing, IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy Camus and Inspector General J. Russell George testified that had discovered 32,000 more Lois Lerner emails from backup tapes that were related to the targeting scandal. They did not reveal how many of them were the same ones previously discovered or how many were new. They have previously turned over 78,000 scandal related emails.
At previous congressional hearings, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified that all of the emails had been lost. He was asked if they had checked backup tapes and he told the committee that they had checked the backup tapes but they too had been destroyed.
With that knowledge, Camus testified:
“We recovered quite a number of emails, but until we compare those to what’s already been produced we don’t know if they’re new emails.”
At the hearing, Rep. John Mica, (R-FL) stated:
“It looks like we’ve been lied to, or at least misled.”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R-UT) added:
“We have been patient. We have asked, we have issued subpoenas, we have held hearings. It’s just shocking me that you start, two weeks later you’re able to find the emails.”
Even one of the Democrats on the committee, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), expressed her frustration with the IRS investigation in the following exchange with Camus:
Maloney: “So as I understand it from your testimony here today, you are unable to confirm whether there are any, to use your own words, new emails, right?”
Camus: “That is correct.”
Maloney: “So what’s before us may be material you already have, right?”
Camus: “That is correct”
Maloney: “So may I ask, why are we here?”
IRS officials claim that they have every intention of fully cooperating with Congress and have spent around $20 million responding to congressional subpoenas and investigations, but are they? Their track record says that they only cooperate when forced into a corner with no way out. With Obama’s power and those protecting him, I seriously doubt if we’ll ever find out the truth, that Obama orchestrated the whole thing with his 157 meetings at the White House with then IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman.