Koskinen's IRS Failed to Search Five of Six Locations for Lois Lerner Emails
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will appear before the House Judiciary Committee to defend himself against impeachment charges following his role in the Lois Lerner targeting scandal.
Koskinen was appointed to lead the IRS after promising to bring transparency and openness to the embattled agency. He has failed.
The IRS failed to search five of six possible sources of electronic media for Lois Lerner’s emails, according to documentation released by the House Oversight Committee in July 2015.
Over the course of investigations into the Lois Lerner targeting scandal, Commissioner John Koskinen repeatedly assured Congress that he would provide all of Lois Lerner’s emails. But based on testimony from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), this did not occur. The agency’s ineptness -- or corruption -- resulted in 24,000 Lerner emails being lost when they were “accidently” destroyed.
According to TIGTA official Timothy Camus, the IRS had six possible sources to search for Lois Lerner’s emails:
“The hard drive would have been a source, Blackberry source, backup tapes a source, the backup tapes for the server drives and then finally the loaner lap tops.”
When asked how many of these sources the IRS searched, Camus was unable to say for certain whether the IRS had searched for any. While Camus did acknowledge that agency employees initially checked her hard drive, it appears that more could have been done to recover data from this source. Instead, all data was deemed unrecoverable after a brief search:
“We’re not aware that they searched any one in particular. They did – it appears they did look into initially whether or not the hard drive had been destroyed, but they didn’t go much further than that.”
The agency’s refusal to conduct due diligence in its search for Lerner’s emails meant that 1,000 emails were not found until TIGTA searched backup tapes. When asked why the IRS did not give these emails to Congress, Camus said it was because the agency never looked for them in the first place:
“To the best we can determine through the investigation, they just simply didn’t look for those emails.”
Commissioner Koskinen stated that the IRS took “extraordinary efforts” to recover any emails, but this is clearly not the case. Years after the investigations into the Lois Lerner targeting scandal began, the agency’s unprecedented obstruction has meant Americans are no closer to the truth.
The solution to the gross malfeasance of the IRS is not to reform the federal agency but to dismantle it brick by brick and then adopt a Fair Tax.
There is no such thing as a lost email. These systems are redundant just in case there is a system crash. And, as a last resort there are digital backup tapes that are used to store information. Also, whichever company was used as a spam filter, they have copies of everyone's emails as well...So this lame idea that emails can be lost is an insult to everyone's intelligence, even the low information Democrat Party voter...
So let's see, TruePundit reports "Documents appear to implicate State Dept. in cover-up on Clinton emails" Get that? An entire Government Agency committing crime to shield one of their own.
Here they report IRS is guilty of corruption to protect one of their former power abusers.
At DOJ, Loretta Lynch kisses the ring in Phoenix and promises the one who hired her that she would protect the Queen at any cost.
At FBI, James Comey's formerly esteemed reputation has finished circling the toilet bowl drain as he finds himself now trying to explain why he refused to pursue criminality so egregious, with a cache of damning evidence so overwhelming one might need to back a semi up to the courthouse steps to unload all of it.
Health Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is being paid for the rest of her life for creating a disaster... You know I could go on for hours.
This country is so depressed right now and they don't know why. The cognitive dissonance, the inability to recognize the unmistakable source of the problem.... is us, the voting public.
We are becoming a Godless people electing Godless people. The coming storm won't be a random act, we are bringing the rain down upon our own heads. Unfortunately, the rain will fall upon the righteous as well as the unrighteous.