IRS Erased Lois Lerner’s Blackberry AFTER Investigation Began
It’s been a rough five days for the Internal Revenue Service.
Last Friday attorneys at Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, said Department of Justice lawyers revealed a second back-up system that stores all government emails.
Presumably, this includes the emails to and from former IRS manager Lois Lerner’s account; emails that are sought by investigators on the House Oversight Committee because of Lerner’s connection to the potentially illegal targeting of conservative advocacy groups.
If true – DOJ officials are disputing Judicial Watch’s account of the conversation – this casts a serious shadow on the IRS’s credibility, since Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress under oath that the emails had been lost in a hard drive crash.
In an era when most liberals are busy trying to grow government, Democratic leaders in Minnesota just struck 1,175 laws from the books.
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton pitched the idea of a legislative “unsession” last fall as a way to update and simplify the state’s regulatory structure.
Dayton, who is running for reelection this year, wanted to work less on big social engineering projects and instead focus on more down-to-earth issues like eliminating outdated laws, reforming the business permitting process and putting regulations in plain language.
Working with Republicans…
"Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was 'removed or wiped clean of any sensitive…[more]