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.
Here’s a disquieting observation: The most controversial decision out of the Supreme Court this session dealt with a legal requirement that was never approved by a single member of Congress. ObamaCare’s contraception mandate — the applicability of which was narrowed by the judiciary last week — was, believe it or not, never put to a vote. This may strike you as astonishing, but it’s business as usual within the federal government.
Here’s the situation: The contraception mandate was implemented under the aegis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…
"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]