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.
According to NBC, canceling White House tours would save the administration $74,000 a week.
Taking a separate vacation and pretending to be on the PGA Tour to train with Tiger Woods' coach and then play a round with Tiger himself cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1 million. As Sen. Jeff Sessions estimated, that was "enough money to save 341 federal workers from furlough."
Incidentally, it happens to be enough to finance the White House tours of the "People's House" for half of the remaining fiscal year.
The White House claims canceling the tours were "mandatory." Jay…
"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]