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  • ‘Doing an IRS’? EPA can’t find top official’s text messages

    10/09/2014 2:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA is poised to “do an IRS” — similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner — and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records, according to a think tank that’s suing to get text messages under an open-records request. Justice Department lawyers told a federal court on Tuesday that the alert will be coming soon, in a case that’s shaping up as a significant battle over whether government agencies are required to keep cellphone text messages as “official” records. In this case, researcher Chris...
  • Emails show ‘collusion’ between EPA, environmental lobby: watchdog

    09/15/2014 5:56:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA and environmental groups are exceptionally close for a government agency and lobby groups, with a revolving door and pressure from the groups often shaping EPA’s policies, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group based on emails obtained in a yearslong battle with the agency. The report, which details what the Energy & Environment Legal Institute terms “collusion” between the Environmental Protection Agency and eco-friendly groups, is also a study in the way E&E; used open records laws to force transparency on a secretive agency. Chris Horner, the report’s author, said the emails show EPA officials...
  • Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser

    09/14/2014 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager...
  • Letter: Holder Aide Accidentally Calls Issa Staff for Help Spinning IRS Scandal

    09/09/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 182 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder. The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes...
  • Missing emails: What is the IRS not telling Congress?

    09/05/2014 3:38:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    FOX 29 ^ | September 5, 2014 | By SHARYL ATTKISSON
    In June, IRS commissioner John Koskinen testified he had no idea who tipped off Obama officials, much sooner than Congress, about missing IRS emails. "Did you cause someone to find out at the White House, at Treasury, or your IG?" Representative Darrell Issa asked Koskinen on June 23rd. "I did not," answered Koskinen. "And if you have any evidence of that, I'd be happy to see it." "I asked a question," said Issa. "And I answered it," replied Koskinen. In a new development, we've learned it was IRS Commission John Koskinen's own chief legal advisor at the IRS, Catherine Duval,...
  • IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees

    09/05/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 109 replies
    AP ^ | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.
  • Email Reveals Lois Lerner Ignored Political Expenditures By Unions

    09/01/2014 10:39:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 9/1/14 | Connor D. Wolf
    The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor. At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS. Lerner wrote, “We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations...
  • IRS Admits That Lois Lerner Emails Were Never Lost

    08/27/2014 3:33:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    <p>Scandal: Talk of crashed and recycled hard drives, like that Benghazi video, was a distraction from the truth, which is that the missing emails detailing IRS perfidy exist on a system intended for government wide catastrophe.</p> <p>It would make sense that such a system would exist in the event that, say, the Islamic State or some other terrorist entity managed a nuclear attack on Washington D.C.</p>
  • Ominous News for Obama Administration: Judge Sullivan May Be Its Judge Sirica

    08/27/2014 9:31:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    WEBCommentary ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael J. Gaynor
    When President Obama declared last Super Bowl Sunday that there was "not even a smidgeon of corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service, he gave his personal Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval to it and especially vouched for Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal over the treatment of tax exemption applications. To vouch is "to give personal assurances; give a guarantee" (www.thefreedictionary.com/vouching). Team Obama predictably blamed conspiracy theorists for the idea that something was amiss at the IRS. To date, no evidence has surfaced that President Obama personally ordered discriminatory treatment of tax exemption applications to promote his...
  • Obamacare Chief Ordered Official To Delete HealthCare.gov Emails

    08/15/2014 3:09:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/15/14 | The Daily Caller
    Obamacare head Marilyn Tavenner told a top press official to delete an e-mail related to HealthCare.gov during the botched launch, according to documents released Friday. House Republicans are seeking emails from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to discover exactly how Obamacare and HealthCare.gov’s rollout went so wrong. But it turns out that last October, Tavenner directly told CMS’s communications director, Julie Bataille, to delete an email chain with White House officials about HealthCare.gov and contractor Serco. “Please delete this email-but please see if we can work on call script,” Tavenner wrote to Bataille, upon receiving an email chain...
  • Judge Issues New Order to IRS: Your Excuse For "Lost" Emails is Invalid

    08/15/2014 12:47:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    After listening to excuses from IRS officials about why they cannot produce "lost" emails requested through a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the IRS to come up with a better explanation as to why the agency cannot produce valid documentation. He's also asking for details about IRS hard drive destruction policy and wants verification from an outside source that IRS hard drives in question were in fact destroyed as officials have claimed. "In an extraordinary step, U. S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan has launched an independent inquiry into the...
  • Republicans question HHS official’s instruction to ‘delete’ internal ObamaCare email

    08/15/2014 9:30:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Judson Berger
    A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to “delete” an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administration may be hiding internal discussions from Congress. “Time and again, the self-proclaimed 'most transparent administration' has been anything but,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “And now we know that when HealthCare.gov was crashing, those in charge were hitting the delete button behind the scenes.” Upton and other GOP committee leaders on Friday released an email exchange from Oct. 5, 2013, shortly...
  • Tavenner: Transparency for Thee But Not for Me

    08/11/2014 4:46:24 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 8/11/2014 | David Catron
    It has been widely reported that the latest Obama administration official to delete emails requested by congressional investigators is Marilyn Tavenner, who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Far less coverage, however, has been devoted to the ironic fact that Tavenner’s agency administers the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The “Sunshine Act,” as it is generally known, is a provision of Obamacare meant to ensure that physicians conduct business transactions with complete transparency. In other words, the very bureaucrat whose emails have conveniently gone missing oversees the agency tasked with keeping your doctor and his business associates honest.
  • HHS: Hey, some of our e-mails Congress wants are missing too

    08/08/2014 9:09:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s an epidemic! Or so it seems in the most transparent administration ever, anyway. Congress has been probing the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, to find out exactly how the Department of Health and Human Services could have botched the job with three and a half years and nearly a billion dollars to spend. Once again, key records that are required to be retained have been deleted before investigators could see them: A top U.S. healthcare official involved in the botched rollout of the website HealthCare.gov may have deleted some emails that were later sought by Republican congressional investigators, administration...
  • Conservatives suing IRS fail to get injunction

    08/07/2014 3:02:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Merced Sun Star ^ | 8-7-14 | Michael Doyle
    <p>A federal judge on Thursday declined to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Internal Revenue Service from destroying e-mails or other potential evidence.</p> <p>The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton is a blow to True the Vote, the Texas-based organization that’s suing the IRS over its handling of a tax-exempt status application. After filing the suit, conservatives and lawmakers learned that e-mails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner had gone missing.</p>
  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

    08/01/2014 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2014 7:27 PM EDT | Larry Neumeister
    U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. […] The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitution’s protections against illegal search and seizure and could damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by large technology companies, including Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. …
  • New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives As ´***holes´ and ´TeRrorists´

    07/30/2014 9:03:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/30/14 | Susan Jones
    A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner´s official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner´s deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ´---holes,´" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: "So we don´t need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It´s our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.
  • How Litigating Lost E-mails Works

    07/29/2014 5:34:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-29-14 | Bruce Walker
    On July 4, 2014, I wrote an article, “Litigating Lost E-mails,” which proposed using federal judges to compel corrupt bosses to the IRS to force the Obama administration to tell the truth about the “lost” e-mails or face the consequences of lying to federal judges. What I proposed was to do what Democrats did forty years ago this month to Nixon. The case filed against Nixon in United States District Court was decided on May 31, 1974, and the case was argued before the Supreme Court on July 8, 1974. The unanimous decision (Justice Rehnquist recused himself) was decided barely...
  • IRS IT officials testify in court that Lois Lerner’s emails may still exist

    07/25/2014 8:12:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On Wednesday, House Republicans revealed that at least one Internal Revenue Service official believes that it is possible that the agency did not “recycle” all of the hardware and backup tapes on which were stored former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing emails. This development may contradict testimony from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen who told members of Congress that none of Lerner’s emails could be recovered. The claim came from Stephen Manning, an IRS IT official, and Todd Egaas, director of technology operations and investigative services for the tax collection agency. Both testified in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C....
  • More Lying By The IRS Before Congress And The Courts

    07/24/2014 6:31:23 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The tangled web of IRS deceit unravels a bit more with news recycled backup tapes of lost emails still exist and statements before a federal judge that Lois Lerner's hard drive was irreparably damaged were untrue. Deliberately destroying evidence pertaining to the investigation of possible criminal activity is a crime. So is lying about it to Congress and the courts as part of a cover-up of that activity. On July 11, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, at a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by the targeted conservative group True the Vote, told Obama administration lawyers he...
  • IRS Lawlessness: 20 Hard Drives, Six Unanswered Questions

    07/24/2014 8:18:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 55 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: An internationally accredited information-technology asset-management firm says the IRS has some explaining to do as our patience is taxed with tales of even more convenient computer crashes. Private-sector organizations as vast as the Internal Revenue Service typically have redundancy built into their information technology systems, as secure record keeping is the key to managing their businesses and staying in business. Such records, if nothing else, are often required to be kept by law, and often by the IRS itself. As we have noted, Lois Lerner's lost emails from the critical period when the IRS was serving as a political...
  • Rep. Jordan to IRS on Lost Emails: ‘You Guys Were Never Going to Tell Us Until We Caught You’

    07/23/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/23/14 | ali meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called out the IRS on holding back information regarding lost emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner, telling the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a House Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Capitol Hill, “You guys were never going to tell us until we caught you.” At the hearing titled, “An Update on the IRS Response to its Targeting Scandal,” Jordan explained the timeline of events in the ongoing IRS investigation, citing how Koskinen knew about the missing emails in April yet waited until June 13, 2014 to...
  • Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole

    07/20/2014 7:35:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/14 | S.A. Miller & Stephen Dinan
    The Lois G. Lerner emails released this month revealed a potentially huge loophole in federal open-records practices when an IRS tech staffer acknowledged that the agency doesn’t regularly store — and never checks — instant message chats as official government records. Analysts say there is no question that the Internal Revenue Service and all other federal agencies should be storing chats and even cellphone text messages that may constitute official government documents, but a check by The Washington Times suggests that hardly any agency is doing so. Of 17 agencies surveyed by The Times, just two said they had policies
  • Day 8: IRS still can't find Lerner's hard drive

    07/19/2014 2:33:06 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 49 replies
    wnd ^ | July 18, 2014 | Garth Kant
    The IRS can’t say with certainty what happened to the computer hard drive used by Lois Lerner, or exactly where it is now.. On July 11, Judge Reggie Walton ordered the agency to find out what had happened to the hard drive... Manning said Lerner’s hard drive was then “delivered to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division Electronic Crimes Forensic Laboratory for additional efforts to recover data from the malfunctioning hard drive.. testimony revealed another bizarre turn in the saga: The technician, or, specialist, who tried to recover the data from Lerner’s hard drive on that June day in 2011 may...
  • FBI Probing Lost IRS Emails as DOJ Sets to Defend Its Investigation

    07/16/2014 4:19:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/16/14 | Staff
    Amid a flurry of Republican calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department is set to defend its own probe of the matter as exhaustive and sufficient during a House hearing Thursday on the department’s response to the scandal. A top Justice Department official will tell the hearing that the department is now looking at how some of former senior IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails disappeared -- a new area of inquiry, Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News in an exclusive interview Friday.
  • Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle

    07/15/2014 11:25:08 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 22 replies
    Dailymail ^ | July 15, 2014 | Daily mail reporter
    Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle The U.S. Justice Department is claiming that Microsoft must hand over emails that the company stores in databases in Dublin, Ireland, in a case that is being watched closely by tech companies legal scholars. The U.S. federal government is claiming that it can force any company that conducts business operations within its borders to comply with warrants for data stored on its databases, even if those databases aren't physically located within the United States. Several companies that operate within the U.S. keep databases in other countries....
  • The Obama Mash (The Monster Mash) [YouTube Parody 1:40}

    07/12/2014 11:34:48 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_53pGUr0SdM
  • Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

    07/11/2014 5:30:42 AM PDT · by libstripper · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.
  • Secret Emails, Administration Lies, And The Full Details Of The Obama Created Border Crisis

    07/07/2014 8:23:32 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 29 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7-7-2014 | sundance
    Several DHS agencies are involved in apprehending, processing, and repatriating UAC, while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for the care and custody of UAC. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) in the U.S. Department of Justice conducts the immigration removal proceedings. Health and Human Services (HHS) is assigned responsibility from President Obama to shelter “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC’s). In the email below FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is requesting facility recommendations for the housing of the UAC’s. Here is the secretive guideline email requesting help in locating facilities. Note the paragraph: …”This is an...
  • Danielle Allen of "Errant spot of Ink" fame attacked Freepers personally in WaPo 6 years ago

    07/05/2014 2:56:39 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2008 | Matthew Mosk
    An Attack That Came Out of the Ether ( excerpt from page 3 of 4) Of the file folders that are spread in neat rows across Allen's desk, only one is bulging. It holds printouts of the reams of conversations about Obama's religion appearing on Free Republic. Since its start in 1996 by Jim Robinson of Fresno, Calif., the site has grown into a home for discussion of all types -- though it is particularly noted for spirited political discussions dominated by conservatives and libertarians. Freepers, as they're called, converse with a varying degree of transparency. Most remain anonymous. Allen...
  • Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails

    07/02/2014 8:50:51 AM PDT · by libstripper · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency. They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn't be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress.
  • Lois Lerner Fights Back

    06/28/2014 9:46:41 AM PDT · by VinceASA · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/27/2014 | Rachel Bade
    Lois Lerner has no records of two years of missing emails and Republican claims that she’s hiding something are “silly,” her lawyer said in his first interview since the controversy around the former IRS official erupted two weeks ago. “She doesn’t know what happened,” lawyer William Taylor III said of the 2011 computer crash that erased two years worth of Lerner’s correspondence. “It’s a little brazen to think she did this on purpose.” Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/lois-lerner-irs-scandal-108399.html#ixzz35x9YRwbt
  • Federal Court Grants Hearing on IRS Email Destruction to Judicial Watch

    06/27/2014 7:24:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Staff
    Judicial Watch today filed a Motion for Status Conference, and within hours was granted a hearing in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to confer about the emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials, which were the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and a lawsuit, and which the IRS now claims to have “lost” (Judicial Watch v. IRS(No. 1:13-cv–1559)). The hearing is scheduled for July 10. The emails Judicial Watch has sought since May 2013 cover portions of the same period for which the IRS on June 13, 2014,...
  • Issa Threatens EPA With Contempt as Team Obama Celebrates Its Climate Anniversary

    06/25/2014 3:40:55 PM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6/26/14 | Jason Plautz
    While most of President Obama's Cabinet was touting the anniversary of President Obama's landmark speech in which he laid out plans to address climate change, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was left facing a contempt threat from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. (snip) The hearing also included a bit of deja vu for the committee when members grilled McCarthy on lost emails from a hard-drive crash (the same issue that wiped out emails from IRS employee Lois Lerner). In this case, the emails in question were from retired EPA employee Philip North, who was involved in the...
  • Emails: IRS Official [Lerner] Sought Audit of GOP Senator [Grassley]

    06/25/2014 2:07:57 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 121 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    <p>Congressional investigators have uncovered emails showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit of a Republican senator in December 2012.</p>
  • Report: Lois Lerner Tried to Get a Sitting GOP Senator In IRS Trouble (Update: Email Added)

    06/25/2014 2:08:24 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 104 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 25, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Chad Pergram works for Fox News, and has been covering the IRS scandal. On Twitter he just dropped a bombshell. #BREAKING: #IRS email dump to Congress reveal Lois Lerner sought to have Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referred for IRS examination. — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014 Sources tell Fox #IRS‘s Lerner came across invitation for Grassley to event. Lerner then referred Grassley for probe. — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014 Camp: At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights. — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014
  • EPA: Some of Our Emails Have Been Lost as Well

    06/25/2014 1:35:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Apparently this wasn’t just an isolated innocent: a second federal agency is also having trouble finding emails that a congressional committee is demanding in order to fulfill its oversight responsibilities: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IRS share a problem: officials say they cannot provide the emails a congressional committee has requested because an employee’s hard drive crashed. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed to the House Oversight Committee Wednesday that her staff is unable to provide lawmakers all of the documents they have requested on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, because of a 2010 computer crash. “We’re having...
  • IRS Wanted Lois Lerner Emails To Disappear

    06/24/2014 9:52:31 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 110 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The IRS canceled a contract with an email storage contractor weeks after Lois Lerner reported lost personal files and before other IRS officials had their hard drives crash as Tea Party-targeting investigations began. Timing is everything, the saying goes, and sometimes the timing of events is also very curious, as in the case of the lost emails of Lerner and at least six other officials at the very same time the IRS canceled its contract to back up and preserve those emails as required by federal law. Lerner's computer supposedly crashed in June 2011, an alleged event the IRS...
  • U.S. Archivist: IRS "Did Not Follow The Law" On Lerner Emails

    06/24/2014 9:20:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    youtube ^ | 6/24/14 | goprapidresponse
    Vid at link.
  • House panel drags White House attorney to testify on missing IRS emails

    06/24/2014 8:44:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/24/14 | Fox News
    Rep. Darrell Issa forced a White House attorney to testify Tuesday as he and other GOP lawmakers seek answers on why years' worth of emails from ex-IRS official Lois Lerner have disappeared. Tensions flared almost from the beginning. The chairman of the House oversight committee, shortly after White House attorney Jennifer O'Connor began to testify, accused her of being a "hostile witness" when she did not immediately answer one of his questions. "I'm not a hostile witness," she retorted. "Yes, you are," Issa, R-Calif., said. He later clarified to say she is "non-cooperative." O'Connor was brought before the committee because...
  • IRS head says no laws broken in loss of emails

    06/24/2014 6:51:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 23 2014 | Washington Examiner
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress aren't buying the contention by the head of the Internal Revenue Service that he has seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the targeting of tea party and other political groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. On Tuesday, a House panel will hear from a White House official who once worked at the IRS. Jennifer O'Connor worked at the IRS from May to November 2013, helping the agency gather documents related to the congressional investigations, said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the...
  • Hacking Forensic Investigator: Lerner's Emails Are Retrievable

    06/23/2014 3:54:23 PM PDT · by bkopto · 39 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | June 23, 2014 | Ian Hanchet
    Vinnie Troia, the CEO of Night Lion Security and a computer hacking forensic investigator stated that even though the IRS cancelled its contract with e-mail backup service, the agency’s e-mails are still stored off-site and should be retrievable. Troia pointed out that “even according to the 2012 and 2013 audits which were performed on the IRS systems, they were shown to have back-ups that were fully functional, back-ups that were offsite and tested to be properly off-site,” adding “those back-ups do exist somewhere. It is just a matter of finding them and going after them.” He also reported that the...
  • Video: IRS Head Waited 2 Months to Tell Congress, FBI About Lost Emails

    06/23/2014 10:24:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 6/23/14 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Republican congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio excoriated the Internal Revenue Service commissioner Monday night in a House hearing looking into the agency's malfeasance regarding conservative non-profit groups. Jordan focused his questioning to when IRS comissioner John Koskinen knew about the loss of critical emails from former official Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified that he discovered a computer hard drive crash lost the Lerner emails in April but did not report this publicly until presenting Congress with a report earlier this month. Watch the exchange below:
  • Expect More Fireworks At Tonight's Prime-time Oversight Hearing on IRS Obstruction

    06/23/2014 3:38:01 PM PDT · by kingattax · 85 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-23-14 | by DEBRA HEINE
    Tonight at 7:00 Eastern the House Oversight Committee will have their shot at getting answers from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on the destruction of two years of key IRS emails at a hearing entitled, “IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails.” I expect even more fireworks tonight than there was at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Friday, given the latest developments on the IRS scandal that came to light over the weekend. On Friday afternoon, it was discovered that the IRS used email back-up company, Sonasoft, a small Silicon Valley company with connections to Obama. The Daily Caller...
  • How are Obama and the IRS getting away with a blatant coverup?

    06/21/2014 9:40:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 74 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 21, 2014 | By Kyle Smith
    A picture is worth a thousand words: This is pretty much how Lois Lerner has conducted herself throughout the investigation of the IRS scandal. Photo: Post composite graphic
  • Here is why Lois Lerner losing 2 years worth of email smells fishy!

    06/21/2014 1:12:43 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 43 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | 06/21/14 | Bluegrass Pundit
    We have been told Lois Lerner lost 2 years worth of emails due to a crash of her hard drive. We were told the disc had bad sectors and the data could not be recovered.  According to documents provided by the IRS, Lerner was archiving her e-mails on her local hard drive, which developed fatal problems (bad sectors) in the middle of June 2011. The data proved unrecoverable despite heroic efforts on the part of the IT staff.  Let's delve into this a little deeper. Exactly what is a hard disc sector? In computer disk storage, a sector is a subdivision of...
  • Did The IRS Lie To Senators?

    06/21/2014 11:44:00 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 32 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 06/20/14 | Bob Parks
    Only one problem: the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo August 24, 2012 reminding federal employees that President Obama signed a directive on November 18, 2011 that offered specific guidelines as to the handling of records (see memo page 3 below).
  • The IRS Had a Contract With an Email Backup Company

    06/21/2014 2:21:02 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 217 replies
    reason.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | By Peter Suderman
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said it can't provide emails sent between 2009 and 2011 that were requested by congressional investigators because of hard drive crashes. The agency said that emails stored on dead drives were lost forever because its email backup tapes were recycled every six months, and employees were responsible for keeping their own long-term archives. The IRS had a contract with email backup service vendor Sonasoft starting in 2005, according to FedSpending.org, which lists the contract as being for "automatic data processing services." Sonasoft's motto is "email archiving done right," and the company lists the IRS as...
  • Dem Congressman (Blumenauer, Idiot-OR) Blames Government Shutdown For Lost IRS Emails

    06/20/2014 5:01:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) says it is condescending for Republicans to expect the IRS to answer questions about Lois Lerner's harddrive and emails after they "systematically assaulted" the government agency's capacity to function.
  • White House Calls Irs Investigation A 'Conspiracy Theory'

    06/20/2014 3:13:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 68 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 20 Jun 2014
    Friday at the daily briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly dismissed concerns over Internal Revenue Service claims that two years of Lois Lerner's emails are lost forever as "conspiracy theories." "Turns out that there have been 13 months of multiple congressional investigations, including 14 congressional hearings, 30 interviews with IRS employees, 50 written congressional requests, and 750,000 pages of documents, and all of that has done nothing to substantiate false Republican claims of a broader political conspiracy," Earnest said.