Running out the clock

Do controversial IRS e-mails exist? Government answers with delay tactics

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It’s a fairly simple question the federal government is unable to answer: Do Lois Lerner’s emails exist?

For months the Internal Revenue Service asserted that the disgraced former employee’s emails were irrevocably lost in a computer crash. Now the Obama administration says the data actually does exist on a special, emergency backup server.

It just doesn’t plan to retrieve them.

That’s according to the president of Judicial Watch, the organization suing the IRS for public records relating to the massive scandal involving conservative organizations targeted for harassment by Lerner and other IRS minions in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential elections.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton last week said Department of Justice lawyers told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan the backup system containing the emails “would be too onerous to search.”

“Everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing emails of Lois Lerner, other IRS officials, other officials in the Obama administration, it’s all been a pack of malarkey,” Fitton told Fox News. “They could get these records, but they don’t want to.”

However, The Hill reported that “an administration official” with knowledge of the conversation said Judicial Watch was “mischaracterizing what the government had said.” Its source said the lawyers were referring only to the previously disclosed backup system in which Lerner’s emails were destroyed as part of a twice-a-year recycling.

So which is it? Do the emails exist or not? There’s been no definitive answer, and the mainstream media still apparently have no interest in ferreting out the truth in the most repugnant political scandal in generations.

And if the emails do exist, they still haven’t been turned over. For an agency without, in President Obama’s words, “a smidgen of corruption,” it’s running a defensive line that would make a pro football coach proud – block, delay forward movement and hope the clock runs out.

Something the administration can’t easily spin away is the recent acknowledgement by a senior IRS lawyer that Lerner’s BlackBerry – which also held email evidence – was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into the targeting scandal involving Tea Party groups that applied for tax-exempt status.

IRS Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel Thomas Kane wrote in a sworn declaration, part of the Judicial Watch lawsuit, that Lerner’s mobile device was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”

By that time, Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

According to the federal court filing, “there is no record of any attempt by any IRS IT employee to recover data from any BlackBerry device assigned to Lois Lerner” according to an IRS technology official.

Funny how the IRS is never this wishy-washy and careless when it comes to collecting your taxes. More corruption masquerading as incompetence.

Block. Delay. Run out the clock.

It’s neither amazing nor surprising why an independent special counsel has not yet been appointed to handle this probe. The White House, which may very well be linked to Lerner through the missing/found/not-going-to-be-retrieved emails, has every reason to stymie this probe with lawyerly tactics as long as possible.

Why else would DOJ attorney Andrew Strelka, who used to work for Lerner’s former Exempt Organizations Division at the IRS, be on the case? Strelka himself was involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to emails from 2010. And until recently, he represented the IRS in civil litigation relating to the targeting.

Why else would the Justice Department refuse to remove Civil Rights Division attorney Barbara Bosserman from the case after repeated conflict-of-interest complaints regarding her sizable donations to Obama’s election campaigns and the Democratic National Committee?

It sounds like the attorneys “investigating” the IRS are those who would be the most skilled and motivated to obfuscate evidence of the crime and its massive cover-up.

Block. Delay. Run out the clock.

The Obama administration is living on borrowed time, and the American people can take comfort in knowing that the truth eventually could be dragged kicking and screaming into the light through the civil case before Judge Sullivan.

In the meantime, sadly, the only thing Americans can count on from the Obama administration is more deceit.

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carcraft
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carcraft 09/02/14 - 03:55 am
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Great editorial and spot on.

Great editorial and spot on. This is the most corrupt administration I have ever witnessed. At least the rest of the World now demonstrates they understand Obama even if the American press doesn't!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 09/02/14 - 05:10 am
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Obama is much less honest than Nixon

and much less competent than Carter
but on the second Tuesday in November, 2016,
after a Republican President and Congress begin the real investigation
"Oh, uh, [the audacity of transparency begins, and he] will receive total consciousness."
So [he's] got that goin' for [him], which is nice."

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Angela H 09/02/14 - 06:10 am
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Gunga galunga.

Gunga galunga.

deestafford
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deestafford 09/02/14 - 07:29 am
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I know this is a ridiculous question, but....

I know this is a ridiculous question, but it is possible that we could move some of those 40 FBI agents the Justice Department deployed along with all of the Department's resources to Furgerson to investigate this IRS "situation"?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/14 - 07:44 am
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As Harry Reid would say " A

As Harry Reid would say " A culture of corruption". Course that is what they said about Bush and now Obama is doing it too they will just bring up the moral relativism argument-because Bush was corrupt Obama can be too.

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Bodhisattva 09/02/14 - 07:58 am
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Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch

A far right group funded almost exclusively by the Scaife foundations, the same group that dumped millions into the Clinton bashing in the 1990's. Fitton, the same guy who claimed all of the IRS info was backed up by Sonasoft and just not being released. To which Sonasoft replied in a press release:

June 24, 2014 – San Jose, California, "Sonasoft Corp., a leader in enterprise-class email archiving and eDiscovery tools, clarifies its role with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Sonasoft’s email archiving services. Sonasoft does NOT have IRS email. Sonasoft NEVER had access to IRS email."

“We have a strong presence with the public sector as part of our customer base, which at one time included as a customer the IRS Counsel Division. Sonasoft has earned a strong clientele with, among others, school districts, counties and city governments, which appreciate our affordable email archiving solutions that outperform their expectations.” Andy Khanna, President and CEO of Sonasoft.

Judicial Watch is a right wing extremist organization that had been headed by nutjob Larry Klayman (who sued his own mother) and now Fitton. They file nuisance lawsuit after nuisance lawsuit against anyone they have a grudge against and have been banned from several courtrooms due to their lack of decorum, their plain out disruptive behavior, and they're practice of not relying on evidence but simply constant badgering of witnesses. Hitmen for the billionaires of the far looney right. Of course the Chronicle relies of them as a reliable source.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/14 - 08:40 am
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Nuisance lawsuits-lets go

Nuisance lawsuits-lets go through all the left wing extremist environmental groups that bring up lawsuits. Please that is an equal opportunity occurrence of left and right wing extremist. The far looney right and the rabid dog left are destroying this country.

Angela H
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Angela H 09/02/14 - 08:43 am
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"Judicial Watch is a right

"Judicial Watch is a right wing extremist organization that had been headed by nutjob Larry Klayman (who sued his own mother) and now Fitton. "

So Bod...since you can't refute a single thing they have brought up against the IRS, you call them names. Why am I not surprised?

cush1944
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cush1944 09/02/14 - 08:43 am
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I have signed in so why do I

I have signed in so why do I have to take the stupid survey!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/14 - 08:43 am
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Press reaction to the scandal

Press reaction to the scandal was intense.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said: “There is a reasonable fear by all of us, by any of us, that the kind of power the IRS has could be misused,” she further said that this scrutiny of Tea Party groups was “not fair.” [118]
Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart stated that the scandal had taken “the last arrow in your pro-governance quiver,” he further said that this threw doubt on President Obama’s “managerial competence” and had proven correct “conspiracy theorists,” moving the burden of proof onto federal authorities. [119]
ABC News' Terry Moran wrote that this was: “A truly Nixonian abuse of power by the Obama administration,”. [120]
NBC's Tom Brokaw stated: “It’s time for action,”.
NBC’s White House correspondent Chuck Todd: “It didn’t seem like they had a sense of urgency about it, a real sense of outrage,” and further; “This is outrageous no matter what political party you are.” [121]
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said: “This is tyranny,” and talked of “unspeakable” abuses by the IRS. "This time it’s real.” [122]
A poll released by Quinnipiac University on May 30 revealed that 76% of registered voters — including 63% of Democrats — favored the appointment of a special prosecutor to independently investigate the allegations of wrongdoing. Pollster Peter A. Brown said there was "overwhelming bipartisan support" for such an investigation.[123]

hoptoad
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hoptoad 09/02/14 - 08:50 am
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No matter what previous

No matter what previous presidents have done, good or bad, no president has done so much damage to so many people, to such a degree to our economy, our growth and financial health as this man has done.

Every time anyone says the least little derogatory thing about this man, the leftists will counter with "well, so and so did this or that"? Does whatever a previous president did make the criminal and unconstitutional acts this sorry excuse for a president is doing acceptable? I think not!

I don't, and probably most of the U.S. citizens don't care what past presidents did. They are keenly aware of what this sorry excuse for a president is doing to them and their country RIGHT NOW.

Who in Hades cares what "right-wing nuts" exist" compared to how many "left-wing nuts" exist? Who cares how much money either political party spent 10 years ago dissing the other? Show me how bringing up the past will change the destruction this man is doing. Bringing up the past isn't helping the future!

It's like the left in this country are willing to sit back and watch it circle the bowl just because a conservative president did something they didn't like.

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RMSHEFF 09/02/14 - 08:50 am
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The DOJ and the IRS are

The DOJ and the IRS are partners in crime. What a dangerous combination for our republic. This is the most corrupt DOJ in my lifetime.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 09/02/14 - 08:52 am
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As usual, Bod tries to change

As usual, Bod tries to change to subject.

cush1944
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cush1944 09/02/14 - 08:56 am
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"This is the most corrupt DOJ

"This is the most corrupt DOJ in my lifetime."
RMSHEFF, this is the most corrupt administration in my life. Valerie Jarrett is leader the pack.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/02/14 - 09:06 am
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Not a smidgen--huh

Though the word "smidgen" is often used to describe anything that is very small, in formal use, a smidgen is equal to one-32nd of a teaspoon. Likewise, two smidgens are about equal to a pinch. The word "smidgen" is thought to originate from an old Irish or Scots Gaelic word, smidean, which means a very small bit.
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Said with a straight face too...to Bill O'Reilly (of all people)

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/14 - 09:14 am
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Well even the leftist rich

Well even the leftist rich millionaire-ess Rachel Maddow thinks the IRS scandal wasn't fair.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/02/14 - 09:21 am
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Ok Bizkit , after the

Ok Bizkit , after the initial "media outrage". Where is the follow up? The Judge hearing the Judicial watch case isn't amused, from my understanding, by the IRS's shenanigans . The IRS has violated Several federal laws and regulations. Despite Bod's protestations and even if Judicial Watch were a NAZI group the courts have granted them standing and the IRS is getting thumped.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/14 - 10:53 am
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Absolutely it is a fact with

Absolutely it is a fact with impunity the IRS broke federal laws but without a DOJ willing to investigate, cover up, etc. nothing is happening-the fox is watching the hen house. Yep outrage and then nothing because Dems are so rabid they would allow murder as being justified to their ends.

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dichotomy 09/02/14 - 12:19 pm
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As far as I am concerned the

As far as I am concerned the IRS, the DOJ, and the EPA are all three rogue, terrorist organizations and should be treated as such. Those organizations as a whole AND their employees use threats and intimidation against citizens for political purposes and they think they are above the law. They are all powerful, they invent laws on a whim with the stroke of a pen, they answer to nobody, and even Congress is afraid of them. They are, in fact, out of control terrorists with the power to destroy any company, organization, or individual.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/14 - 12:35 pm
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Speaking of terrorist whose

Speaking of terrorist whose side is Obama on? I just noted that while Obama was declaring ISIS the JV he had been getting reports for a year just to the contrary of what a threat they are and more in line with what the UK is stating with hundreds of citizens having joined ISIL and now may return to terrorize the UK and also possibly US. Thus he has been caught in another lie, but this one could have dire consequences for US. If we get attacked on the mainland by ISIS I would hope all would agree the president is too inept to be president.

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jimmymac 09/02/14 - 02:00 pm
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OBAMA
Unpublished

If the juvi ISIS group is ever successful in attacking the US Obama should be impeached for dereliction of duty. He's sat idly by while ISIS has repeatedly stated they'd see us in NYC. Obama has equivocated from the very beginning in dealing with any Muslim extremist threats. It really does make you wonder what side he's on.

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hoptoad 09/02/14 - 02:24 pm
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Dichotomy, I agree these

Dichotomy, I agree these three organizations are definitely rogues, dangerous, and completely illegal.

But after seeing so many interviews of our young people, college students, and die-hard liberals, I am not hopeful that we will see a change. They are so far out of the mainstream, they have no idea what is happening right under their noses.

Congress seems helpless. To their defense, they have little or no power to do much of anything. Even the Republicans in the Senate seem to have shut their eyes and ears. And the Republicans get little to no air time on the MSM.

I'll say it again, though it's been said many times before, thanks to all the conservatives who found lame excuses not to vote for Romney.

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cush1944 09/02/14 - 04:40 pm
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"I'll say it again, though

"I'll say it again, though it's been said many times before, thanks to all the conservatives who found lame excuses not to vote for Romney."
Hoptoad, I agree 100%. Romney might not be as conservative as we would like but he is not a lying, racist communist.

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corgimom 09/02/14 - 08:59 pm
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What dichotomy said! Those

What dichotomy said!

Those IRA agents are assigned quotas, and get bonuses if they collect more taxes than their quota. So it is in their best interest to slam taxpayers, to intimidate them to pay taxes that they don't owe.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/14 - 09:00 pm
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Romney lost the election when

Romney lost the election when he said he wouldn't raise taxes on the rich.

What a dumb, dumb, dumb thing to say, what did he think would happen?

cush1944
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cush1944 09/02/14 - 09:10 pm
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" Romney lost the election

" Romney lost the election when he said he wouldn't raise taxes on the rich."
corgimom, once again you don't have a clue. Romney lost the election because conservatives did not vote. The community organizer got a lot less votes in 12 than in 08.

KSL
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KSL 09/02/14 - 09:29 pm
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55% of estate tax is flat

55% of estate tax is flat criminal.

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myfather15 09/02/14 - 09:52 pm
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"It’s a fairly simple

"It’s a fairly simple question the federal government is unable to answer: Do Lois Lerner’s emails exist?"

It seems the leaders of the left, AND those that lean left; have a serious problem answering the most simplistic of questions. Especially when it comes to backing up their OWN claims or actions!!

I guess those sheep of the left wingers; got it honestly!!

myfather15
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myfather15 09/02/14 - 09:55 pm
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Maybe if we WOULD, lower

Maybe if we WOULD, lower taxes on the rich; but actually make them pay them(stop the loopholes), we wouldn't be losing so many jobs and businesses over seas!! Just like Burger King trying to switch their base to Canada to lower their taxes from 40% to 26%!!

Maybe we should simplify the tax code; but that wouldn't help politicians keeps people in confusion!! Politicians need people confused, so they can retain power!!

myfather15
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myfather15 09/02/14 - 10:11 pm
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cush1944

"I have signed in so why do I have to take the stupid survey!!"

I'm having the same issue!! I AM signed into press plus; but I'm still getting the surveys one right after another!! I have to answer like 4 or 5 before I get access to the article!! Something needs to be done!!

I also just click on anything, not answering with actual truth!! I don't WANT to help these people with their surveys!! I make it a point to NOT use companies who do pop ups, surveys or anything annoying!!

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