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IRS Obstruction of Justice

Posted on | June 18, 2014 | 16 Comments

Could it possibly be more obvious?

Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) revealed that the Committee’s early work into “lost” IRS emails show the problem is much bigger than the IRS initially admitted to.
In addition to Lois Lerner’s emails, the IRS cannot produce records from six other IRS employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups. One of those figures is Nikole Flax, who served as Chief of Staff to Steve Miller, who at the time of the targeting was Deputy Commissioner and would later serve as Acting Commissioner of the IRS – a position from which he was fired for his role in the targeting of conservative groups. The timeframe for which Ms. Flax’s communications are purportedly unrecoverable covers when the Washington, DC office wrote and directed the Cincinnati field office to send abusive questionnaires, including inappropriate demands for donor information, to conservative groups.
Camp and Boustany also uncovered that the IRS has been keeping secret for months the fact that the Agency lost these critical records. Ways and Means investigators have confirmed that the Agency first knew of the destroyed emails as early as February 2014 – nearly three months prior to newly installed Commissioner John Koskinen telling the Committee the IRS would produce all of Lois Lerner’s emails. . . .
“Even when the IRS does admit something, they are not fully honest with us. Despite their attempt to bury the missing Lerner emails on page 15 of a 27 page letter that arrived late Friday, we now know documents from other central figures, like Nikole Flax, are missing. The fact that Ms. Flax was a frequent visitor to the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building only raises more questions. Who was she visiting at the White House and what were they talking about? Was she updating the White House on the targeting or was she getting orders? . . .”

(Via Memeorandum.)

 

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  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Remember Bill Clinton waiving his finger…Barack Obama saying “not a smidgen” of corruption to Bill O’Reilly. But the Republicans need to play this smart, over playing Bill’s BJ (and not framing the issue correctly) resulted in Clinton getting off (so to speak). The IRS issue is far more serious to the nation than a dog of a president cheating on Hillary in the Oval Office (even if he did later lie under oath).

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  • PapayaSF

    The House needs to start subpoenaing other people’s email records: Flax, the Democratic senators who were urging the IRS to harass the Tea Party, and everybody else connected with Lerner.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I agree. Systematically show them to be a bunch of liars and cheats. The public was forgiving to Clinton because…well he was married to Hillary. But this one is different.

  • Mike G.

    I wonder how it would fly if several million taxpayers told the IRS that they lost their W-2′s/1099′s and all their receipts?

  • Kirby McCain

    To say the emails were lost implies something inadvertent. This appears to be systematic and that implies conspiracy. And all of this from the most transparent administration in history.

  • http://proteinwisdom.com darleenclick

    Hubby is IT and he has configured many a server/mail server/backup systems. He says it *may* be possible – if there was a systemic failure including any backup array (cuz your email lives on the server NOT on your harddrive in almost all business/government institutions) But with each passing day and new revelation, he says it is near damned implausible that this happened.

    When you hear hoof beats, you don’t think “zebras”.

  • johnnycab23513

    Cummings was e-mailing Lerner. Check his hard drive.

  • https://twitter.com/Mthomps016 M. Thompson

    That last phrase is a sick joke.

  • TiminAL

    “…..resulted in Clinton getting off…..” ISWYDT :)

  • TiminAL

    I’m shocked, I tell you, SHOCKED!! This is my shocked face:
    *__*

  • Funeral guy

    If this scandal goes unpunished it will have serious repercussions for the character of the country. Thanks to the Low Information Voter and the vapidness of our celebrity obsessed, government educated fellow citizens a certainty takes hold that the government is corrupt, the game is rigged so why not lie to get that disability check? Those of us who believe in liberty and the fulfillment that comes from living a life of honesty and good character will be looked upon as suckers. How long before we all succumb to the cynicism and start paying bribes and gaming the system since it will then be the only way to survive in an ever-growing dystopia that follows any country that becomes a Banana Republic? The cause of this is not Barack Obama. He’s just the natural by-product of the destructive philosophy of Leftism. He told us he would fundamentally transform the country. We should have believed him and strangled his evil intentions in the crib.

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  • Escher’s House

    So, six different employees had their hard drives crash. Did they also store the old emails on their C: drives? Were the emails also unrecoverable? Were they also stored on back-up tapes that were erased and later reused? Were they also stored to a server for only six months? Where are the work tickets for these crashes? Were the lost emails for the same period as Lerner’s? Did these employees and officials also fail to keep hard copies?

  • jenny2

    To hell with impeachment. Obstruction of Justice and RICO against the entire administration.