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IRS Scandal Update – “Who is on First?” A Circus Now

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Editor’s Note – IRS Scandal Update -Lost Emails. The story just keeps on changing, evolving, growing, and metastasizing. There are so many moving parts in this soap opera of obvious criminality, its hard to keep track with a daily scorecard.

Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third…

Now we hear that maybe Lois Lerner’s emails can be recovered, or at least some of them. Even Abbott and Costello would be confused on this one. Which is it? Well it certainly looks like a delay tactic, followed by obfuscation, then… the stink on this pig rivals the worst smell known. Is it complete ineptitude, criminality, overt evidence tampering? Who knows, wait, no, Who is on first, correct!

It is obvious to clear thinking Americans that they are trying to run out the clock, stretching the case into oblivion, hoping all will be forgotten. But just when it started to stink, it now resembles a circus of buffoonery. Now we find out that the IRS started actively seeking contractors to help them destroy old equipment and electronic storage devices.

Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight.

Congressional investigators of the IRS targeting of conservative groups have been hampered by the unexplained destruction of emails and other records of Ms. Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division and a central figure in the scandal. The loss of Ms. Lerner’s hard drive also raised broader questions about why the tax agency never reported the missing records to the National Archives and Records Administration, as required by the Federal Records Act. (Read the rest at the Washington Times.)

If you pitched this story as a novel to a book publisher, they would have laughed you out of the room. You could not write this, but reality is stranger than fiction. Meanwhile, the Democrats have tried everything to derail this scandal – ask the “Circus Ring Leader” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-ND.

IRS official says Lois Lerner’s missing emails may not be lost

By Stephanie Condon – CBS News

The IRS may be able to recover a collection of missing emails that, Republicans have suggested, could shed light on the motivations behind the agency’s past misconduct.

The IRS said last month that it cannot produce emails from Lois Lerner — the former IRS official at the heart of the controversy — from 2009 through April 2011 because of a computer crash that Lerner suffered in 2011. However, Thomas Kane, deputy associate chief counsel at the agency, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week that some of those emails could still be on backup tapes.

“There is an issue as to whether or not there is a – that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the six-month retention schedule,” he said, according to the committee.

The IRS has already spent nearly $10 million producing documents for congressional investigators, including just about every email to and from Lerner that it still has — 67,000 in all. Still, Republicans have been highly critical of the IRS for failing to produce all of Lerner’s communications. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said it suggests that there may have been“nefarious conduct that went much higher than Lois Lerner.”

Last week, the Justice Department said it is also investigating the missing Lerner emails. Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered the IRS to explain under oath how the emails were lost.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are complaining that the congressional body has spent too much time on the scandal at the expense of its other oversight duties. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the top Democrat on the committee, sente a letter this week to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., complaining about Issa’s plan to hold the third hearing within the past month with IRS commissioner John Koskinen.

“This public harassment of an agency head is not only an abuse of authority, but a dereliction of the Committee’s obligation to conduct responsible oversight on a host of other critical issues within our jurisdiction,” Cummings wrote.

While holding more hearings on the IRS scandal, Cummings complained that Issa has ignored requests to hold hearings on issues such as illegal foreclosure abuses, the national backlog of DNA rape evidence samples that have not been tested, and the Target security breach.

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