Phony Scandal: IRS Ordered Lois Lerner’s Blackberry Destroyed
Nothing to see here, folks. The IRS scandal is completely phony and the weaponization of the most powerful government agency against the very citizens who fund it is all in your head.
IRS ordered Lerner’s blackberry destroyed after her computer crashed
The New York Observer reports that, according to an IRS court filing, the IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry after it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. An IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury that the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s hard drive.
Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and the IRS destroyed it. A year later, the IRS also destroyed her Blackberry without making any effort to retain the emails it contained. By then, Congress had commenced its investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.
Amy Miller of Legal Insurrection has more…
IRS: Oh, those Lois Lerner emails, yeah they’re backed up
Judicial Watch revealed today that Lois Lerner’s fabled “missing e-mails” may still exist on a government backup system.
Via Judicial Watch:
Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.
We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan.
I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for all of this.