Does anybody see a similarity between the IRS administrator Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton? Isn’t it odd that both are constantly embroiled in controversy that requires congressional testimony, and both have hard drives on their computers that just happen to be destroyed? That is just a wild and crazy phenomenon. It seems almost supernatural! But—evidence never really goes away, even when hard drives are destroyed when it comes to email. Welcome to the 21st century. Here’s how MSN reported a very interesting story concerning Lerner.
An inspector general investigating the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups has found thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of that controversy, according to committees involved in the probe.
Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) said it found roughly 6,400 emails either to or from Lerner from between 2004 and 2013 that it didn’t think the IRS had turned over to lawmakers, the congressional committees said. The committees have yet to examine the emails, aides on Capitol Hill said.
The IRS said last year that Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, leaving it unable to reproduce an untold number of her emails over the prior two years.
Of the emails the inspector general found, around 650 were from 2010 and 2011, while most were from 2012. The inspector general found about 35,000 emails in all as it sought to recover emails from recycled back-up tapes.
Aides said there would likely be some duplicates among the emails that would have been turned over to Congress in previous document productions.
The IRS’s admission that it couldn’t find Lerner’s emails gave a spark to congressional investigations into the IRS, which apologized in May 2013 for singling out Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status. At the time, the agency said it had routinely recycled tapes backing up emails before the controversy broke in 2013.
Lerner, who headed up an IRS division overseeing tax-exempt groups, was quickly placed on leave and eventually retired from the agency in September 2013. The House voted to hold her in contempt of Congress last year, but the U.S. attorney in Washington declined to move forward with those charges.
In a statement, the IRS said it was glad to hear that the inspector general found the new Lerner emails, calling it “an encouraging development that will help resolve remaining questions and dispel uncertainty surrounding the emails.”
Eventually, Lerner is going to get caught whether it is in these emails, or some method not yet discovered. Clearly she intended to destroy evidence with the IRS as an organization backing her up. And that dictates that somebody, or many somebody’s, are punished for the obstruction of justice. If she were innocent, she wouldn’t have taken the Fifth and would have let the evidence speak as testimony. Guilty people avoid talking and destroy evidence. Guilty people have a reason to engage in cover-ups.
Likely the real answer is that the culture of the government employee breeds this type of corruption by its very nature. It is the preferred MO of the government scam artist—and Hillary is certainly one of those types—and so was Lerner. The guilt is obvious. The question is, when the evidence is finally stuck to their foreheads, like it will be—what will we do with it? Turn away, or inflict penalty—as it deserves. That is a question that remains to be seen. As quickly as the evidence is being uncovered, that time will come soon enough.