After months of denial and claims of not being able to provide the emails of top official Lois Lerner during a critical period of time from 2009 to 2011, an Inspector General of the Treasury Department for the Tax Administration discovered up to 30,000 of Lerner’s emails in forgotten disaster recovery tapes. It was not the IRS that provided this vital information.http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2014/11/22/lost-lois-lerner-emails-found-despite-no-backup-claims-irs-has-no-comment/
These discovered files may mean nothing, but the information recorded on about 744 disaster recover tapes may prove crucial. The government’s procedure of creating redundancy may provide evidence that targeted religious organizations, conservative groups, and legal teams as the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) of Jay Sekelow have been searching.
At first claims were denied by the IRS that there was no targeting of religious organizations or conservative groups by the IRS which would have benefited the Obama Administration before the 2012 election. That did not work.
Secondly after evidence proved there was targeting, the idea was spun that the intimidating practice of targeting religious and conservative groups was done by rouge IRS employees in the Cincinnati office. That did not work.
Next claims were made that the confusing tax laws were responsible for the inadvertent targeting of religious and conservative groups. That did not work since there was a consistent effort to target religious organizations as the Billy Graham Foundation for tax auditing after advertising and support for traditional marriage was published in national newspapers. The timing of the audits suggested otherwise.
Central IRS official Lois Lerner was subpoenaed by Congress to testify regarding the policy the IRS demonstrated in targeting right leaning groups for tax audits and slow approvals of tax exempt status for religious and conservative applications. Lerner refused to testify and was found to be in contempt of Congress. Later she claimed, “I did nothing wrong.” She later resigned from her position.
Meanwhile during the investigation, Congress and the courts demanded that the emails from the crucial period of time from 2009 to 2011 be presented. The IRS and White House claimed that all of the emails requested were missing and could not be provide because the computers “crashed”. “It happens” was the explanation.
An order was given by Congress and the courts to provide the backup files of the Lerner emails. The excuse was then given that all of the pertinent emails on the back up files were “destroyed” and the hard drives “recycled”. The incredible coincidence that impacted a certain circle of computers of the IRS was improbable, however it still could not be proved.
Missing Lerner’s E-mails Accidently Discovered
It was not the IRS that made this shocking discovery, but the Treasury Department where the practice of producing backup disaster files in the case of a national disaster was apparently overlooked. Among the 744 disaster tapes that were manufactured, Lerner’s missing 30,000 emails are also included. It was a stunning revelation that everyone forgot about after repeated claims by the IRS and White House that the emails were completely gone.
The emails may prove to be evidence of perjury, obstruction of justice, and a plethora of other illegal activity should the targeting of the political opposition be substantiated by an arm of the federal government in these newly discovered emails.