New Reports Show Lois Lerner’s Emails Weren’t Just Erased…

Since the IRS asserted a hard drive crash led to the disappearance of countless emails relevant to the ongoing investigation into misbehavior by the agency, many critics contend there must be some way to retrieve that information. According to a number of recent reports, however, the IRS apparently went a step further in making sure that data remains hidden in perpetuity.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said legislators have “been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away.”

This revelation came on the heels of an attempt by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to secure a hard drive expert’s hand in retrieving the emails.

In light of this new information, it seems unlikely that there will be any opportunity to even access the hard drive. This news is likely to stoke even more suspicion that the agency purposely tried to keep damaging communications between former official Lois Lerner and other administration sources from congressional investigators.

As for the agency, however, a spokesperson confirmed to Politico that “standard IRS protocol was followed in 2011 for disposing of the broken hard drive.”

Either way, Issa and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp must rely on the word of administration officials in determining which agencies were involved in the effort to unfairly scrutinize conservative groups ahead of the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. A White House statement this week, for example, claimed there was no communication with Lerner during the crucial two-year period affected by the data loss.

Issa responded to the latest news with a blistering statement rebuking the IRS for destroying evidence vital to his investigation.

If the IRS truly got rid of evidence in a way that violated the Federal Records Act and ensured the FBI never got a crack at recovering files from an official claiming a Fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination, this is proof their whole line about “losing” e-mails in the targeting scandal was just one more attempted deception. Old and useless binders of information are still stored and maintained on federal agency shelves; official records, like the e-mails of a prominent official, don’t just disappear without a trace unless that was the intention.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

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  1. Somewhere in the vast computer maze that is Washington there must be secure storage of everything somewhere….. Take every Computer in every office in the Executive Branch, the AG office and the IRS and lock them up in secure storage…. Then hire a team to go through them and find the evidence… and then execute all of those people involved in the conspiracy as soon as they are convicted….
    This is how you clean up government…..
    In the meantime get the impeachment of Obama underway…..

  2. Nobody pay taxes next year.

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    You know president Sambo is behind this because these emails would lead up to him.I think Pignose Lerner should be water boarded along with a few others then we'd find out the truth.

  4. Frankie1429 says:

    Why not do a "Reid" on them. Remember when he said he was told that Romney didn't pay his taxes. Then it was up to Romney to prove that Reid was wrong. "Lerner was instructed by Obama personally to go after conservative groups. " Now show me the proof that I'm wrong.

  5. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    So the IRS trace log steps include:
    1) Don’t make any backups.
    2) If HDD has damaging evidence, then do a secure reformat of 1s and 0s, then dispose of with hammer.
    3) Erase all emails from email server after 6 months.
    If this was done at any company, the person who wrote the trace log procedure should be shot. The entire IT department should go to jail. Whatever IP that handles the email server should go to jail.
    The NSA will have this data but obama/holder have already told them to not cooperate. The IRS JUST ABOLISHED THE FOIA! The IRS is too corrupt to continue as is. To regain trust in who we send our money to, it must be abolished and replaced with a fair/flat tax, otherwise from now on just say that you taxes were lost in the mail and there is nothing you can do about it, because you use the sam trace log procedure the IRS uses. Americans are fed up with lawless obama and his make-believe top lawman, holder. Get rid of them by any means.

  6. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    The theory of spoliation of evidence refers to an intentional destruction of evidence for purpose of depriving opposing parties of its use. Those who intentionally destroy evidence to deliberately hinder that system should be subject to liability. The recognition that intentional spoliation is a condemnable act that destroys fairness and increases litigation costs is immediately followed by an explicit condemnation of the creation of a separate tort to deter and punish such behavior. Any intentional act that is taken to frustrate the legal process and that results in unnecessary increased costs, incomplete discovery, and speculative verdicts should be especially targeted for deterrence and sanctions via a cognizable cause of action. obama doesn’t believe that laws are meant to establish a minimum level of decency by which all citizens must abide. When our courts fail to recognize, or even consider, the deterrence and punishment of intentional spoliation, our courts fail to uphold the level of decency that the legal system should serve to establish and maintain. They got rid of Trapper John because everyone else on that show was a liberal hack. Americans are fed up with lawless obama and his make-believe top lawman, holder. Impeach them both and we can finally start healing America by the end of November. Its too bad this anti-American sand monkey-in-chief has ruined it for honorable Americans like Allen, Ben, and Herman. Nobody will ever trust another one again.

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