Just as the Hillary Clinton Emailgate scandal continues to unfold in a devastating drip-drip-drip pattern, now it appears that the Lois Lerner investigation has taken another dramatic turn in a long series of damaging revelations. The ongoing Lerner drip-drip-drip has to do with IRS targeting and intimidation of Tea Party and other conservative and patriot groups.
The Washington Times reports that, just as Hillary used a private email account for conducting official business when she was secretary of state, Lerner — the former IRS official at the center of the targeting scandal — used not one, but two personal email accounts in her official capacity as director of the Exempt Organizations unit at the Internal Revenue Service.
Lawyers for the IRS just admitted in a court filing that the tax agency has found a second non-official Lerner email account that appears to contain records relevant to a lawsuit filed by a government watchdog.
Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal.
The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting.
The second personal email account that likely contains relevant communications to or from Lois Lerner has been identified as belonging to “Toby Miles.” While it is unclear as to why that particular name was given to Lerner’s heretofore undisclosed account, Fox News notes that Lerner’s husband has a similar name.
…Lerner’s husband is Michael Miles and reportedly may have been linked to the account. The IRS, though, concluded it was a personal account used by Lerner.
The IRS targeting scandal, which has been investigated for years by Congress, has continued to simmer largely because of the slow pace at which the tax agency has released information on Lerner and the behind-the-scenes activities involved in holding up the grant of tax-exempt status to a number of right-leaning groups.
As Western Journalism reported a few weeks ago, an angry federal judge has threatened to lower the boom on the IRS and its boss, John Koskinen, for stalling the release of relevant documents and discoveries. Judge Emmet Sullivan expressed his frustration with the tax agency in declaring that he may well take punitive action against the Obama administration for not complying with his order to provide to the court IRS documents that Koskinen and others have adamantly claimed were missing, inaccessible, or destroyed.
In addition, Rep. Jason Chafftez, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has said that he will possibly pursue contempt charges against IRS Commissioner Koskinen. The Republican lawmaker also threatened to mount an effort to remove the IRS chief from office through impeachment if President Obama didn’t fire him.
Obama has, of course, stood by his man at the Internal Revenue Service.
What do you think? Will the IRS and Lois Lerner ever be held accountable for their actions?
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