Against the Backdrop of two court rulings declaring the IRS must present specific legal outlines to support their position(s) –missing or corrupted IRS emails– things get interesting. The legal clock is ticking down to court mandated affidavit deadlines.
As previously shared “The Absolute Truth” takes on a new dimension when officials must swear under oath, in federal court, and under penalty of perjury.
Stay tuned in to this story – eventually you will be describing it to your grandchildren.
From our research it appears to be the BIGGEST STORY in the history of U.S. political corruption and conspiracy. We have followed the trail, connected the dots so far, pored over thousands of documents, hours of testimony and dozens of interviews. The entire trail leads not to the IRS, but to the DOJ. The IRS was the weapon; Lois Lerner was the “trigger”; But Eric Holder was the entity holding, targeting and aiming.
Washington, DC – Despite early refusals to make available IT professionals who worked on Lois Lerner’s computer, Ways and Means Committee investigators have now learned from interviews that the hard drive of former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner was “scratched,” but data was recoverable.
In fact, in-house professionals at the IRS recommended the Agency seek outside assistance in recovering the data. That information conflicts with a July 18, 2014 court filing by the Agency, which stated the data on the hard drive was unrecoverable – including multiple years’ worth of missing emails.
“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI). “The Committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical drive was recycled and potentially shredded. To now learn that the hard drive was only scratched, yet the IRS refused to utilize outside experts to recover the data, raises more questions about potential criminal wrong doing at the IRS.”
It is also unknown whether the scratch was accidental or deliberate, but former federal law enforcement and Department of Defense forensic experts consulted by the Committee say that most of the data on a scratched drive, such as Lerner’s, should have been recoverable. However, in a declaration filed last Friday by the IRS, the agency said it tried but failed to recover the data, but is not sure what happened to the hard drive afterwards other than saying they believe it was recycled, which, according to the court filing means “shredded.”
Further complicating the situation, the Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that this declaration may not be accurate. A review of internal IRS IT tracking system documents revealed that Lerner’s computer was actually once described as “recovered.” In a transcribed interview on July 18, IRS IT employees were unable to confirm the accuracy of the documents or the meaning of the entry “recovered.”
“It is these constant delays and late revelations that have forced this investigation to go on so long,” Camp added. “If the IRS would just come clean and tell Congress and the American people what really happened, we could put an end to this. Our investigators will not stop until we find the full truth.” (read more)