July 10, 2014

Lerner Advised Caution

Hide what you can.

Before pleading the Fifth, former IRS official Lois Lerner famously professed her innocence. Her actions, however, reek of partisan wrongdoing. In one email that managed to survive the miraculously convenient crashes of multiple IRS hard drives, she warns her cohorts that “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” because Congress might ask for them. She also asked an IT official if instant messages were logged. That official responded, “[Instant] messages are not set to automatically save as the standard; however the functionality exists within the software. My general recommendation is to treat the conversation as if it could/is being saved somewhere, as it is possible for either party of the conversation to retain the information and have it turn up as part of an electronic search.” Lerner replied, “Perfect.” Her inquiry and response casts doubt on her claims that her emails were “accidentally lost,” because at the same time she was engaged in political targeting she was determining what information might come back to incriminate her. Now a federal judge has ordered the IRS to explain “under oath” what happened to those emails. That should be entertaining. More…

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