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A Word of Encouragement for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

June 24th, 2014 - 6:38 am

It’s only recently that I became aware of  John Koskinen, who was sworn in as the 48th commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in December 2013. Mr. Koskinen is obviously a smart chap: BA magna cum laude in physics from Duke; member of Phi Beta Kappa; a JD, cum laude, from Yale; and post-graduate work at Cambridge University. Watching snippets of his testimony before Congress on June 20th and June 23rd about the Case of the Missing Emails, however, I had to wonder whether, in all his years working for Freddie Mac and trying to salvage the Teamsters pension plan, he had ever managed to take on board Walter Scott’s famous couplet from “Marmion:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!

This was not Mr. Koskinen’s first time testifying, under oath, before Congress about the ever-broadening IRS scandal. Back in March, Mr. Koskinen faced a demand that the IRS produce “every single email [sent by Lois 'I-take-the 5th' Lerner] in the time period in the subpoena.”

“Will you commit to provide all those emails?”

“Yes, we will do that,” answered Koskinen.

Words are funny things, though.  What do you suppose the congressman meant by “all” and “every single email”?

If you’re just an ordinary Joe or Jill, the sort of schlump folks like John Koskinen and Lois Lerner are used to pushing around, you might have thought that Congressman Jim Jordan, who made the demand, wanted the IRS to turn over, you know, all of Lois Lerner’s emails from the period under review, that is, he wanted the IRS to produce every single email from the specified period.

Are we clear about that? (In case you think the request was ambiguous, look at this footage.)

On March 26, Mr. Koskinen said (I paraphrase), “Sure, boss, no problem: you want all the emails of la Lerner, I promise to get you all the dame’s emails.”

That was March 26th. On that date, according to Mr. Koskinen’s sworn testimony, he had no idea that he didn’t have access to all of Lois Lerner’s emails because, gosh darn, her hard drive failed and, wouldn’t you know it, they had no backup and, what’s more,  Lerner’s hard drive had been “recycled.”

So he couldn’t produce all the emails because (as far as we know right now) many of the emails are lost. The IRS, Mr. Koskinen testified, knew about the lost emails in February, but no one told him, the commissioner of the agency, this interesting fact until April.

It’s nice that it was April, because had it been anytime before March 26, a skeptical observer might conclude that John Koskinen had been economical with the truth when he testified before Congress on March 26th and promised to hand over all the emails.

Just as the IRS forgot or neglected — at least, they said, according to Mr. Koskinen, that they forgot or neglect — to tell him that 2 years’ worth of emails had gone missing, so Mr. Koskinen forgot or neglected to tell Congress about this most interesting fact when (according to him) he found out about it in April. Exactly when in April?  He can’t remember. Who told him?  He can’t remember that either. After all, the IRS has 90,000 employees (think about that!) and, after all, it was filing season. He was busy.

What do you think about that gambit? Convinced?

Or how about this: the IRS, which requires individuals to keep records for 7 years, only keeps emails for 6 months. Mr. Koskinen also testified that they cap the number of emails they save at 6,000. Why? Because their servers are overloaded. The head of the IRS said that it would cost between $10 and $30 million to upgraded their servers to accommodate a full backup.

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Republicans are angry and outraged trying to get to the bottom of this very dangerous scandal.
Democrats think it is a phony scandal. That's what Obama declared it to be, granting The Don's permission to lie cheat and steal.
There's the stalemate.
Some whistle blower is going to have to step up and spill the beans on the Democrats.
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The whole thing is a classic case of Battered Spouse Syndrome...

No one, NO ONE, wants to believe the real truth of the situation we're in.....

Our spouse is a monster. A drunk with a violent temper, a gambling addiction, STD's and bodies buried in the yard. You were lied to, they never had a job. All the Money is gone. The Marriage is over. Youre two weeks away from living in your car, and you know your kids will be raised by Child Services.

But you brush your hair, and take the little ones to Chuck E Cheese with your last 20 dollars and a coupon, hoping theirs enough gas in the tank to make it "home"...

To the Ramshackle, Termite infested dump you dont even OWN, in the sketchy part of town...the cute little place that held such promise when you dared to dream your life WASNT destined to be a complete failure....

Sometimes, the truth is just too hard to face. It takes more away from us than maintaining the fraud, taking the lies the stealing, the beatings, while pretending tomorrow things might get better....

No one wants to believe what our "marriage" has become. Corruption at the highest levels. A Police State. A Propaganda Ministry. Political Prisoners. Collusion with Terrorists. Open Contempt. Treason.

No one is mentally prepared to deal with the Truth, not even the guys supposedly digging FOR it.

Its just too awful to imagine, so we find this diversion, or that rationalization, and go "shopping"....looking at baubles to "decorate" the house with "Maybe someday", or at lawn furniture for when we finally do something “nice” with the yard... you know, someday when we have money, when things are "better"......

And for a few minutes we forgetting all about the lost years that are down the drain, our youth gone, ignoring the day thats comming when we'll have no plan but tears when our cheap, meager junk is piled up at the curb, indistinguishable from the neighbors garbage, in the rain, with the realization you have. Nowhere. Else. To. Go.

That’s the State of the National Marriage.

And THAT’S why no one will even admit its happening.
16 weeks ago
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With regard to Lerner's so-called taking of the Fifth: First she testified that she was completely innocent of any wrong-doing, then she took the Fifth. In my mind she had already testified she was not guilty, therefore, she could no longer take the Fifth. There were some mumblings about this outrage, but nothing so far has been done about it.

What should be done about it?

She should be recalled, told by the House that because she had already testified to her innocence she no longer had a right not to testify further. She should then be requestioned. Should she fail to answer, she should be held in Contempt of Congress and be punished with whatever punishment is appropriate for those guilty of that crime.

No rocket science is required.
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16 weeks ago
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This guy is your typical dishonest, arrogant, lying bureaucratic snob. Obviously he learned to lie at an early age & it was surely honed in college. This corrupt jerk should be tossed in jail & the key thrown away.
16 weeks ago
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Coincidently, Obama stated there was not a smidgen of corruption in February, the same time the IRS found out emails were missing. And he said that with happy confidence. I suspect, as probably most here do, that the WH and IRS are in collusion of some sorts, if not in the targeting, a coverup. Why would the WH interject themselves so actively in this problem, if they were outside of the loop? So far, this story reminds me of the old Columbo shows, where the killer is eager to help Columbo answer questions because they judge him as dimwitted. I think we the people are viewed as dimwitted. The WH has been right on top of this, first with outrage (killer is distraught over the death, Obama was mad as hell), then building a case (rouge agents, stupid behavior of a few) combined with a happiness in the solution (Obama was pretty happy to announce not a smidgen of corruption), now anger that there are more questions. We'll have to stay tuned to see how it ends.
16 weeks ago
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BDS Duke University until they take this criminal's name off their lacrosse stadium.
16 weeks ago
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Since nobody is talking I think it's high-time Mr. Boehner reconsiders his decision not to arrest Ms. Lerner. Lock her up until we get some answers.
16 weeks ago
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Do you really think Boehner wasn't in on crippling the tea party? He may have emailed her to suggest it.
16 weeks ago
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I watch this farce as well as all the others with wonder. Is the Congress that inept or weak that they can't force the issue? Or is it that they too are waiting for the November elections. It seems that both sides are playing rope-a-dope from opposite sides of the ring.
Could it be that even within these hearings there is a subtle attempt to roll over?
In not one controversy (Benghazi, Fast & Furious, IRS, etc.) has ANYONE been held to account. Why is that? Am I so ignorant that my expectations are
beyond what is reasonable?
16 weeks ago
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IRS going after Tea Party - no prob for the Congressional Republican leaders.
The other scandals - suspect the NSA has plenty on them. Like Justice Roberts who wrote the losing argument on Obamacare then voted for it, they all have something to hide. Doubt the R opposition is willing to have secrets exposed.
Ain't it great living in a free country?
16 weeks ago
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That slimy weasel is giving the whole country a big "In your face!" His attitude is, "I didn't do it, nobody saw me, you can't prove anything." He's like a mafia don on the witness stand, who leers and says, "I'm an olive-oil importer, and you can't prove any different."

He needs to be prosecuted for perjury, obstruction of justice, and contempt of Congress.


16 weeks ago
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Where are the emails about the emails??
When the IRS discovered that they had "lost" the Lerner emails, there was inevitably communication regarding the backups, the servers, the contracted company that was supposed to be archiving the emails. These would have originated by multiple mid-level (or less) IT persons, and to serious and professional investigators would almost certainly provide a broadly trampled trail to the originators of the malfeasance.
This requires serious professional criminal investigators, and that's why a Special Prosecutor is urgently needed. Congress has neither the skills nor the resources to intensively investigate this kind of intricate scheme in the face of universal obstruction by those in power.
16 weeks ago
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Koskinen is just another member of the Democratic Party “deep state” that have manged to become millionaires sucking at the public teat. See James A. Johnson [http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/mistress_of_disaster_jamie_gor.html], Jamie Gorelick [http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/mistress_of_disaster_jamie_gor.html], Tom Donilon [http://freebeacon.com/national-security/donilon-double-dips/], etc.

But of course Republicans are the party of Big Corporations...
16 weeks ago
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Maybe the Congress needs a new approach? Why not investigate Rep. Elijah Cumming's email with Lois Lerner a bit deeper? I had the impression from somewhere that he was cheerleading her and the IRS in their endeavors to harass True the Vote. The whole scandal is a house of cards waiting for someone to pull out the right Joker.
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