Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

June 19, 2014 - 7:33 am

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) indicated that it could be easier for his panel to track a cover-up in the IRS targeting scandal with fresh reports that the IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s hard drive.

Politico reported last night that the IRS recycled the hard drive of the former IRS official who led the office screening 501(c)(4) applicants.

Just this week, Issa had issued a subpoena for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRS issued to Lois G. Lerner.”

“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,” Issa said.

“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,” he added.

White House press secretary Jay Carney tried to pass reporters off to the IRS when asked about the lost communications at Wednesday’s press briefing.

“They are producing 67,000 e-mails sent or received from Lois Lerner. This is part of their production of 750,000 pages of documents to Congress,” Carney said. “As the IRS said, IT professionals worked to restore Lerner’s hard drive but were unable to do so. Nonetheless, the IRS has or will produce 24,000 Lerner e-mails from this 2009-2011 time period largely from the files of the other 82 individuals.”

“So I think that answers your question that they are engaging in an effort to find e-mails in the absence of being able to restore the hard drive.”

He noted that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) requested emails between Lerner and the White House.

“We were asked if we would produce them; we did, in fact, do a search for all communications between Lois Lerner and any person within the Executive Office of the President for this period,” Carney said. “We found zero e-mails — sorry to disappoint — between Lois Lerner and anyone within the EOP during this period. We found three e-mails where a third party e-mailed both Lois Lerner and officials within the EOP. One was a spam e-mail and two others were from a person seeking tax assistance. Each of these e-mails has been produced to Congress.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
Top Rated Comments   
Its time to subpoena those IT people that work for the IRS. Turn up the heat and find out who ordered those hard drives destroyed because that was destroying information already subpoenaed by congress - doesn't matter if 'the dog ate it' - produce the turds! It IS evidence no matter the state of that evidence.

Sooner or later it'll make the lower echelon personnel who have nothing to gain by covering for the higher ups nervous - and a nervous 'bird' will sing given half a chance.

There are simply too many people involved in this to keep the lid on. Its just a matter of time - and a matter of turning up the heat so those who were involved feel it.

We cannot as a nation survive if criminal elements in our government are not challenged for their 'mistakes'.

9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
The FBI received illegal personal information about private donors and did...nothing.

Or worse.

The DOJ has evidence of an attack by government officials against private US citizens and they have done nothing.

Or worse.

The White House has been informed that government officials have mounted an attack on the citizens who dissent from their policies and they have done nothing.

Or worse.

The media is now fully aware of a raging case of tyranny, corruption and coverup, with the intentional destruction of evidence in a clear case of high crime against citizens. And they have done nothing.

Or worse.


A people being violated, by the "protectors" of their rights, liberty and freedom...will find ever increasingly more pressurized ways to stop being violated.

First, they will turn to their representatives. If they appear weak, hapless, feckless and neutered, they will go to the ballot box.

If fraud, corruption and UNTRUE THE VOTE pervades, they will go to the airwaves.

If the media is corrupt, they will be left with a backed up steam valve.

People who do not protest by nature...when you back them into a corner and leave them no options...have a much bigger buildup of unreleased frustration.

You won't want to be around if that goes off.

Things are now past ridiculous, past sublime, they are redlining the engine of tyranny.

Something has to give.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Subpoena the Exchange Server and all drives associated with it.

Same with all network backup media.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (35)
All Comments   (35)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
"hard choices" wouldn't disappear without a trace unless that was the intention
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Everyone in the Obama administration ignores the Constitution and any laws they don't agree with. That's what Eric Holder does and tells others to do.
Our Chicago president learned from that city's gangsters that having the law, DOJ, cover for you is go.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
There is a line in the movie Victoria that sums up the problem with most of the alphabet services. "Governments change, politicians come and go, you stay" (meaning The Queen or in this case the bureaucracy. The only way to fix the problem if it can be fixed is to fire all of them and start fresh. Which is not feasible.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why is Lois Lerner not in jail?
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Because John Boehner is too much of a coward to have required the Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest her weaselly, lying behind.
8 weeks ago
8 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't understand why this wasn't disclosed sooner. Well, okay, yes I really do. It took the Obama admin time to complete this fraud.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Islamist Manchurian Candidate is running a criminal operation. Those hard drives were intentionally destroyed, make no mistake about it. This is a whole lot worse than the 18 minutes of tape lost during the Nixon Administration.
Rep. Issa should have Lois Lerner appear once again, and threaten her with time in the Capitol jail. Maybe she'll spill the beans, maybe not. If she doesn't then he should have her jail. That will give her time to contemplae her loss of liberty.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
For the tenacious investigative journalist, the Contract paper trail is the way to go. There are extensive routine reports, required by Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) which must be kept on file by the USG Contracting Agency and the Contractor (i.e. the private company providing the service).
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
But seriously it doesn't matter what happened to her hard drive because your computer uses an email client to talk to an email server. That is why when you want to do emails on your computer, in an email client you have to set up an email account which is your connection to the email server. And I can't believe that the government is running any kind of servers email or otherwise that don't have extensive backups
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
and backed up nightly at midnight. Contractor server farms are in Chantilly and Memphis.

The number of people that believe emails are 'stored' on hard drives is zero. Ask anyone checking their email via phone.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
No election, or series of elections, will change the Left/Statist Mindset of the Majority of Civil Servants in America.

No election, or series of elections, will permit our border to be secure. No executive command from The President, the Joint Chiefs, Governors or State Militias, can cause brick to meet mortar, so long as the Lois Learners of the various agencies involved are part of the system. They will wink and nod to each other, and “innocently” gum of the works and thwart the Will of The People, so long as it disagrees with their own personal, loyal leftist political agenda. They Hardly need encouragement from the Media to do so, and they hardly need to twist any arms within their agencies to do so either, because they all think the same...

Materials will Not be Shipped, Sites will Not be Surveyed, Rebar and Barbed Wire will Not be Appropriated, Approved or Delivered. Bulldozers will have no fuel, or “qualified” drivers, OSHA and EPA Permits for Construction will be Lost, re-submitted, mistakenly miss-filed, expire, require re-authorization and re-submittal, while sympathetic Judges will issue injunctions and stoppages at every step, nullifying the latest permit, action and approval obtained, because of conflicting timelines, fiscal year dates, prevailing wage rules or anything else they can think of for the simple reason of STOPPING something THEY disapprove of, voters and The Law be damned.

The Left/Statists who control the actual, physical minutia of all “work” that takes place by our Beloved Regime(s) will NEVER allow a mere election, or series of elections, deter them from their Sacred Agenda. Be it Immigration, Entitlements, Education, Energy, Defense, the Environment, it simply does not MATTER what any future, temporary elected official might say they must now do (or cease from doing), should their party suffers some isolated loss here or there.

The loss of Both Houses, the Presidency, and most State Legislatures and Governorships are simply temporary POLITICAL setbacks, in a completely DIFFERENT arena from the ones these minions operate in. They are not even Temporary Hiccups to the Unelected Left/Statists that control every lever, gauge and switch of the actual MACHINERY of our (once) Great Republic. Common Core can be outlawed tomorrow, but the Angry Commie Lesbian that runs the Elementary School in your town? She’ll push the same agenda no matter WHAT “tools” you give her. And any replacement you DO manage to secure will certainly be WORSE.

No Electoral Scrape of the Surface Rust, no victorious angry daub of primer applied, will have any affect on the The Irrevocably Permanent Institutional Rot the Left/Statists has burrowed into the Institutions.

Lois Learner is not an anomaly, she is The Standard. She is no Cancer upon the Organ, she IS The Organ, because the entire body is one enormous, single cell tumor.

No election, or series of elections, can reverse a biological metamorphosis.

The patient is already dead.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Bureaucracy is the enemy. It has always been the enemy. Politicians are just window dressing. For a comedic but surprisingly accurate portrayal of how bureaucracies really run things, look at the great BBC series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. Some of the most truly ludicrous scenes in the show, like a hospital with hundreds of administrators and medical personnel but not a single patient, were based on REAL incidents reported to the writers by retired civil servants whose pensions were secure....
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Issa's job is to look busy dealing with Obama scandals but not endanger anyone in the Marxist/Corpratist cast of characters.

Until you demand and get replacements for the feckless 'leaders' in the GOP nothing will be done about any scandal, no matter how bad. The Mayberry voters back home are happy just to have their opinion justified. They would never be so bold as to demand action, that might lead to confrontation. They are just as feckless as the RINOs they elect.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All

One Trackback to “Issa: Hard Drive Wouldn’t ‘Disappear Without a Trace Unless That Was the Intention’”