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June 24, 2014 - 7:14 am

Apparently none of the Republicans in Congress have figured this out by now. IRS chief John Koskinen was not brought into the agency to clean anything up or get to any level of truth about its targeting scandal. He was brought in to be a loyalist who will deflect blame and run out the clock.

That’s what he did during Monday night’s hearing on the scandal in the House Oversight Committee.

Koskinen blamed the loss of Lois Lerner’s emails on budget cuts, on the demands placed on the agency by Obamacare, anything but the obvious — the emails were destroyed to remove evidence of the scandal.

The IRS just finished, in 2013, a 15-year multi-billion dollar computer systems upgrade. But Koskinen claims that the agency — America’s government cash collector — doesn’t have the money to upgrade its servers. Even though it has a $1.8 billion budget for IT infrastructure.

Mr. Koskinen is doing exactly what President Obama wants him to do. Stonewall. Blame Congress. Run out the clock.

It’s great fun watching Rep. Trey Gowdy light into Koskinen. But ultimately it’s pointless. Koskinen isn’t in any jeopardy, because he wasn’t at the IRS when the targeting occurred. He’s there now to be a thorn in Congress’ side, to rely on “common sense” and claim that there’s no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the scandal when he admits that he hasn’t even reviewed any relevant criminal law.

Koskinen isn’t at the IRS to look into any potential criminal wrongdoing. He is a human shield.

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Lois Lerner has pleaded the Fifth and retired. Sarah Hall Ingram has retired. The IRS chief who presided over the years of targeting has been replaced by John Koskinen, put there by the president who first said the scandal outraged him, but now says there is not even a smidgen of corruption. The Democrats on the investigating committees abuse their time to defend the IRS.

Lerner’s emails went down the memory hole just 10 days after she first learned that Congress might be on her trail. The IRS canceled its contract with its email backup company shortly thereafter, without explanantion.

Congressional hearings make for mediocre TV and a poor vehicle for investigating the targeting of conservatives by our own government. It will take a special prosecutor who will go below the level of IRS chief and get to the people who were around when Lerner’s emails were supposedly lost, and who will depose them, look through contracts, find the inconsistencies and build a case. All the rest is show.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I disagree. The hearings are FINALLY showing republicans being tough on a witness. Of course there will be no "real" repercussions. These are political appointees. But the optics are VERY refreshing for the right and middle and may actually help more of them find their balls. Here's hoping.
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Leaving aside for the moment the absurdity that a hard drive crash erases all record of email everywhere, according to Koskinen’s testimony from the two hearings, the IRS has such shoddy tech that 2,000 employees had hard drive crashes since the beginning of the year.

By my back-of-the-envelope math, assuming this is the typical crash rate, that’s an annual crash rate of about 4,000 crashes per year. There are 90,000 IRS employees. Let’s assume just for the sake of math that each IRS employee has just one computer (the number is probably higher what with laptops and desktops and such).

That means in a given year, the probability that Louis Lerner’s computer would crash is 1/22.5 – which actually doesn’t sound too bad…

…but six other people relevant to this case also had their hard drives crash. Propagating the probabilities, the likelihood of 7 specific hard drives each with a 1/22.5 chance of crashing in a given year is…

…just a shade under 1 in 3 BILLION…billion…with a “B”.

That’s about the odds of getting attacked by a shark…in Kansas…at the Jamba Juice kiosk in the food court of a mall.

Admittedly, this is just a simple estimate and there are many, many other factors.
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I propose something radical and completely out of the box.

A Citizen's Committee To Investigate Treason By Government Officials.

I propose that Congress appoints a blue ribbon committee of citizens who will investigate, charge and prosecute governmental intentional abuse, corruption, fraud and attempted overthrow.

It should be granted full powers by Congress, be given a budget to hire investigators and forensic experts.

And it should be allowed to subpoena witnesses who either currently work for the government or who have an existing pension or benefits paid by taxpayers.

Expert cross examiners only need apply for prosecution. Expert forensic examiners only need apply for discovery and retrieval of evidence.

It is high time that the BOSSES of this country be given power to pushback against the criminal overthrow.

An attack on the Constitutional rights of citizens is an attack on the country...because this is a government of the People, by the People and FOR the people. Therefore, it is the highest crime that can be committed.

It should come with a maximum punishment of public hanging. Trying to overthrow the People is not a small, insignificant matter. A special Court should be set up, manned by judges hand picked by the people, with a Chief Judge administrator hand picked by the people.

This investigation is OF the government, therefore is a parallel process to the functioning pieces now. If Obama and his cabal wish a lawless country, they may have their shot at it through the mechanisms of government and the People will have a say in putting that government on trial for sedition.

Justice will be served. Because the alternatives are surrender or....secession.
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Bryan - IMHO, your assessment is on point. Koskinen is the equivalent of a smart mob lawyer. The mobsters have already hidden/destroyed the evidence and Kos' was smart enough to have avoided asking them any potentially informative questions.
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I disagree. The hearings are FINALLY showing republicans being tough on a witness. Of course there will be no "real" repercussions. These are political appointees. But the optics are VERY refreshing for the right and middle and may actually help more of them find their balls. Here's hoping.
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Nope, Steve. Until we have an AG that will back it up with prosecutions we have Kabuki.
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Leaving aside for the moment the absurdity that a hard drive crash erases all record of email everywhere, according to Koskinen’s testimony from the two hearings, the IRS has such shoddy tech that 2,000 employees had hard drive crashes since the beginning of the year.

By my back-of-the-envelope math, assuming this is the typical crash rate, that’s an annual crash rate of about 4,000 crashes per year. There are 90,000 IRS employees. Let’s assume just for the sake of math that each IRS employee has just one computer (the number is probably higher what with laptops and desktops and such).

That means in a given year, the probability that Louis Lerner’s computer would crash is 1/22.5 – which actually doesn’t sound too bad…

…but six other people relevant to this case also had their hard drives crash. Propagating the probabilities, the likelihood of 7 specific hard drives each with a 1/22.5 chance of crashing in a given year is…

…just a shade under 1 in 3 BILLION…billion…with a “B”.

That’s about the odds of getting attacked by a shark…in Kansas…at the Jamba Juice kiosk in the food court of a mall.

Admittedly, this is just a simple estimate and there are many, many other factors.
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Hard Drive crash is IRRELEVENT.

Emails are resident on the Exchange server, with RAID to allow a bad drive be reconstructed by other drives in the server.

The hard drive crash meme is a squirrel meant to be chased by the Stupid Party.
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CraigZ - That is a small business solution. In a large corporation or large government agency (that maybe just updated their systems - cough, cough) would have multiply redundant dual or triple systems with multiple paths to data security. (I work in large corporation that depends on data security and backup for all operations worldwide.) We can't lose anything or 'forever' erase an email if we tried.

The whole IRS thing is not only a bad lie, it is a dumb lie that depends on the public being as stupid as they think we are. Might work for most LIVs but not anyone who actually works and functions in the real world. The problem is that the majority voted to be a Banana Republic, TWICE!

They like it this way. Until the pain comes. Well, then we shall see.
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There's a 5 year statute of limitations on most federal crimes, except for murder. 2011 + 5 years is 2016. New president gets sworn in in 2017. Lerner skates, but maybe Koskinen gets hoisted for obstruction. And such a prosecution might make the next obfuscater think twice before agreeing to such an assignment.
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"It will take a special prosecutor who will go below the level of IRS chief and get to the people who were around when Lerner’s emails were supposedly lost, and who will depose them, look through contracts, find the inconsistencies and build a case."

Maybe so, but how do you get Obama and Holder to appoint one?
25 weeks ago
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The only way is to put a provision in the appropriations act next year to allow the House of Representatives to appoint a special prosecutor on its own. Of course, Obama will veto it if it ever reaches his desk.
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That's why the ACLJ lawsuits are so damn important.

There will be no SP. Period.

This must come from outside groups. Relevant committees must then follow their leads, as Issa's has done. But I really don't think anything will be uncovered by any congressional committee.

What *really* is needed is a turncoat somewhere in the IRS, DOJ or FEC.

I'm not holding my breath, but Gowdy sure was fun to watch last night on C-Span. Can't wait to see him deconstruct th webs of lies in the Beghazi affair.

Hope he crucifies the Lizard Queen.
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"What *really* is needed is a turncoat somewhere in the IRS, DOJ or FEC."

It's a pretty safe bet that any such turncoats have been summarily flushed out of the picture by this administration & Holder's DOJ.
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It would be nice if a new Deep Throat dumps all Lois Lerner's emails to Issa a month before the election. I'm dreaming - it won't happen of course.
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