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August 26, 2014 - 7:42 am

After Monday’s bombshell about the federal government’s system-wide email back-up system broke, there was yet another bombshell.

The IRS “recycled” — destroyed — Lois Lerner’s hard drive in June 2011, just 10 days after Rep. Dave Camp had sent a letter to the IRS inquiring about the targeting of conservative groups that Lerner knew about and may have orchestrated.

The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry device, too. Even though there is no suggestion that it ever “crashed,” as the agency claims about her hard drive.

Even worse, the IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry after it knew of the crash, and while the congressional investigation was underway.

The Blackberry would have contained all of Lerner’s emails.

The New York Observer picks up the story:

In two elusive and nebulous sworn declarations, we can glean that Ms. Lerner had two Blackberries. One was issued to her on November 12, 2009. According to a sworn declaration, this is the Blackberry that contained all the emails (both sent and received) that would have been in her “Outlook” and drafts that never were sent from her Blackberry during the relevant time.

With incredible disregard for the law and the Congressional inquiry, the IRS admits that this Blackberry “was removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.” This is a year after her hard drive “crash” and months after the Congressional inquiry began.

The IRS did not even attempt to retrieve that data. It cavalierly recites: “There is no record of any attempt by any IRS IT employee to recover data from any Blackberry device assigned to Lois Lerner in response to the Congressional investigations or this investigation,” according to Stephen Manning, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Strategy & Modernization.

Lerner was issued another Blackberry for Valentine’s Day 2012—also after she came under fire for her targeting of conservative groups.

The IRS was engaged in criminal destruction of evidence. It is engaged in a game of running out the clock and extending the investigation as long as possible now. Lerner’s current Blackberry is apparently in the possession of the Inspector General of the Treasury. Even that Blackberry might have access to Lerner’s old emails. If she used “ghost” accounts, as the head of the EPA did, the Blackberry may show evidence of that too.

We’re learning all of this not because of any congressional investigation, by the way, but because Judicial Watch has gone to court and gotten a judge, Emmet Sullivan, who is not taking the Obama administration’s spin at face value.

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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Having failed the smell test, the laugh test and Baghdad Bob tanks outside the window denial test...the IRS knows you know they are lying. They know you know they attacked private citizens for leftist political purposes.

They know you know they destroyed evidence. They know you know they conspired with sitting Senators and Congressmen.

They know you know they illegally sent personal information to the FBI.

They know you know they conspired with the Democratic Party, the DOJ, Treasury and the White House.

They know you know the media is covering this up and conspire to do so.


And...they know you know there is not a damn thing you can do about it. No matter how badly you want to wipe that smirk off their faces.
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Why are IRS personnel not being perp walked off to jail? This is blatant evidence tampering and in violation of numerous laws. Lock a few of them up and they'll start talking.
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The most open administration ever has told lie on top of lie on top of lie. What is so maddening about this, is that there are no consequences for what is clearly a violation of government regulations. These folks make Nixon look like an amateur.
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Even if she was caught on video destroying evidence, congress does not have the teeth to do a thing about it and if they did, Obama would pardon her at the end of his term as he will for any of his loyal insiders IF they are convicted.

Why am I so cynical about this? Not one person has gone to jail. If anyone does go to jail, it will likely be scapegoats such as the cook or janitor.

As the saying goes in progressive circles, the cook goes down with the ship.
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What? No offer of big bucks and legal immunity to anyone coming forward with emails they received from Lois Liar? Did the government (Congress) run out of money?
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Is Lois Lerner the only remaining source for the emails? If so, she better watch out.

"I'm sorry Mr. Congressman, but Lois can't appear today. See, it's like this... We were throwing out old furniture at the IRS and there was a mistake and well, um, Lois ... ... ..."
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Everyone she sent an email to has a copy as well. Lets start vacuuming up ALL the IRS / Justice / White House emails and see what she said to whom and when.
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I was just making a joke about everything with ties to the emails being destroyed in some way. If the parties involved really want to produce the emails, I'm sure that some or all of them could be found. Computers have a bad habit of holding onto almost any data that passes through them, even when you think it is trashed or gone for good. Everyone can tell that this is contempt of Congress by now and grounds for starting legal proceedings.
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That will never happen. They have high placed operatives within the FBI and the DOJ that would sabotage any attempt to discover the truth.

This scandal most likely leads to not only the White House, but the president himself. Should the truth be made public, congress would be forced to impeach the first black president which is why it will never happen.
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The "IRS" didn't destroy evidence, conspire with elected officials, illegally send data to the FBI, Conspire with the Democratic Party, The DOJ, Treasury and WH. Specific Persons, with names, addresses and incomes paid by taxpayers destroyed evidence and collaborated with Specifically Named individuals in the other Departments. No one wants to be the next "suicide" by going after the truth and exposing the rot.
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Going against the progressive machine will get you killed. Their history is paved with bodies.
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Especially if the Clintons were involved.
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When certain people feel there is an apparent injustice, something that is more than skin deep that affects society greatly, sometimes they take to raising their voices in various ways. The people in Ferguson who rioted are treated with sympathy and a looked upon with sure resolve by the president and AG. Sooo, what is a way to raise your voices so that Washington notices, and very very likely elicits great sympathy from the president, you ask? Well, with April 15th on the horizon, with plenty of time to get the word out, and organize it carefully and thoughtfully.... well, I think you get the idea.
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The MSM is the one who's supposed to raise the voice of the people. Its silence shows its complicity.
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"The IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner's Blackberry, Too."
No. Someone within the IRS ordered the destruction of evidence. Someone (or ones) within the IRS followed the order to destroy evidence. We need names. We need those responsible to be held responsible.
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Even if we don't know exactly who did it or ordered it, we do know who is in charge of various units within the IRS. Aren't they responsible for their departments? Put their feet to the fire.
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The president is in charge of the country yet he claims to know nothing about what goes on within his administration, which is a lie. The same tactic will be used by leadership within the IRS.

"I learned about it the day it was reported in the news" will be the most overused common claim.
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Wow, a witch hunt!
And with a real live witch too:-)
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IRS's days are numbered.
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Makes one long for the relatively honest days of Nixon.
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Like Spiro Agnew, deals with Communist China and price controls? Nope. Tricky Dick was the father of all RINO's and he deserves what he got. Relatively ... very relatively.
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