Lois Lerner Email: IRS Official Looked to Audit Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) … Or Could It Have Been the The Non-Profit Org Who Issued the Invitation?
AGENTS AGENCY …
House Ways and Means Committee investigators have uncovered emails from former IRS official Lois “I plead the 5th” Lerner that sought to audit Republican Senator Charles Grassley. Grassley said. “It’s very troubling that a simple clerical mix-up could get a taxpayer immediately referred for an IRS exam without any due diligence from agency officials.” Actually, what might be even more troubling is that the head of the IRS nonprofit department did not know the guidelines or law, but wanted to presume guilty first.
House Ways and Means Press Release: REVEALED: GOP Senator Targeted by Lerner: Ways and Means investigation uncovers push to audit Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes a sitting United States Senator. According to emails reviewed by the Committee under its Section 6103 authority, which allows the Committee to review confidential taxpayer information, Lois Lerner sought to have Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referred for IRS examination.
“We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States Senator is shocking,” said Camp. “At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights. We may never know the full extent of the abuse since the IRS conveniently lost two years of Lerner emails, not to mention those of other key figures in this scandal. The fact that DOJ refuses to investigate the IRS’s abuses or appoint a special counsel demonstrates, yet again, this Administration’s unwillingness to uphold the rule of law.”
Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012.
The emails show former IRS official Lois Lerner mistakenly received an invitation to an event that was meant to go to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
The event organizer apparently offered to pay for Grassley’s wife to attend the event. In an email to another IRS official, Lerner suggests referring the matter for an audit, saying it might be inappropriate for the group to pay for his wife.
“Perhaps we should refer to exam?” Lerner wrote.
It was unclear from the emails whether Lerner was suggesting that Grassley or the group be audited — or both.
The other IRS official, Matthew Giuliano, waved her off, saying an audit would be premature because Grassley hadn’t even accepted the invitation.
“It would be Grassley who would need to report the income,” Giuliano said.
Powerline brings up an interesting interpretation of the emails that could very well be plausible as well. After all, Lois Lerner has been accused of targeting conservative non-profit and Tea Party groups.
JOHN adds: I don’t think Lerner meant to have Grassley investigated, but rather the nonprofit organization that issued the speaking invitation. It is helpful to see the emails. This is the one Lois Lerner sent after mistakenly receiving the invitation that was directed to Senator Grassley.
Note that Lerner doesn’t seem to know much about tax law. There is nothing “inappropriate” about the group that sponsored the seminar offering to pay Mrs. Grassley’s way. But when Lerner suggests that the matter should be “refer[red] to Exam,” I think she is pretty clearly talking about the section of the IRS for which she has responsibility, i.e., nonprofit organizations. The inappropriateness, if any, would be on the part of the organization, not Grassley.
In any event, not a smidgen of corruption.
IRS Admits Illegally Leaking Confidential “National Organization of Marriage” Information That Was Used Against Mitt Romney in 2012 Elections
UNREAL … BUSTED!!! MORE ILLEGAL GOINGS-ON AT THE IRS … AND THIS IS THE AGENCY IN CHARGE OF ENFORCING OBAMACARE.
More IRS corruption … The IRS was forced to admit this week to leaking the National Organization for Marriage‘s confidential information to far left groups, the Human Rights Campaign. The Daily Signal is reporting that the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit for illegally releasing confidential tax return and donor list of the National Organization of Marriage, a national group opposed to redefining marriage.
The IRS will pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000. That’s it? Was anyone fired? How about jail?
Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.
The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival.
“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”
The Daily Signal is seeking comment on the settlement from the IRS and Justice Department.
Oh the sick irony. The IRS will pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 of our own money.
NOM said that an investigation revealed that its 2008 tax return and list of major donors was released to Matthew Meisel, a gay activist in Boston, MA. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague that he had “a conduit” to obtain NOM’s confidential information. While testifying under oath in a deposition in the litigation, Meisel invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination and refused to disclose the identity of his conduit. Documents obtained during the litigation prove that Meisel then provided NOM’s tax data to the Human Rights Campaign (whose president was a national Co-Chair of the Obama Reelection Campaign). The information was also published by the Huffington Post.
“While we are very pleased that the IRS has been exposed as being responsible for this leak of our confidential information to our political opponents, we believe the IRS may still be hiding information from the American people,” Eastman said. “We have called on the Attorney General to grant Matthew Meisel immunity from prosecution so that we can force him to disclose the identity of his conduit . We urge the Congress to explore this issue with the appropriate government officials. It’s imperative that all those who have engaged in corrupt practices and illegal acts in the IRS be identified and held accountable.”
Fox News Poll: 76% of Voters Think the IRS Deliberately Destroyed Lois Lerner Emails … Just 12% Believe It Was an Accident
DAMNING OBAMA/IRS POLLING …
According to the most recent FOX News poll, an amazing 76% of voters believe that the Internal Revenue Service deliberately and purposely destroyed Lois Lerner’s emails. Only 12% believe in the Tooth Fairy and think it was an accident. Another 12% are unsure and are too bust watching “Here Cones Honey Boo Boo”. The 76% of those who believe the IRS acted deliberately its includes 74% of Independents and an incredible 63% of Democrats. What does this mean? As much as the White House has called IRS-gate a phony scandal and a GOP conspiracy, the American people are not buying it. “We the People” think that it was deliberate and a crime was committed and there was a purposeful destruction of property.
Full poll can be read HERE.
PHONY CONSPIRACY, EH?
The consensus is: it’s no accident. More than three-quarters of voters — 76 percent — think the emails missing from the account of Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official at the center of the scandal over targeting of conservative groups, were deliberately destroyed.
That suspicion is shared across party lines, albeit to varying degrees. An overwhelming 90 percent of Republicans think the emails were intentionally destroyed, as do 74 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats.
Furthermore, Democrats and Barack Obama have tried their best, along with the lap dog liberal media to make this scandal go away. Partisan Democrats have called the investigation, silly, political and a waste of time. The liberal MSM has pretty much refused to cover the story. However, according to the FOX News poll, 74% think that Congress should continue to investigate the IRS in their targeting of conservative and Tea Party non-profit groups. This includes 65% of Independents and 66% of Democrats.
This latest wrinkle in the IRS targeting of certain groups, including hundreds with “Tea Party” in their name, has increased voter interest in Congress investigating the matter.
Some 74 percent of voters now say lawmakers should investigate the IRS “until someone is held accountable,” up from 67 percent who felt that way in April. That includes 66 percent of Democrats.
Finally, a resounding majority do not believe Barack Obama when he says that he learned about such scandals like IRS-gate, the VA scandal, Fast & Furious and the plethora of other scandals when the president says he learned about it from the media. What does this tell us? The American people think Obama is a liar.
Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero Testifies to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Lois Lerner Lost Emails … ” IRS Didn’t Follow the Law “
IMAGINE THAT, THE OBAMA IRS BROKE THE LAW …
On Tuesday, David Ferriero, the top United States archivist of federal records, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the IRS broke the law when it failed to report loss of emails. David S. Ferriero, the chief archivist at the National Archives said, “In accordance with the Federal Records Act, when an agency becomes aware of an incident of unauthorized destruction, they must report the incident to us.” Ferriero told the House Oversight Committee that federal agencies are supposed to report whenever their records are destroyed or even accidentally deleted; however, he stated that nobody told the National Archives after emails from IRS official Lois Lerner vanished after a computer failure in 2011. Imagine that? How about the six others whose computers miraculously crashed as well? Were they reported?
The top U.S. official in charge of archiving federal records testified Tuesday that the IRS ran afoul of the law by neglecting to tell his office that a trove of emails from the woman at the center of the targeting scandal disappeared after an apparent hard drive crash.
Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero, speaking before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made clear that federal agencies are supposed to report whenever their records are destroyed or even accidentally deleted. But he said that after emails from embattled IRS official Lois Lerner vanished after a computer failure in 2011, nobody told the National Archives.
“They did not follow the law,” Ferriero said.
Posted June 25, 2014 by Scared Monkeys
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) Questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen On Lois Lerner Missing Emails … IRS Commissioner Double Talk, “I Did Not Say We Would Provide You Emails that Disappeared”
More amazing smuggery from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen …
Last night during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made a comment of such parsing of words that even Slick Willie, former President Bill Clinton would have been proud of. The contentious Q&A between Koskinen told Issa ended as follows:
IRS Commissioner Koskinen: All the emails we have will be provided. I did not say that I would provide emails that disappeared. If you have have a magically way for me to do that I’d be happy to know about it. I said I would provide all the emails, we are providing all the emails. The fact that three years ago, some of them not all of them, were not available. I never said I would provide you emails we didn’t have and in fact we are going to provide you 24000 emails …
Rep. Darrell Issa: My time has expired and I’ve lost my patience with you.
Posted June 24, 2014 by Scared Monkeys
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Unbelievable Exhange Between IRS Commissioner John Koskinen & Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): IRS Commissioner … “I Can’t Remember” Who Told Me Lois Lerner’s Emails Were Lost
Stunning, simply stunning!!!
Last night during his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, IRS Chief John Koskinen said he could not remember who told him that Lois Lerner’s emails were lost. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) grilled Koskinen during his testimony as to when and who told him that the emails were lost. The IRS Commissioner actually blamed tax season as to the reason why he could not remember. UNREAL. Rep. Jordan whent on to ask the IRS Commissioner, ‘At what point does it become obstruction of justice?’ Watch the amazing exchange below.
Rep. Jim Jordan: The chairman asked you, “Who told you this information?” You can’t remember?
IRS Chief John Koskinen: No, I… do not remember.
Jordan: Did someone tell you in person? Did they send you an email?
Koskinen: I do not get emails on these subjects so I’m sure it was someone in person.
Jordan: This has been a major news story for the past 13 months and you don’t remember who came up to you and said, ‘Hey boss, we lost Lois Lerner’s emails”? You don’t remember anything about that situation?
Koskinen: I remember being told in April … I do not recall who told me.
Republicans on a House of Representatives committee took Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen to task on Monday night for his agency’s loss of emails from an IRS official involved in scrutinizing tax exemption requests from political groups.
Champaign County Republican Rep. Jim Jordan – who chairs a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee – compared the loss of Lois Lerner’s emails to evidence hiding efforts in a “third-rate B actor crime drama.”
“This would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious,” said Jordan, who asked Koskinen to seek a special prosecutor’s investigation of whether the IRS improperly scrutinized tax-exemption requests from conservative groups.
Jordan questioned whether Koskinen obstructed justice by waiting several weeks to tell Congress about the lost emails rather than revealing it when he first learned of it in April. Koskinen said IRS tried to recover all the emails it could from Lerner’s crashed hard drive, but couldn’t get them all.
Posted June 24, 2014 by Scared Monkeys
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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Shreds IRS Commissioner John Koskinen … “You Don’t Have Any Idea If There was Any Criminal Misconduct or Not”
IT’S ABOUT TIME SOME ONE LET THE IRS HAVE IT …
Last night IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified again before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the loss of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails. US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) simply shredded IRS Commissioner Koskinen during the hearing and handed Koskinen his lunch, or in this case because of the time of day, his dinner. Gowdy provided Koskinen a lesson in Criminal Law 101. The Congressman methodically and astutely lit into the IRS Commissioner as he destroyed Koskinen’s comment that “there was no evidence of any criminal misconduct.” Koskinen was forced to say that there was any wrong doing.
“Spoliation of evidence is when a party fails to preserve evidence that there is a negative inference that the jury can draw from their failure to preserve the evidence. You with me? If you destroy documents that the jury could infer those documents weren’t going to be good for you. If you fail to keep documents a jury could infer that these documents were not going to be good for you. [...] When a party has a duty to preserve the evidence or records and they fail to do so, there is a negative inference that is drawn from their failure to preserve the evidence.”
What happened to John Koskinen, the “turn around” specialist brought in to fix the IRS? At the 4:20 mark of the video below, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and major Democrat donor provided Demcorat talking points that the GOP is obsessed with the White House. He would also later blame lack of IRS funding for the ills of the IRS. Trey Gowdy would go on to debunked Koskinen’s words. What is most telling in this exchange is that the IRS Commissioner, who was not a part of the corruption and the IRS targeting of Conservative non-profit groups, is acting in a political manner regurgitating Democrat talking points. Isn’t this what the IRS was originally accused of … acting as a political arm of the Democrats and the Obama White House? Powerline expands on this point as they state, “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is known as a “turnaround specialist” who helped rescue failed or failing enterprises. Unfortunately, it is clear from Koskinen’s strident testimony before Congress that he has no intention of turning the IRS around.”
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) Bill: “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act” Allows Taxpayers to Use Same Lame Excuses as IRS
WHY SHOULDN’T THE AMERICAN TAX PAYERS BE ALLOWED TO USE THE SAME EXCUSES AS THE IRS?
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) is introducing a bill to Congress that would allow “We the People” to be on the same footing as the IRS. After all, it is supposed to be a government of, by and for the people. The bill titled, “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act” would allow taxpayers who do not produce documents for the Internal Revenue Service to be able to offer a variety of dubious excuses similar to the same ones that the IRS offered to House investigators in the IRS scandal where the IRS purposely targeted conservative non-profit groups.
Feel free to come up with your own, maybe they can be submitted as amendments.
“The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves,” said Stockman. “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”
Under Stockman’s bill, “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:
1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?
The full text of the resolution follows:
The IRS Cancalled the Contract with Email-Storage Firm Sonasoft Weeks After Lerner’s Computer Hard Drive Crash
Another coincidence We the People are supposed to believe courtesy of the IRS …
If it was not bad enough that the computer hard drive crashed of former IRS employee Lois Lerner weeks after Congress made inquiries into IRS-gate, or that her hard drive was deemed irreparable and it was destroyed, now we learn the IRS cancelled its longtime relationship with Sonasoft, an email-storage contractor, just weeks after ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and shortly before other IRS officials’ computers allegedly crashed.Imagine that, cancelling the contract with the email archiving company when it is no longer a good thing to save emails.
Really? If one was to present this transcript to Hollywood for a movie it would be rejected as being too unbelievable.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cancelled its longtime relationship with an email-storage contractor just weeks after ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and shortly before other IRS officials’ computers allegedly crashed.
The IRS signed a contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving company based in San Jose, California, each year from 2005 to 2010. The company, which partners with Microsoft and counts The New York Times among its clients, claims in its company slogans that it provides “Email Archiving Done Right” and “Point-Click Recovery.” Sonasoft in 2009 tweeted, “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?”
Sonasoft was providing “automatic data processing” services for the IRS throughout the January 2009 to April 2011 period in which Lerner sent her missing emails.
Sorry, but this is too much to even attempt to believe. As stated at The Jawa Report, “the IRS scandal alone should be enough to bring down any administration (and would if this were a Republican administration.)”. The daily discoveries of what the IRS did are not mere coincidences, but instead a deliberate and concerted effort to eliminate evidence. It is a sad state of affairs in the United States when we have a government that is unaccountable to the People, can operate in such a manner that is above the law and a media that could care less to get to the bottom of the story because of the White House currently being occupied by a Democrat.
Where is Woodward and Bernstein?
The height of contempt and arrogance … IRS Commissioner John Koskinen does not think that an apology is owed for the lost Lois Lerner emails and the stonewalling by the IRS. Koskinen said he didn’t inform Congress immediately because he wanted to find out the full scope of the situation before reporting to them. But some how the Treasury Department and White House were notified in advance of Congress and the American people.
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said Friday that he does not owe an apology for computer crashes that resulted in the loss of emails connected to an ongoing probe.
“I don’t think an apology is owed,” Koskinen said during a tense hearing with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “Not a single email has been lost since the start of this investigation.”
Last week, the IRS acknowledged that the computer of Lois Lerner, the IRS employee at the center of the probe, experienced a hard drive crash in 2011, making some of her emails inaccessible for the investigation. Koskinen said the IRS is taking measures to restore the emails and noted that the loss took place before the investigation began.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) says during Friday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS scandal of targeting conservative non-profit organizations and the convenient IRS losing of Lois Lerners’s emails … “This is unbelievable. The apology that ought to be given is to the American tax payer, not to a government agency that is abusing it’s power.
Posted June 22, 2014 by Scared Monkeys
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