But while they say they are conducting a criminal investigation, what are the chances that this is not going to be a cover-up?
Finally! The Washington Post reports, “IRS watchdog reveals Lois Lerner missing emails now subject of criminal probe.”
The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.
“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.
He said they have also discovered the hard drives from the IRS’s email servers, but said because the drives are out of synch it’s not clear whether they will be able to recover anything from them.
“To date we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what the IRS has already produced to Congress to determine if we did in fact recover any new emails,” Mr. Camus said.
Democrats questioned the independence of Inspector General J. Russell George, who is overseeing the investigation, saying he’s injected politics into his work.
Rep. Gerald Connolly, Virginia Democrat, said Mr. George is refusing to turn documents over to him, prompting a heated reply.
“You’re not entitled to certain documents,” Mr. George said.
“Oh really? We’ll see about that, won’t we,” Mr. Connolly replied, saying that he questioned whether Mr. George could be trusted if he’s refusing to provide documents, yet is in charge of an investigation into whether the IRS stonewalled document requests.
For those of you who want a bit of background, here’s a reminder from the article about past lies:
The IRS belatedly told Congress it may have lost some of Ms. Lerner’s emails after her computer crashed, and asserted that the backup tapes didn’t exist.
But under questioning from Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Camus said it took him only two weeks to track down the backup tapes, and when he asked the IRS depository for them, the workers there said they’d never been contacted by the agency itself.
Republicans said that was stunning because IRS Commissioner John Koskinen repeatedly assured Congress the emails were irretrievably lost.
“I think they have misled or lied to the committee,” said Rep. John L. Mica, Florida Republican.
A bunch of IRS and former IRS officials should join John Koskinen in jail before this is done. Simply from the information in this article it’s clear he committed perjury before Congress, and the facts are falling in line with what so many of IT professionals said from the beginning: You don’t just “lose” years’ worth of emails without having the ability to recover them.
This was all a game of extend and pretend to push the full exposure of criminal activity past this President’s time in office. The corruption in DC is beyond repair, and the IRS is one of several agencies that simply needs to be shut down for good—the current staff is morally incapable of any kind of honest conduct in regards to the sensitive work they do.
As for Lois Lerner, she can share a cell with Mr. Koskinen, and should have all of her bonuses and pension benefits clawed back as she rots. These individuals have committed treason against the American People. They have misused one of the most powerful entities in our society. They have betrayed the public trust.
If DC won’t shut down these agencies, and if we can’t get an Article V Convention of States successfully conducted, it’s time to begin serious discussions on secession. Let the sociopaths play their games without us.