As you are probably aware, the IRS claimed that the Lois Lerner emails got lost, without any back up, through a computer hard drive crash. In fact, this happened to several other employees.
The idea that federal records could disappear without a trace, records that the IRS was legally obligated to store, seemed insane. It is insane. So Congress ordered the IRS to search for the files to see if they could retrieve all or some of them.
Nothing turned up…
Because the IRS never looked.
As Katie Pavlich writes at Townhall.com, “IRS Admits: We Haven’t Bothered to Search For Lois Lerner’s ‘Missing’ Emails.”
According to a release from government Watch Dog Judicial Watch, the IRS hasn’t even bothered to look for “missing” emails belonging to former head of tax exempt organizations Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the targeting scandal. As a reminder, the IRS said in June that two years of Lerner’s emails were lost in a hard drive crash.
The admission from the IRS that officials haven’t gone looking for emails comes after Judicial Watch made a “request that a federal court judge allow discovery into how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved.” Essentially, the IRS is doing everything it can to run out the clock on the scandal and the investigation.
And, essentially, they are getting away with all of it. Congress is letting them. Instead of promises to play nice with this criminal administration, Congress should have already moved to put people in jail. It is insane for Congress to allow such open criminality and disrespect for all authority to be permitted. No matter how angry people get at the Administration, they are going to get just as enraged by a Congress that allows the Administration’s minions to defy the law.
Yesterday Senator Mitch McConnell, who will be voted the new Majority Leader next week, said he is interested in pursuing the IRS scandal further once Republicans take their seats in Congress early next year.
I’m not thrilled that Katie has joined the mainstream media in declaring McConnell’s position as Majority Leader to be a done deal. But I’ll leave that aside in this post. McConnell’s interest “in pursuing the IRS scandal further” does not sound like much. We need to convince him that, even though he has spoken softly, to use a bigger stick.