I have officially reached that point in my life when the Progressives — if they had anything worth hearing, I probably wouldn’t bother. I have reached that point in my understanding of political means that there are some, or, most people who will cash in on anything — good for America or bad for America…right Barack Obama? Something I thought I would never admit to but I am placed in a position where I must, for my own dignity — that the current sitting president is without question a racist.
The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner’s emails has concluded that there could be as many as 24,000 missing emails, according to written congressional testimony obtained by CNN.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George and his deputy, Timothy Camus, will tell the House Oversight Committee on Thursday that their investigation was able to recover more than 1,000 emails the IRS did not turn over to Congress, according to the written testimony.
Lerner was the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of allegations that the agency targeted tea party groups applying for nonprofit status. Congress requested Lerner’s emails from the IRS and agency officials told lawmakers an unknown number of emails had been lost when Lerner’s computer crashed.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has notified House Speaker John Boehner that it won’t bring contempt of Congress charges against Lois Lerner, former Internal Revenue Service official who asserted her right to decline to answer questions during a congressional hearing.
The letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office only applies to the contempt issue. The ongoing Justice Department probe continues to look into possible wrongdoing in the IRS targeting of conservative and other groups. Law enforcement sources have said that probe hasn’t yielded evidence to warrant charges, but the case remains open.
Former U.S. Attorney Ron Machen left office on Tuesday and he sent the letter before leaving.
An attorney for Lerner said his client was pleased the matter is resolved.
“We are gratified but not surprised by today’s news,” said William W. Taylor III in a statement. “Anyone who takes a serious and impartial look at this issue would conclude that Ms. Lerner did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights.” Everyone hear that? One cannot evoke one’s 5th Amendment rights, and yet proceed in testifying.
“Prior to our investigation and our efforts to recover Ms. Lerner’s missing e-mails; the IRS did not search for, review or examine the two separate sources of backup tapes, the server hard drives, or the loaner laptops that ultimately produced new, previously undisclosed e-mails,” according to the testimony.
Thursday’s hearing will focus in part on why the IRS did not search through those additional sources, a senior committee aide said. (It is believed that they main have learned new ways with all credit going to Mrs. Clinton.
Lawmakers will also work to establish a clear timeline of events starting when President Barack Obama said in February 2014 that the IRS scandal did not have “even a smidgen of corruption.”
The committee wants to know what IRS Commissioner John Koskinen knew and when, the aide said. The inspector general’s testimony said the more than 400 backup tapes most likely to have contained the missing emails were erased in March 2014 — a month after the IRS realized it was missing some of Lerner’s emails.
But the independent investigation “did not uncover evidence that the erasure was done … to destroy evidence or conceal information from Congress,” according to the written testimony. The inspector general is wrapping up the investigation and noted there’s a “remote possibility” that they may find additional emails, according to the testimony. Camus said previously that officials are examining the possibility of criminal activity. (Gee! You Reckon?)