Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lois Lerner Warned IRS Employees to Hide Information from Congress

A newly released email from former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner, sent just as the tea party targeting scandal was erupting, warned colleagues to “be cautious” about what information they put in emails because it could be turned over to Congress.

“I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress ask asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails,” Ms. Lerner wrote in an April 9, 2013, message.

The message came less than two weeks after the IRS’s internal auditor shared a draft report with the agency accusing it of targeting tea party and conservative groups. A month after the email, Ms. Lerner would plant a question at a conference to reveal the scandal, just before the inspector general’s report was made public.

The email was turned over to the House oversight committee last week, more than a year after lawmakers sought it as part of their investigation into the IRS targeting.

Republicans said the email shows Ms. Lerner was aware Congress was probing the agency and that she was preparing to intentionally hide agency discussions from lawmakers.

Ms. Lerner’s emails have become a major scandal in and of themselves after the IRS revealed that her computer hard drive crashed in 2011, causing the agency to lose thousands of her messages.

The IRS went back and tried to recover some of the messages by asking others on the email chain to dig through their mailboxes, but the agency acknowledged some messages may be permanently lost.

Some Republicans have questioned whether the IRS took enough steps to try to recover the emails from the hard drive in 2011.

Read More at the Washington Times:
Lois Lerner Invokes the 5th Amendment

IRS agents testify before Congress. The orders came from Washington.

 The IRS's evolving Story on targeting conservatives. 

 Part of the targeting involved leaking confidential information about conservative groups  to the press

The Democrat Party used the agencies of the government to silence and intimidate it's political opponents.

Read More:
 Senate Dems Have as Much to Explain as the IRS 
Key Senate Democrats publicly pressured the IRS to target groups that held differing political views.
IRS Office That Targeted Tea Party Also Disclosed Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups

Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

JW Obtains Records: IRS’ Lerner Disclosed Confidential Information about Tax Status of Conservative Groups to FEC
 The videos in my blog also have links to many articles on the IRS scandal