Issa: The IRS Probably Has Some Of Lerner’s Back-ups – But They’re ‘Not Sure What To Tell Us’ (Video)

In closed testimony before the House Oversight Committee, last week, Thomas Kane, the IRS’s deputy associate chief counsel, said the IRS may not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner’s emails after all.

In testimony released Monday, Kane told House Oversight investigators  that “the agency was examining whether all the back-up tapes which held the emails have been recycled.”

Via the Hill:

The IRS told lawmakers in June that the tapes had been recycled, one of the reasons that an untold number of Lerner’s emails were missing. Since then, the IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, has repeatedly stood by those statements in congressional testimony.

But Kane, the top IRS official in charge of producing documents for Congress, said on Thursday that: “I don’t know if there is a backup tape with information on it or there isn’t. I know that there’s an issue out there about it.”

“It’s an issue that’s being looked at,” Kane also said.

The reason why the IRS lawyer is hedging is because the agency is required by law to back up its emails.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the Oversight Committee told Greta Van Susteren, Monday evening, “they didn’t take our order to preserve documents ….they obviously didn’t gather the documents, they didn’t take care, and they’re not sure if they’ve got tapes hanging around that contain these back ups. As a matter of fact, their change – if you will – in this transcribed interview – really tells us there probably have some (documents) and they’re not sure what to tell us they have, because they’re not sure what they have yet, and that’s why this is taking so long, why the Commissioner is back and why Elijah Cummings continues to say there’s nothing there, when in fact they haven’t been able to tell us yet what really is there.”
Greta asked about the other crashed hard drives that have been reported.
“There are more crashed hard drives, Issa answered, “there’s more questions about people that  regularly corresponded with Lois Lerner, who regularly were part of this targeting of conservatives for their views who now seem to have problems with their computers and as a result – again – an absence of accountability.”
At Hot Air, Allahpundit says “we’ve reached a sufficiently high level of implausibility now” in regards to the serial computer crashes.

Assuming the data isn’t recovered and no one is punished, as seems likely, this is a get-out-of-jail-free card for the next president’s administration, no? If some Democratic Senate oversight committee demands to see e-mails from President Christie’s underlings and the reply comes back that the hard drives were all corrupted, what’s the grounds for complaint?IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.

The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.

 

Greta closed the segment by mentioning the two “no nonsense” judges who are now on the case – prompting a huge grin from Issa.

Newly Released Emails Show Lois Lerner Tried To Hide Online Conversations From Congress (Video)

Newly released emails from IRS Arch Villainess Lois Lerner, were the star attraction at a House Oversight Committee hearing,  Wednesday.  The emails, which are from an exchange that took place between Lerner and  IRS IT employee Maria Hooke, and Nanette Downing, the Director of Exempt Organizations, were dumped on Congress at 4:00 pm on July 3rd according to Rep. Jordan in the video below – which is just how this Regime rolls.

The emails clearly show Lerner trying to find a way to engage in conversations online with fellow conspirators away from the the prying eyes of Congress.

Warning staff to “be cautious” about what they said in email, she explored other ways to communicate online in secret.  She asked IT if chat conversations on the internal instant messaging service would be saved in a searchable format.

When she was informed that the data could only be saved if someone copied and pasted them to a file or email, Lerner replied “perfect”.

 

Hmmm!

Via Truth Revolt:

Not a smidgen of corruption, all right. What we’ve got here is a  boatload of corruption.

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The Noisy Room: The IRS Is Playing Hide And Seek With Emails:

I stand with Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who bravely asked why it has taken six months to get any of these emails. Establishing a chain of evidence is required here and this level of stonewalling is not just egregious, it’s ridiculous in the extreme. It is obvious that Lerner is trying to hide and destroy evidence. She is hoping to run out the clock, until some new emergency takes the limelight off her sullied visage. Lerner is sticking to her bogus line, claiming that the computer that sent the emails crashed and burned and the backup tapes were destroyed after six months. But you see, emails are forever, so no one believes that. Nor do we believe that six of her colleagues magically had the same thing happen to them – it’s just coincidental they were all involved in the scandal. And where did those emails go? I’m sure whoever received them has copies somewhere as well.

The GOP has been addressing this item though. I asked the GOP specifically about this issue: “I understand they are still gathering info on the matter. However, while they are doing so, shouldn’t they be subpoenaing people who also received emails from the individuals who claim that their emails were lost? I think we all know those emails are being hid and/or destroyed. My husband and I are both in IT and this doesn’t meet the smell test even remotely.” The answer:

Both the Oversight & Government Reform and Ways and Means Committees have asked for the emails between personnel, Lois Lerner and one of the five document custodians from the White House, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, EPA, FEC, and OSHA. To date, the White House has produced a very limited number; The Treasury Department has produced nearly 4,000 emails; and DoJ is in the process of producing its emails.

Whistleblower: I Experienced “Harassment” After Contacting WH Official Rob Nabors With VA Concerns (Video)

Via AoSHQThe VA itself is “examining” 67 claims of retaliation against whistleblowers.

Meanwhile, a doctor at the veterans hospital in Phoenix says she was harassed and humiliated after complaining about problems at the hospital, where dozens of veterans died while on waiting lists for appointments.Dr. Katherine Mitchell said the hospital’s emergency room was severely understaffed and couldn’t keep up with “the dangerous flood of patients” there. Dr. Mitchell, a former co-director of the Phoenix VA hospital’s ER, said in testimony prepared for the House committee that strokes, heart attacks, internal head bleeding and other serious medical problems were missed by staffers “overwhelmed by the glut of patients.”

Her complaints about staffing problems were ignored, Dr. Mitchell said, and she was transferred, suspended and reprimanded.

Jim Nabors is the White House official Obama sent to Phoenix to oversee a review of the VA health care system after allegations of delayed care  led to patient deaths and a cover-up by top administrators.

If you’re like me, you were thinking,  *cough*whitewash*cough*cover-up*cough*

Via The Washington Free Beacon: 

Veterans Affairs employee and whistleblower Scott Davis discussed “harassment” he endured after revealing concerns about the embattled department to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors Tuesday at a Veterans Affairs Committee hearing.

“The harassment I have experienced at the HEC from top levels of management include my whistleblower complaint to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors was leaked to my manager Sherry Williams, who stated in writing, that she was contacting me on behalf of Acting Secretary [Sloan] Gibson and Mr. Rob Nabors,” he said. “Neither Mr. Gibson nor Mr. Nabors have responded to this fact.”

Davis said he contacted Nabors about four weeks ago with various problems, including mismanagement of health programs, scheduling issues and enrollment system shortcomings.

“As the point of contact for the White House, I wanted him to be aware of what was going on in our office,” Davis said. “After sending that information to Mr. Nabors, I did not receive a response. I subsequently contacted the office of Deputy Chief of Staff Anita Breckenridge. I also did not receive a response, until after receiving notification from Ms. Sherry Williams that she was contacting me on behalf of the acting secretary and Mr. Rob Nabors. This surprised me that Ms. Williams would do this because she is a former OIG representative.”

I think I’ve lost the ability to feel shocked and outraged anymore.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing is ongoing, Tuesday night, here. 

 

Cruz Calls For Investigation of MS Runoff: “It Would Be Abominable If Repubs Were Involved In Voter Fraud”

“What happened in Mississippi was appalling,” said Senator Ted Cruz on the Mark Levin Radio Show Monday evening. “Primaries are always rough and tumble but the conduct of the Washington DC machine in the Mississippi run-off machine was incredibly disappointing.”

“In that race,” he continued, “we know some things – and then there are even more serious allegations that have been raised. What we know at the outset, is that Chris McDaniel won a sizable majority of the votes from Republicans in the runoff. But the DC machine spent hundreds of millions of dollars urging some 30,000 to 40,000 partisan Democrats to vote in the runoff and they changed the outcome.”

Cruz made sure to note that “all of us want to grow the party,” adding, “but what the DC machine did was not to grow the party – the ads they ran were racially charged false attacks and they were explicit promises to continue to expand the welfare state. And nobody has suggested that the Democrats who voted in the primary will actually vote Republican in the general election. Instead, they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was.”

As unprincipled and wrong as that was, more troubling are the serious allegations of voter fraud, Cruz continued. “And I very much hope that no Republican was involved with voter fraud.”

He said, “these allegations need to be vigorously investigated and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted. The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth.”

After the break, Cruz repeated his call for an investigation and his hope that no Republicans were involved in it. “I think it would be abominable if Republicans were involved in voter fraud,” he concluded.

Let me tell you something. The Stupid Party better wise up real fast, because what happened in Mississippi was so nasty, so corrupt, and rotten, it could seriously derail their chances of retaking the Senate.

I have the same sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I had when Todd Akin irredeemably botched an abortion question during the 2012 election season.  The Democrat party was having some success with their manufactured Republican War on Women narrative and Akin walked right into a mine field with his “legitimate rape” comment. He needed to step down and let another Republican take his place in the wake of the firestorm. But he refused. And he lost. I knew he would lose.  Missouri was sentenced to another six years of Claire McCaskill – a tragic outcome could have been avoided.

The GOP establishment seems to have no idea how disgusted and enraged the conservative base is about their corrupt  tactics in the Mississippi runoff. If they were smart, they would ask Cochran to step down and let the younger, sharper, and more popular Republican Chris McDaniel take his place.

All would be forgotten. (Of course, if any laws were broken, those involved would need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.) But if Cochran is the candidate , he cannot be considered a sure thing in the general – in fact, my gut is telling me he’ll lose. And frankly, he deserves to.

And that makes retaking the Senate all the more difficult.

Republicans may have succeeded in making themselves their own worst enemy in the Fall by refusing to yield any ground at all to any already weary base.

“This infighting has taken its toll,” said Amy Walter, a national political analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Republicans “are not as enthusiastic as they were in 2010. Even they are a little bit disillusioned by what’s been happening over the last couple years.”

That also means Republican candidates are not getting the benefit of the doubt among independent voters as they did in 2010, Walter added.

 

Darrell Issa: The DOJ Is Holding Up The Criminal Investigation of IRS Scandal (Video)

The Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said on Fox News, this morning, that the investigation into the IRS political targeting scandal is being held up by the Justice Department. 

“How long will the Justice Department not take on this case?” Issa asked.

“She broke rules, she broke the law and continues to hide under the Fifth Amendment, which is her right,” Issa told Fox, “she is in fact a person who has been referred for criminal prosecution.”

He added, “my colleague, Elijah Cummings continues to say that this case is over, and has been saying that for over a year, but it’s amazing that until the Justice Department actually does a criminal investigation – hopefully with a special prosecutor – the American people aren’t going to believe for a moment, that in fact, no one is at fault, here – this was just an accident – some rogue people in Cincinnati as Lois and the president would have had you believe.”

The California Republican expressed his hope that political pressure from the mid-term elections would prompt federal attorneys to “go through the motions” of presenting Congress’ contempt charge to a grand jury for possible indictment.

A good follow up to that would have been, “and what if they don’t even do that much?” Because I seriously doubt they will. The GOP will allow itself to be stonewalled into perpetuity.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Judicial Watch: IRS Officials Have “Pinned Themselves Into A Corner” (Video)

Judicial Watch’s   Chris Farrell appeared on Justice with Judge Jeanine with fill-in host Kimberly Guilfoyle, Saturday night.  Due to Judicial Watch’s efforts,  the IRS will have  to face a federal judge in court on July 10, 2014 to explain why the tax agency didn’t inform the court that Lois Lerner’s emails had been lost even though the agency had knowledge of the missing emails and of other IRS officials’ missing emails.

Via Gateway Pundit:

“We’ve been involved in litigation for months now. In fact, the revelations that have come about are because of our litigation to force the IRS to produce records… They never mentioned to us or the court about the supposedly lost emails. So, we forced them into court. They need to appear on July 10… The real problem with the IRS in this case is they’ve been in communication with the court and they have never told the court about these missing or lost emails. So they’ve made what appear to be false and misleading statements to the court about the records themselves and how they’re producing them to us. They’ve pinned themselves in a corner. They are in real trouble.”

 

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The Conversation: IRS Officials To Face Judge Who Once Sicced a Special Prosecutor on the DOJ:

Former DOJ attorney Sidney Powell had nothing but high praise for Sullivan in her Friday piece in the NY Observer,  calling him “a federal judge who has the integrity and fortitude to seek Justice.”

Turns out, Judge Sullivan is the judge who held federal prosecutors in contempt in the case of the unjust indictment against Senator Ted Stevens, which he dismissed.

Emmet G. Sullivan, a graduate of Howard University and Howard Law who was appointed by President Clinton, is one of the heroes of my new book, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Judge Sullivan ordered an independent investigation of the Department of Justice, which revealed its corrupted prosecution of United States Senator Ted Stevens.

In the book, I write, “An experienced trial judge, Sullivan was a distinguished man and widely held in high regard. He was no ordinary federal judge; he had worked hard all his life on several different courts and had been appointed by three presidents representing both political parties. . . . He had great respect for the rule of law and strived to apply it equally and fairly in all cases in his courtroom.”

In the Stevens case, Judge Sullivan publicly upbraided the government lawyers before an overflow courtroom, “In nearly 25 years on the bench, I’ve never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I’ve seen in this case. . . . When the government does not meet its obligations to turn over evidence, the system falters.”

Video: Cruz Calls On Atty Gen Eric Holder to Appoint Special Prosecutor In IRS Scandal Or Be Impeached

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is continuing his push to shame Atty General Eric Holder into appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups.

He  requested unanimous consent on a resolution calling for the DOJ to appoint a special prosecutor and called for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder if he fails to appoint a special prosecutor.

“Americans need a guarantee that the IRS will never be used again to target an Administration’s political enemies,” Sen. Cruz said. “It saddens me that there is not one Democrat in this body who has had the courage to stand up to his or her own party and say that using the IRS to target citizens for their political beliefs is wrong. We need a special prosecutor with meaningful independence to make sure justice is served and our constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, and privacy are protected.”

The Senator added, “If Attorney General Eric Holder does not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS, the House should use its power to impeach him. Impeding justice is intolerable and he should not be permitted to refuse the American people a true investigation into the actions of those who used the machinery of government to target, intimate, and silence them for politically driven reasons.”

Sen. Cruz said that refusal to appoint a special prosecutor rises to the level of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ which are offenses the U.S. Constitution identifies as grounds for removing Senate-confirmed officials.

The failure to fully investigate and prosecute individuals for the illegal targeting of political organizations is just one of many offenses committed by Attorney General Holder. While he has been Attorney General:

  • DOJ was at the center of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal that led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The House of Representatives voted him in contempt of Congress two years ago.
  • DOJ has refused to enforce federal immigration laws, federal healthcare laws, federal welfare laws, and federal drug laws as written by Congress.
  • DOJ attempted to bring the 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Manhattan to be tried on U.S. soil.
  • DOJ gave the Obama Administration the green light to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay without giving proper notice to Congress.
  • DOJ helped secretly obtain the phone records of journalists at Fox News and the Associated Press.

 Interesting move, but I don’t think impeachment should ever be off the table when it comes to this corrupt attorney general.

George Will Explains Why We Need A Special Prosecutor For IRS Scandal (Video)

Conservative Commentator George Will explained the six reasons why he thinks a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the IRS scandal on Fox News Sunday.

Number six: “Now we know not just her hard drive but six other people intimately involved in this suddenly crashed in an amazing, miraculous coincidence – religions have been founded on less – 10 days after the investigation started.”

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George F. Will, Washington Post: Stopping a lawless president:

Congress’s authorization, which would affirm an institutional injury rather than some legislators’ personal grievances, satisfies the first criterion. Obama’s actions have fulfilled the rest by nullifying laws and thereby rendering the Constitution’s enumeration of Congress’s power meaningless.

The House has passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) that would guarantee expedited consideration by federal courts of House resolutions initiating lawsuits to force presidents to “faithfully execute” laws. But as a bill, it is impotent unless and until Republicans control the Senate and a Republican holds the president’s signing pen.

Some say the judicial branch should not intervene because if Americans are so supine that they tolerate representatives who tolerate such executive excesses, they deserve to forfeit constitutional government. This abstract doctrine may appeal to moralists lacking responsibilities. For the judiciary, it would be dereliction of the duty to protect the government’s constitutional structure. It would be perverse for courts to adhere to a doctrine of congressional standing so strict that it precludes judicial defense of the separation of powers.

The Daily Caller: IRS CANCELLED Contract with Email-Storage Firm Weeks After Lerner’s Computer Crash

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?”
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But Sonasoft’s six-year business relationship with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the close of fiscal year 2011, as congressional investigators began looking into the IRS conservative targeting scandal and IRS employees’ computers started crashing left and right.

The Conversation: ‘Not A Smidgen of Corruption’ in IRS Scandal – And If You Think Otherwise You’re A Conspiracy Nut

There’s not a “smidgen of corruption” in the IRS scandal, and if you believe otherwise, you’re a paranoid winger who believes in wacky conspiracy theories. That’s the narrative being pushed by the Obama White House, Democrat congressmen and Dem strategists in the wake of the latest highly suspicious developments in the scandal.

Paul Ryan to IRS Commish: ‘I Don’t Believe You!’ (Video)

Here’s some red meat for your Friday – Paul Ryan giving IRS Comissioner John Koskinen the business at Friday morning’s Ways and Means Committee hearing.

“I’m sitting here listening to this testimony and I don’t believe it. That’s your problem. I don’t believe it.”

… … …

Koskinen: ” I have a long career – that is the first time anybody has said that they do not believe me.

Ryan: “I don’t believe you.”

Fireworks….

“Let him answer the question!” a Dem wagon-circler interjected at one point. “I didn’t ask him a question!” Ryan exclaimed in disgust.

He wanted to vent, and was not interested in hearing Koskinen lame protestations.


Somebody is thinking about running for president.

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I was willing to entertain the possibility that when he took over for Miller in 2013 Koskinen would be an honest actor. But when he decided back in February to reinstate millions in bonuses to IRS employees to “boost morale” at a time when the agency should have been tightening its belt, I began to have my doubts.

Now, it’s obvious – Koskinen is a company man. He’s all in for the Regime.

Context: I’m told Ryan  followed a Dem member of the Black Caucus who had “apologized” to Koskinen for the uncivil way the barbaric Republicans were treating him at the hearing. That explains Ryan’s opening comments.

Issa: Lerner Broke the Law When She Decided Not To Recover Hard Drive (Video)

House Oversight and Reform Chairman Darrell Issa told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, Thursday night, that the IRS broke the law when they recycled or destroyed a disc without informing the National Archives. At a bare minimum they have violated the Federal Records Act – but obviously – many suspect more nefarious crimes have been and are perhaps still in the process of being committed.

Issa said,  “I think the American public gets it that when a disk drive –quote – crashes, the data is still there and competent authorities can recover virtually, if not all, of that data. It’s clear that this disk drive went to the bone yard at a convenient time with convenient information.”

“The Federal Records Act required that these records be retained,” he said in answer to Greta’s question as to whether or not what the IRS did was intentional. “When they – recycled or destroyed the disk without informing the National Archives, they violated the law. The National Archives has now opened an investigation completely separate from ours into this series of wrongful destructions.”

” I had a conversation with the archivist, Issa continued. “His people train all of government on what to do and if your policy is not to retain on your servers past six months, which is what we now understand, and you tell your individual high-ranking officials they should retain the appropriate documents under the Federal Records Act, then you know those drives contain that.

Greta wanted to know if he thought the IRS lost emails deliberately. Issa chose his words carefully.”The person who made the decision not to have this drive recovered is the person who took the fifth. Lois Lerner.”

Greta suggested that Issa might want to move his focus to the receiving end of the emails.

Issa, replied, “Every email she sent out went to somebody on the other end. The problem is, except for the NSA under this administration, who has all those emails?”

Greta pressed Issa to issue subpoenas to all the entities on the receiving end of Lerner’s emails, but the Oversight Chairman was reluctant to go on a “fishing expedition” like his predecessor Henry Waxman often did.

“We would like to be pragmatic and positive and reasonable,” Issa said. “But right now when the IRS falsely holds this information back, that they knew under multiple commissioners, our first responsibility – Dave Camp and myself – is to put the commissioner in front of us and ask him what did he know and when did he know it and why didn’t he tell us?”

Greta reminded Issa that he testified in February “and he didn’t tell you then and apparently they’re supposed to know it by then.” Issa said that IRS Commissioner Koskinen was “clearly not forthcoming and he was right on the edge of perjury when he told our committee that, in fact, it could take up to two years to get this data, when he knew at that point, it could take up to forever.”

If ever a fishing expedition were warranted – it’s right now.

The Republicans should not be holding back but employing a scorched earth campaign to find the truth until it is all destroyed.

Megyn Kelly spoke with cyber security expert, Morgan Wright and  ACLJ Attorney Jay Sekulow about all the latest in the scandal -(which by the way, all the other networks are almost completely ignoring.)

It turns out,  chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, Nikole Flax (who was scheming with Lerner and the DOJ to prosecute conservative groups) visited the White House two days after Lerner made her big announcement about IRS wrongdoing in May of 2013.

When Megyn Kelly noted late into the interview that the White House has come out and said they have no emails between the White House office and Lois Lerner,  Seklow said Flax was the conduit between the White House and the IRS. Congress should check THOSE emails.

Question: How does the FBI investigate this when the head of the DOJ is corrupt and complicit in the cover-up?

Issa: We Believe These (IRS) Emails Can Be Found (Video)

Appearing on Fox and Friends, this morning, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) expressed hope that the missing IRS emails would be found after channeling  Ricky Ricardo from “I Love Lucy” to explain his reaction to the lost emails.

“You know, I think back to the old black-and-white series with Lucille Ball when Ricky Ricardo would say, ‘Lucy, you got some ’splaining to do.’ The IRS has some ’splaining to do,” the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform committee said.

The revelation that the IRS had lost  two years of emails  (coincidentally! ) within the precise time frame Republicans were seeking – came during last week’s Friday afternoon document dump.

Issa subpoenaed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to testify before the committee, Monday.

And yesterday, Republicans revealed that the IRS had also lost the emails of  about six more employees.

In a press release Camp reveals that the emails of 6 other individuals have also gone missing. Only one of the six is mentioned by name.  Nikole Flax was the Chief of Staff to Deputy Commissioner Steve Miller. Miller was later promoted to acting Commissioner and then resigned last May amid fallout from the scandal.

Flax, it turns out, was a frequent White House visitor between July 2010 and May of 2013  which (coincidentally!) is when the IRS scandal broke.

Issa expressed his hope that the emails would be  found – “unless the IRS and Lois Lerner have made sure they can’t be found.” But added, “we expect that forensics will get them.”

He told Fox and Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck,“the commissioner knew or should have known that this had already occurred, they they were getting us data through other sources and failed to tell us month after month. It’s contemptible and he’s going to have some answering to do, but so are people up and down the IRS.”

“The emails we have, Elizabeth, show that, in fact, these people were trying to overturn a Supreme Court decision and target conservative groups because they don’t like what conservatives say; that’s at the heart of this,” Issa said. “If Lois Lerner is the kingpin, so be it. But if we can’t see the connection in her emails fully, we won’t know all the people that worked with her to target unfairly Americans for what they believe, what they say and what they want to associate with.”

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David French, NRO: No Wonder the IRS Is ‘Losing’ E-mails: It Was Trying to Throw Innocent Conservatives in Jail:

The scale of the wrongdoing is staggering. Targeting Americans for criminal investigation without evidence, attempting to enlist multiple federal agencies in the effort, selective audits, selective disclosures of confidential documents, selective questioning and delays of nonprofit applicants — all in the service of suppressing dissent. At the ACLJ, I’m one of the attorneys in our litigation — on behalf of 41 conservative groups in 22 states — against the IRS and key IRS officials.

As of today, we’re putting the DOJ, FEC, and even key Democratic senators on notice: They’re bound by law to preserve any communications with IRS officials that would be discoverable in our lawsuit.

The administration’s misconduct and its cover-up are so brazen, so contemptuous of common sense and the truth, that they will — once and for all — put the media and the Left to the test: When it comes to this administration, does the rule of law matter at all? Does the truth matter at all? Or is it all about ideology now?

Do you have to ask?

 

 

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: Nixon a Piker compared to Obama

IRS Scandal – IRS Claims To Have Lost Over 2 Years Of Lois Lerner’s Emails From “Computer Crash”:

Via the Wall Street Journal:

In the course of collecting and producing Ms. Lerner’s additional emails, the IRS determined her hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, Ms. Lerner asked IRS IT professionals to restore her hard drive, but they were unable to do so. Nonetheless, the IRS has or will produce 24,000 Lerner emails from this 2009-2011 time period, largely from the files of the other 82 individuals.

IRS Claims Lost Over 2 Years Of Lois Lerner’s Emails Special Report Lightning Round:

Truth Revolt, Bill Whittle Firewall: Why Benghazi Matters:

 Washington Free Beacon: Obama’s War On Strawmen:

The president unleashes his favorite logical fallacy and then declares triumphant victory.

PJTV – Poor Hillary: Clinton Pleads Poverty Notwithstanding Her ‘Richest 1%’ Lifestyle:

MSNBC Goes Beyond Self-Parody: Guest: Time to work on gender equity in Iraq..

Speaking with fellow liberal Professor James Peterson, Dyson made it clear he certainly didn’t want to come off as “nasty” with that line of attack.

“We don’t want to be nasty and vicious here, but are the Republicans interested in a perpetual state of war?” he asked. “Because it seems like they are always, with this chest-pumping, patriarchal character, trying to thrust us [into one.]“

Peterson said earlier in the segment there was “gender equity” work, among other areas, that needed to be done in the Middle East that went beyond military intervention.

Dogs Annoying Cats with Their Friendship – Huffington Post:

Watch Hagel Get Defensive When Congressman Asks Why Bergdahl Is Still In Germany (Video)

There were some fireworks at the House Armed Services hearing, yesterday, when Florida Republican Congressman Jeff Miller questioned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel got offended when Miller asked why the administration was still keeping Bergdahl isolated in a Army base hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Members on both sides of the aisle – including Miller – wanted answers from Hagel as to why the White House neglected to inform them of the release of the five high risk Taliban commanders for the deserter, Bergdahl — as required by federal law. Hagel’s answer – essentially that time was of the essence – failed to satisfy most of the congressmen.

Things heated up when Miller asked Hagel why  Bergdahl  is still stuck at the Landstuhl Army base in Germany, unable to be questioned.

Transcript via Daily Caller:

“You keep saying we can’t get the facts from Sgt. Bergdahl until he returns home,” the lawmaker asked. “Have you ever thought about going to Landstuhl and talking to him there?”

“Well I don’t know how much medical training you had, congressman,” Hagel replied. “I haven’t had much. what we’re doing is we’re allowing –”

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute,” Miller interrupted. “Why hasn’t he been returned to the United States? We have seriously wounded soldiers that have returned to the United States almost immediately after they are stabilized . . . You’re trying to tell me that he’s being held in Landstuhl, Germany because of his medical condition?”

“Congressman, I hope you’re not implying anything other than that,” Hagel replied. “The fact — ”

I’m just asking the question!” Miller pushed back.

“I’m gonna give you an answer too,” the Defense Secretary said angrily. “I don’t like the implication of the question! He’s being held there because our medical professionals don’t believe he’s ready until they believe he’s ready to take the next step to rehabilitation.”

“So you’re telling me he cannot be questioned because of his condition?” Miller later asked.

“I’m telling you that the medical professions that rely on their judgment for his health — which I assume everybody respects — have made the determination and will make the determination that when he is ready to move and move to the next step, which most likely in San Antonio, then we can proceed,” Hagel concluded. “That’s what I’m saying.”

If the issue is Bergdahl’s psychological condition, why does Hagel keep saying it’s a medical doctor’s call?

Here’s the implication of the question, in case there was any doubt: There is now widespread suspicion that there is witness tampering going on at that army base in Germany – that Bergdahl is being told exactly what to say as instructed by a “hand-picked”, “very devoted team”.

Sadly,  we will probably never know what happened to Bowe Bergdahl during his captivity.

Fox News Bombshell: Regime Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack While It Was Happening

In an explosive interview on Fox News’ Special Report, Wednesday, Eric Stahl, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, told Bret Baier that  U.S. spy agencies were able to hear terrorists making phone calls to their superior commanding officers while the attack on the consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi was taking place on September 11, 2012. The reason the communications were easily intercepted is because the attackers were using State Department cell phones they had seized during the attacks.

It wasn’t weeks, days, or even hours before the “fog of war” had cleared and the Regime could piece together what had happened. They knew in real time - as it was happening – that it was a terrorist attack because they heard the terrorists themselves talking on their own State Dept cellphones.

Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.

In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused” by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”

Stahl also told Baier that his crew could have reached Benghazi in time to have played a role in rescuing the victims of the assault, given their alert status and location – but they were never asked to do so.

“You would’ve thought that we would have had a little bit more of an alert posture on 9/11,” Stahl added. “A hurried-up timeline probably would take us [an] hour-and-a-half to get off the ground and three hours and fifteen minutes to get down there. So we could’ve gone down there and gotten them easily.”

What more, Stahl contends that a C 1-30 had been requested a month prior to 9/11 to be on stand-by at the airport, but that request had been denied.

Watch the video – as Major Stahl explains it, you can actually picture these CIA guys looking at each other and going “WTF?” while the Regime was pushing the YouTube video narrative.

Of course, it took nearly two years for anyone to interview any of these guys.

That sham Accountability Review Board, of course, somehow missed them.

 

I can’t believe Hillary Clinton would even think of  running for president with this FUBAR cover-up on her record. What nerve.

As for Obama… #IMPEACH

Monday Catch-Up: SwapGate Continues to Appall

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There’s so much excrement hitting the fan on the Bergdahl thing, right now, I can bearly keep up. It just keeps getting worse.

I have to release some tabs, or  my computer is going to crash, so here we go, in no particular order:

Ralph Peters, NRO: Obama and the Mockery of Honor:

If a soldier who volunteered to serve in the military rapes or murders someone while in uniform, has he served honorably? Has Bradley Manning, who voluntarily joined the military and then betrayed his country by turning over hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks, served honorably? Did Benedict Arnold, another volunteer, serve with “honor and distinction”?

According to the logic of our national-security adviser, Susan Rice, they all did. Merely because they volunteered in the first place. Lieutenant Calley of My Lai Massacre fame? “Honor and distinction.”

Ms. Rice is aggressively stupid, immaculately clueless, and a disgrace to our system of government, but one does have to admire her tenacity. Late last week, Rice tried to extract herself from her effort to sell Private Bowe Bergdahl as a hero who served, as she had put in on ABC’s This Week, “with honor and distinction.” (The rank of private is correct, in that his promotions were phony.) In her attempted walkback, Rice claimed that anyone who ever signed on the dotted line had served honorably: “What I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing.”

If this administration cannot embrace our military, might it not at least stop insulting those in uniform? No soldier is finally judged to have served “with honor and distinction” until his or her service is complete. There’s a glaringly obvious reason for that.

Washington Times: Bergdahl’s parents got rare access to insiders; data for sympathizer of Gitmo detainees:

The Obama administration gave the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl extraordinary insider access to the military’s hunt for their son by having them take part in a series of secure video conferences with senior commanders as well as White House and State Department officials.

A former government official involved in American hostage issues said he had never heard of giving a family such access and questioned whether sensitive information could have been conveyed to Robert and Jani Bergdahl and somehow leaked out. A family spokesman said he knows of no such breach.

Mediaite: Bowe Bergdahl Reportedly Declines to Speak with His Family: 

According to one U.S. official. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has declined to speak with his family by phone after five years in the captivity of Taliban forces.

The report, which came Sunday from Wall Street Journal, also quotes the unnamed official as saying that doctors at a U.S. military hospital in Germany are treating Bergdahl slowly due to the firestorm of controversy surrounding his name stateside.

IJR: POW, Deserter or Traitor? Military Back Pay & Special Compensation for Bergdahl May Lead to Big Sum:

Alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl may receive compensation by the U.S. military for being held in captivity by the Taliban for five years, depending on how his status is classified.

(“Alleged” deserter my ass. The only thing “alleged” about this guy is his “Sgt.” rank.)

If Bergdahl is deemed to have been a “POW” and receives military backpay for his time of service, he could claim more than $300,000 from U.S. taxpayers.

Military.com breaks down the possible compensation scenarios:

Service members designated by the Defense Department as “captive, missing or missing in action” are entitled to receive back pay and allowances, officials said. Any additional pay and allowances earned such as promotions or special entitlements are not issued until they are officially recovered or classified as deceased.

Based on service length and known pay rates, Bergdahl’s back pay and hostile fire pay would be about $150,000.

If he is designated as a “Captive or Prisoner of War,” Bergdahl could also receive special compensation that would total about $148,000. The $148,000 would include Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), and station per diem over the past five years. This figure does not include interest these payments would have earned over the past five years.

AoSHQ: State Department Refuses to Say if Cash Payoff Was Part of Bergdahl Hostage Deal:

“Prisoner of war.”

A State Department spokeswoman on Monday would not say whether any cash ransom was paid for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.The question came in the midst of a flurry of questions about the circumstances surrounding the deal. A high-level intelligence officer familiar with the years-long hunt for Bergdahl told the Washington Free Beacon last week that a ransom was almost surely paid.

“I have not heard anything about cash, I’m happy to check,” said State spokeswoman Marie Harf when asked about the prospect at Monday’s press briefing.

It was at least the third time since last week that State has refused to confirm or deny that any cash changed hands.

This woman, Marie Larf, seems to be the White Susan Rice, except even dumber and more preposterous. She’ll claim anything on camera. And even when you catch her lying (as Andrea Mitchell, of all people, did in that clip), she just pretends that that was the point that she was trying to make all along.

Weasel Zippers: Nauseating: Obama State Department Refers To Taliban 5 As “Gentlemen”…

Via Weekly Standard:

A spokeswoman for the State Department referred to the Taliban operatives released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the deal to retrieve Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as “gentlemen.” In a Monday afternoon appearance with Andrew Mitchell on MSNBC, Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson at State and an alumna of the Obama campaign, argued with Mitchell over the question of whether or not Congress should have ben notified about the exchange before it occured. [...]

Rick Moran, PJ Media: Wife of Soldier Wounded While Looking for Bergdahl Asks ‘Which Guy Is the Hero’?

The wife of a soldier who was wounded and paralyzed while on a mission to find Bowe Bergdahl is asking, in a Facebook post, “Which guy is the hero”?

Shannon Allen, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen, wrote “Meet my husband, injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor. He can’t give an account of what went down, because he can no longer speak. Now, which guy is a ‘hero’ again?!? Sick.”

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Bergdahl’s family gets an invite to the White House to appear at a Rose Garden press avail with the president. What did Mrs. Allen and the other family members of those who fell looking for Bergdahl get?

They are non-people. They have been disappeared because their presence is inconvenient and unwanted. They don’t play into the narrative the White House would like the American people to believe: Sgt. Bergdahl served with honor and distinction; he’s a confused victim of circumstance who was near death when President Obama swooped in and rescued him. The price was high, but hey! We don’t leave anyone behind so shut up and sit down.

Meanwhile, the families quietly grieve over their loss — a loss not incurred as a result of combat that advanced America’s war effort, but in an attempt to bring one wayward soldier home who may have deserted his post and thrown in with the enemy.

IBD: Obama Gave Material Assistance To Our Taliban Enemy:

As former congressman and Afghanistan veteran Allen West points out, President Obama signed into law only months ago the National Defense Authorization Act, which makes it a crime to offer or provide any material support to terrorist groups. It makes no exception as to who and under which circumstances.

The Taliban is considered a non-state terrorist group to which Obama has returned five of the worst terrorists held at Guantanamo. They are not foot soldiers and this exchange was not at the end of a war, when prisoner swaps often happen. They are four-star general equivalents who will return to the battlefield to target and kill Americans again. If that’s not material assistance, what is?

“Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,” Obama said during a news conference in Poland.

But fear not, he said, because “we will be keeping eyes on them.” Oh, good, we can always risk more American lives on top of those already lost capturing them the first time.

“This is aiding and abetting the enemy, which goes along with the collusion of this administration with Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations and supplying weapons and arms to Islamists,” West wrote in the Washington Post.

NY Post: How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles:

The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons.

Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile.

They thought they had a surefire kill. But instead of bursting into flames, the Chinook just disappeared into the darkness as the American pilot recovered control of the aircraft and brought it to the ground in a hard landing.

The assault team jumped out the open doors and ran clear in case it exploded. Less than 30 seconds later, the Taliban gunner and his comrade erupted into flames as an American gunship overhead locked onto their position and opened fire.

The next day, an explosive ordnance disposal team arrived to pick through the wreckage and found unexploded pieces of a missile casing that could only belong to a Stinger missile.

Ben Barrack, Shoebat: CIA Director Accused Of Converting To Islam Pushed For Release Of Taliban Commanders:

According to the Daily Beast, Brennan – along with another interesting figure – have been pushing for the release of these five Taliban terrorist commanders since at least 2011:

For years, CIA Director John Brennan and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough were part of a small group of Obama administration officials who believed that five relatively high-ranking Taliban commanders could be released under certain conditions with manageable risk of harm to American interests. For years, senior defense and intelligence officials disagreed—and were poised to block a potential trade for the Taliban five and American hostage Bowe Bergdahl.

By 2014, many of the skeptics had left the Obama administration; Brennan, McDonough, and their allies assumed new roles at the very top of the Obama administration; and the White House and its allies at State were able to convince their replacements to sign off on the deal.

“All of us on the National Security team were unanimous in supporting and recommending that we take this opportunity,” National Security Advisor Susan Rice told CNN Friday. But for years, that was not the case and Brennan and McDonough were opposed to other senior officials.

Allen West: Bergdahl’s platoon survived Taliban attacks: will they survive Obama’s? (VIDEO):

The Obama administration appears to have a terrorist “hands off” list that permits individuals with extremist ties to enter the country, according to internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents obtained by a United States Senator.

It’s unimaginable that any government would do this, but it seems like the Obama administration is constantly breaking new ground. The disturbing details of this secret initiative were made public this week by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who has obtained DHS electronic mail discussing what could be a terrorist “hands off” list. The exchange includes a 2012 email chain between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking whether to admit an individual with ties to various terrorist groups. The individual had scheduled an upcoming flight into the U.S., according to an announcement issued by the senator.

The person was believed to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a close associate and supporter Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, according to the mail exchange obtained by Grassley’s office. The terrorist suspect had also been in secondary inspection “several dozen times of the past several years,” the agency emails reveal, but had not undergone a secondary inspection since 2010. This seems to imply that the suspect has been on the U.S. government’s radar for some time.

It gets better. The DHS emails also reveal that this particular terrorism suspect has actually taken legal action against the U.S., presumably because authorities violated the hands off policy. The subject “has sued CBP twice in the past and that he’s one of the several hands off passengers nationwide,” according to the DHS emails obtained by Senator Grassley’s office. The documents go on to say that the terrorist’s records were removed and that the DHS Secretary (at the time Janet Napolitano) was involved in the matter.

Watcher of Weasels: Forum: Should Bowe Bergdahl Be Tried For Desertion? Will He Be?

 This week’s question:Should Bowe Bergdahl Be Tried For Desertion? Will He Be?

Robert AvrechSeraphic Secret: Bode Bergdahl should have a fair trial — and then he should face a firing squad. Will this happen? Nope. Obama will make sure this ghastly excuse for an American will never have to answer for his treason.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Absolutely. Maybe even other charges too.

Yet for now – right now – we don’t know that he was a deserter yet. We only know that he was AWOL.

An earlier Pentagon report says he had a habit of wandering off base in CONUS and the Stan.

Now this may indeed mean he’s a goob or a doofus yet it doesn’t prove he was a deserter.

Which is hopefully what serious charges will prove or unprove.

A trial may ferret out the diff betwixt desertion and defection.

The distinction is important. If he’s a defector — joined the enemy to fight against his country — then he deserves deserves killing, the way we kill other enemies in the field, the way we killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who had openly joined al-Qaeda.

The Latest at The Conversation: 

Victims of Taliban Atrocities Horrified By Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

The worst aspect of the Bergdahl deal

Cash for Bergdahl

Report: WH Orchestrated Campaign Of Threats and Intimidation Against Soldiers And Officers To Keep Quiet About Bergdahl

 Cruz Introduces Bill To Temporarily Freeze All Guantanamo Bay Releases (Video)

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