Every time we think there’s nothing left that can shock us, we get a wake up call. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and the Democrats defending the IRS behavior in the Tea Party targeting scandal have to be the biggest bunch of weasels and liars God ever put on earth. Note: we’re not blaming God, they chose their path freely.
First, let’s go back to Lois Lerner and her contention that she’s never done anything wrong.
We’ll admit, there is no hard evidence with which to charge Lerner, the IRS has done an outstanding job making sure nothing either exists or, if it does, making sure the House Oversight Committees never see it. That said, there’s still a ton of circumstantial evidence that would indicate Lerner has been gunning for conservative political groups since the mid 90s when she worked at the Federal Election Commission.
Today, we’ve got two more pieces of circumstantial evidence that would get any Republican fried in boiling newsprint on every major newspaper in the nation for the next six weeks. Here’s the text of an email released by the House Oversight Committee yesterday.
I had a question today about OCS [Microsoft Office Communications Server]. I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has 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. Someone asked if OCS conversations were also searchable–I don’t know, but told them I would get back to them. Do you know?
There are two specific elements in this email. The first is her note to the unknown-to-us recipients that Congress is asking for emails and an electronic search has been done for certain emails, followed by a caution to be careful what they put in writing. Now why in the world would a simple public servant, just doing her job, be concerned enough about email searches requested by Congress to put out a warning like that?
As a note of background, we’ve worked in very highly regulated industries for the past 20 years. During that period, our correspondence could have been the subject of a search request by government regulators, in fact, we’re sure, unbeknownst to us, that they probably have searched through our email correspondence. We’ve never had reason to communicate a warning like that to anyone with whom we corresponded. Of course we’ve also never felt the need to plead the Fifth Amendment to a question either.
The second eyebrow raiser is Lerner’s question about “OCS conversations.” If you’re not familiar with Microsoft IT speak, an OCS conversation is a chat message. So, Lerner was concerned about what people were saying in their emails, and she was also concerned about chats. We wonder, again, why would she care about that? Maybe people were using the intra-office chat to plan parties or set up lunch dates and there was an IRS policy against “personal use” that she was afraid they were violating. You think?
Never fear though, the Commissioner is here to save the day.
During one exchange with Rep. Jim Jordan, Koskinen seemed to find nothing at all suspicious about Lois Lerner’s interest in whether IRS instant messages were “searchable” and could be turned over to Congress.
Rep. Jordan: [Lerner] says “perfect” when she learns that it is not traceable, not trackable, not stored…What I want to know is, why did it take us this long to get these emails? We’ve been after these for 6 months and you dump them on us on July 3rd. Have you ever seen this email…have you ever seen this stuff before.
Commissioner Koskinen: No, and I don’t see anything in here where Lois Lerner says “wow, I got rid of my earlier emails and now I got to check on these.”
What, me worry? Oh, and it wasn’t like the IRS was withholding the emails or anything,
Koskinen went on to say that the emails had been provided to the FBI but was not specific about when that took place.
That would be the same FBI who too almost a year to appoint a Special Agent after their investigation into the IRS had supposedly started, and when they did appoint a Special Agent, she had an ten year history of donations supporting one Barack H. Obama. Oh, and the FBI top dog told the Congress, before the appointment, that they hadn’t found any criminal acts. They were able to make that finding without talking to any of the victims of IRS targeting or their legal counsel. The FBI is one amazing law enforcement agency.
So, as we noted, nothing to see here, time to move along.