The Mounting Proof of an IRS Cover-Up

QANDA-master675More proof the Obama administration is covering up the political persecution it inflicted on its conservative political enemies through the Internal Revenue Service emerged yesterday as a federal official accused the White House of breaking the law by hiding emails.

Whenever the records, including emails, of federal agencies are destroyed — whether intentional or inadvertent — the law requires that the National Archives be notified. But that did not happen when the computer hard drives of a former IRS official and six of her IRS subordinates allegedly crashed in 2011, destroying records of emails now at the heart of a congressional corruption probe.

“They did not follow the law,” Archivist of the United States David Ferriero said of the IRS during testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

It has also been revealed that the IRS suspiciously backed out of a circa 2005 contract with an email storage contractor named Sonasoft mere weeks after Lerner reported losing personal files and before other IRS officials allegedly experienced hard drive crashes as the Tea Party-targeting investigations got underway.

As Investor’s Business Daily explains,

Timing is everything, the saying goes, and sometimes the timing of events is also very curious, as in the case of the lost emails of Lerner and at least six other officials at the very same time the IRS canceled its contract to back up and preserve those emails as required by federal law.

Lerner’s computer supposedly crashed in June 2011, an alleged event the IRS concealed from the American public and congressional investigators for two years.

This event, which cannot be verified because her hard drive has since been destroyed and recycled, occurred just 10 days after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp first wrote a letter asking if the IRS was engaging in targeting of nonprofit groups.

Sonasoft runs ads stating the company provides “Email Archiving Done Right” and “Point-Click Recovery.” In a 2009 tweet it bragged: “The IRS uses Sonasoft to back up their servers, why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?”

Why not — indeed.

Under hyper-partisan, left-wing Democrat Lois Lerner, the tax-exempt organizations branch singled out for harassment the heroic Catherine Engelbrecht, leader of the Houston-based good government group True the Vote. Earlier this year the IRS revoked the charitable status of Manassas, Va.-based Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, because it disseminated criticism of Democrats Hillary Clinton and John Kerry a decade ago. In recent years the federal agency also subjected conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to heightened scrutiny, harassment, and extended processing delays that may have hindered their activities during the previous election cycle.

It is the latest outrage from the Obama administration which has been on a vindictive rampage in recent years, using the feared tax collection agency to vex and annoy its political enemies, especially those associated with the Tea Party movement.

Republicans say the White House has been less than helpful in efforts to investigate the IRS scandal. “They haven’t done a damn thing to get to the truth of what happened,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said yesterday.

The hearing yesterday followed a previous hearing the night before at which lawmakers unloaded on the increasingly arrogant IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, questioning him aggressively. The normally mild-mannered Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) excoriated Koskinen for his bad attitude in testifying before the congressional panel. On Friday Koskinen set the stage for conflict. He angered lawmakers when he told them at that hearing that the IRS had nothing to apologize for in the missing Lerner emails scandal.

Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Koskinen a Monday hearing: “We have a problem with you and you have a problem with credibility.”

At a hearing yesterday, Koskinen told Issa that he had honored his vow to the panel to give it all of Lerner’s emails, adding it is impossible to recover the emails lost in 2011.

“If you have a magical way for me to do that, I’d be happy to hear about it,” a sarcastic Koskinen told Issa.

“I’ve lost my patience with you,” Issa shot back.

Yesterday’s hearing came as the IRS admitted it illegally provided the confidential tax return of the National Organization for Marriage to that group’s left-wing arch-enemy, the Human Rights Campaign, which favors same-sex marriage. The IRS has agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to NOM. Unauthorized disclosure of confidential tax information is a felony that can lead to a five-year term of imprisonment, but Eric Holder’s Justice Department never got around to filing criminal charges in the case.

“We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return,” said NOM Chairman John D. Eastman. “We urge other groups that have suffered similar problems with the IRS to keep pressing until they, too, are fully vindicated.”

The egregious IRS leak allowed the HRC in February 2012 to post online NOM’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of NOM’s major donors, including Mitt Romney who became the Republican presidential nominee later that year. Making that normally confidential information public allowed progressive activists to harass and intimidate NOM’s donors, just as they had done in the wake of California’s Proposition 8 that affirmed traditional marriage in 2008. The most prominent victim of leftist venom was former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was forced out of his post because he dared to donate $1,000 to the “pro” traditional marriage side in the Prop 8 battle.

Left-wing activists call this kind of in-your-face harassment “accountability,” an Orwellian euphemism to be sure. Accountability actions focus on harassing and intimidating political enemies, disrupting their activities, and forcing them to waste resources dealing with activists’ provocations. It is a tactic of radical community organizers, open borders fanatics, and union goons. Taking a cue from Herbert Marcuse, they want to shut down, humiliate, and silence those who fail to genuflect before their policy agenda.

Even worse, it is fair to say that under President Obama, the IRS has become a de facto branch of the Democratic National Committee, launching partisan attacks on those who stand in the way of the Left’s agenda.

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  • Savingstone

    Contractor records show however another Email Archiver under contract to the order of almost $10,000,000.

    “Forecast of Contracting Opportunities Existing Contracts Tablet – IRS FY2013:
    Contract #: TIRNO-10-Z-00009, NAICS: 541519, Product or Service Description: Email Archiving Software and Maintenance, Acquisition Strategy: SB, Competition: YES, Estimated Contract Value: $4,900,000.00, Contract Completion Date: 8/16/2013, Buyer Point of Contact: VALERIE A. ROBINSON, Incumbent Point of Contact: MICROLINK LLC”

    • pfbonney

      Now that’s an interesting tidbit.

  • Pete

    As a side not why is Mr. Koskinen have the honorific ‘honorable” before his name?

    Is this so we know our betters and know to obey them without question?

    Military courtesy has a specific purpose. Do the honorifics of elected and appointed officials serve the same purpose as military courtesy?

    If so, we are screwed.

    If true we might as well call the honorable Koskinen as Sir Koskinen.
    Anyone have a problem with calling Mr. Koskinen, Sir Koskinen?

    • J.B.

      How about Lord Koskinen?

  • Rdlake

    They’ve got a ‘keep out of jail card’ therefore they don’t fear anything & can act as such

    • pfbonney

      I have a book by a congressman that says the IRS has been audited only once during their existence – and he did it (I don’t have his name – the book is still well packed away somewhere since I moved into an apt. this past January).
      Obviously, they’re again past due.

    • Constitution First

      In the name of one Eric “The Coward” Holder.

  • Rdlake

    We have two problem here. 1/2 of 1% of federal employees lose their jobs & Mr Korskinen has contributed $100K to the DemocRatic campaigns over the years.

  • Larry Larkin

    They didn’t report that the emails had been lost in 2011 because they hadn’t finished wiping them until last month.

    • Christopher Riddle

      EXACTLY,but I will bet you that Lois has a”copy”and is using it to”extort”protection???

      • J.B.

        I’d prefer to see him urine boarded.

        • Christopher Riddle

          I presume you are re ferring to Koskinen?

          • J.B.

            Yeah but I responded to the wrong comment.

        • 95Theses

          And if the press reports on it, would that be yellow journalism?

    • kikorikid

      This “accountability” crap is fascist by any other name.
      The GLBT folks are the New “Brown Shirts”, and
      becoming more and more aggressive. They will
      “Cross the Rubicon” one day and poof! They’ll be gone.

  • Guest

    As a side not why is Mr. Koskinen have the honorific ‘honorable” before his name?

    Is this so we know our betters & know to obey them without question?

    Military courtesy has a specific purpose. Do the honorifics of elected and appointed officials serve the same purpose as military courtesy?

    If so, we are screwed.

    If true we might as well call the honorable Koskinen as Sir Koskinen.
    Anyone have a problem with calling Mr. Koskinen, Sir Koskinen?

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    One look at his smug face and I know there has to be a cover-up.

    • tagalog

      When I looked at film clip of Koskinen with his bare-faced demeanor saying the IRS has nothing to apologize for, I immediately visualized an earlier film clip of Dalton Trumbo replying to the question “Are you now or have you ever been a Communist?” put to him by HUAC, putting on this pouty third-grade expression and saying, “I’m not going to TELL you.”

      But of course Trumbo got a year in federal prison for contempt of Congress for doing that. He got a lot of mileage out of having been imprisoned for the next 40 years or so.

      • Elizabeth Cape Cod

        Proving that really smart, talented people can be really stupid.

        • tagalog

          I don’t have much to say for apologizing, which I think is dumb, but to sit in front of Congressional committeemen and refuse to apologize is just as stupid.

    • truebearing

      Koskinen’s smug, space alien face is the face of a totalitarian bureauracy that knows its malfeasance won’t be prosecuted. His face is the perfect symbol of Obama’s communist transformation of America. He is cold, arrogant, flippant, and smug in his knowing that Congress is impotent and the media complicit in Obama’s use of the IRS as a political weapon.

      • Elizabeth Cape Cod

        [Koskinen’s smug, space alien face is the face of a totalitarian bureauracy that knows its malfeasance won’t be prosecuted. ]

        Right That!
        Who’s going to prosecute him….Holder????

      • Guest

        The IRS plus the Holder (injustice) Dept.= the Soviet KGB America’s first fascist Secret Police. Coercive Collectivism (Leftism) is tyrannical hypocrisy.

  • pfbonney

    “…the IRS has become a de facto branch of the Democratic National Committee…”
    Or a “rogue” agency. One or the other.

  • Loupdegarre

    I want to see arrogant jerks like this Koskinen chased down in the street by an angry mob and waterboarded.

    • Lanna

      Unless people hold them accountable, they will continue their lawlessness! This IRS commissioner was total Arrogance!

    • truebearing

      Save water, use rope.

      • tagalog

        Tarring and feathering and being ridden out of town on a rail.

        May all government bureaucrats take a lesson from such a thing.

        • truebearing

          That will work, too. This Koskinen a-hole is an arrogant, weird, goose stepper who was hired specifically for his sociopathic willingness to lie with a smirk.

          • J.B.

            Every Obama appointee and cabinet member is the same way. Jarrett has a talent for choosing the absolute worst.

          • Silver

            One will crack and throw everybody under the bus and i bet there are several people sitting on copies of these emails.

          • kikorikid

            I like the thinkin here.

    • Constitution First

      …like hard drive crashes, accidents happen all the time…

  • Truth

    So, basically a show trial to keep the masses in check. Lovely. Oh, and there ought to be a backup of the email archive. If the discontinued the contract in 2011, the emails from 2011 should be available until 2018 or 2021 (depending upon retention rules. 7 years is the usual retention time. If they destroyed these, there was only one reason, and it wasn’t a moral one. The thing about archives is that they are WORM (write once read many) and even if you change vendors, the original archived material is maintained (otherwise you archive is just a crappy, very expensive backup.) Issa needs to call the it guy responsible for the archive. He/she will know the real deal, or be able to point out something odd, like they weren’t consulted and the archive was just gone one day…

  • Jake Break

    Here’s what it appears to me that the head of the IRS is essentially saying to the Congressional Oversight Committee in his arrogance and smugness, “Listen you m-f’s…we have the emails you want, but you will never get them…and if there is any criminal activity on the IRS’s part, Obama’s boy in the Justice Department will never seriously prosecute it…so it doesn’t really matter what we say and do here…I guess you’re all just screwed!”

    • Teavangelical

      Agreed — sounds just like what Rush Limbaugh said yesterday.

  • Realist

    “…it is fair to say that under President Obama, the IRS has become a de facto branch of the Democrat National Committee, launching partisan attacks on those who stand in the way of the libcult’s agenda.”

    As troubling as these crimes of the libcultists are, this is all part of a larger coupe against the real sovereigns of this country, its citizens. Both sides of the Ruling Class – Always hungry for more and more power – Are conspiring and cooperating with each other to insert themselves as the defacto sovereigns and to “get control” over the little peeps who they despise so much and to permanently ensconce themselves and their progeny in power. Flooding the country with unskilled illegals and opening the flood gates for H1B visas is all part and parcel of this effort, along with Obamesiahcare, EPA regulations on coal and any other number of power grabs. They are attempting to create a permanent dependent class who will not question their enlightened rule, but only look to their supposed “betters” for their daily bread. Our newly minted Royal Ruling Class do not care one whit about what effect this will have on anyone, only that THEY are safely in permanent power.

    This is an all out war to wrest all control away from the citizen sovereigns and transfer that power to the stupid and utterly selfish scum whose names you will never probably know. Anyone who doesn’t already understand the war being waged against them will probably continue to rely on the evening “news” propaganda and the propaganda of the infotainment inculcation/deception machine and, once fully misinformed, become an unwitting part of the problem.

    The IRS crimes are but the tip of a massive war that is decades in the making. If you are not already awake then it is unlikely that you will realize what is happening until after you are safely confined in the little cage being built for you by the Ruling Class scum. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

  • InTheCampofSaintMichael

    This is criminality any way you slice it. The President broke the law when he did not inform Congress he was talking to the Taliban and now this is clear evidence that they destroyed this evidence of email because they did not even report the loss of this information to the National Archives. This is far worse that Watergate or why President Bill Clinton was impeached.

  • chelmer

    The technical solution is to place the geeks under oath. The panel began this effort by asking the Commish yesterday, “Who told you that the e-mails were lost?” His answer, astonishingly, was, “I don’t know.” Did they inform him by e-mail? He didn’t get an e-mail.
    All the time with that s***-eating grin on his face.
    Go back and ask him to ask the question today. The Commish has an IT guy. Ask that IT guy the question. “How did you know the e-mails were lost?” Names. Go down the org chart until you reach the guy who can’t lie, because the IT audit trail will reveal that he’s lying, and won’t lie, because he has no reason to cover for the IRS. Then start arresting people and holding them without bond.
    From the Commish’s willingness to lie so obviously “I don’t know”, I tend to believe that the answers are a lot closer than you might think.

  • fistdeyuma

    At least Obama cannot claim that the first time he heard about the missing E-mails was when he saw it in the press. The only press covering this issue is Fox and I doubt very much if the TV’s in the WH will even get that station.

  • UCSPanther

    The Dems are so crazy and power mad these days, that they are making it no secret that they want one party rule. Actions speak louder than words.

  • El Cid

    Who has the reigns on the IRS hiring and firing? If it is the executive, as soon as there is a Republican president, the whole lot of them should be fired for cause, and a bunch of them brought in on criminal charges!

    The IRS is the ultimate political weapon. This needs to be curtailed fast.

  • keith

    Have the House of Reps defund key aspects of the IRS (like management payroll) until either the emails or a chain of accountability emerges.

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    • tagalog

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  • tagalog

    The IRS is going to pay $50,000 to NOM? For many federal crimes of a similar nature, the fines are frequently cited as $100,000 for such disclosure crimes. Maybe somebody at the IRS should actually GET one of those five-year sentences.

    • Lorilu

      So the IRS pays $50,000 to NOM. Good for NOM. But the IRS is not going to take the money out of the paycheck of the perpetrator of this crime. The money will come from the IRS budget, which is the taxpayers’ money.

  • Constitution First

    This is what Empire Collapse looks like.
    I guess Bambi can raise the “Mission Accomplished!” banner now.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Grab the computers at the other end, the White House. Or have they crashed, too? Better yet, Grab Obama, lock him up at Guantanamo, waterboard him for a couple of days and you’ll get the whole story.

  • Joe Esposito

    You must destroy your enemy to win the war. Impeach Obama and be done with it. Republicans should not care about political fallout. Putting this Marxist president on trial for his crimes against the American people is the only answer.

  • Randy Townsend

    Elections have consequences. When the country put this man into office twice, they chose this path. The Executive Branch is charged with enforcing the laws, and Obama is the head of that branch. If Obama refuses to do that, the Legislative Branch has two options – cut off funding (the House) or impeachment (the House) and removal from office (the Senate). If the House refuses to exercise either option (and under Boehner, they have refused to do either), then the fact is the country has a despot masquerading as a President. Short of armed revolution, there simply is no other avenue to stop what is happening under the President (Obama isn’t making these decisions, he’s not that smart). Get used to it, folks, because this is just a taste of what Hillary will bring to the country.

  • AlfalfaDoLittle

    It is being now reported that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has donated in excess of $80,000.00 to the DNC and Democrat campaigns. That is unbelievable. Just the fact, that a Bureaucrat, being paid by US has that much expendable income, is unconscionable.

  • DB1954

    Koskinen drips arrogance.

  • Ellman48

    “It has also been revealed
    that the IRS suspiciously backed out of a circa 2005 contract with an
    email storage contractor named Sonasoft mere weeks after Lerner reported
    losing personal files and before other IRS officials allegedly
    experienced hard drive crashes as the Tea Party-targeting investigations
    got underway.”

    This tells me that the IRS wanted to make sure that no backups of the contentious emails existed. As in Orwell’s “1984” the destruction had to be complete and irreversible. The “rabbit hole” exists and is being used by this regime to avoid prosecution and condemnation.

    By 2016 we will be able to assert that in 8 years, 2 terms, this regime has not produced a solitary thing which enhanced this nation’s welfare or the well-being of its taxpayers. On the other hand it produced enough scandals to occupy the Congress and the news for the entire 4 years of the second term.

  • David

    I really hope the Republicans don’t let this go. Even if it takes a new Republican president, I want people to get jail time for this horrible abuse of government power. Sadly, I don’t have that much faith in the Republican party. I tend to identify myself as an enthusiastic conservative and a reluctant Republican.

  • Ellman48

    “He angered lawmakers when he told them at that hearing that the IRS had
    nothing to apologize for in the missing Lerner emails scandal.”

    Basically he was saying ‘we did what we had to do and this committee be damned’. It was obvious in his face, the tone of his voice, his arrogance, his disrespect and his contempt.

    But maybe the various committees investigating the many scandals in this regime are partly responsible for the stonewalling and disrespect they are receiving. “Know your enemy” applies as much to Obama as it does to Islamic terrorists. Knowing them determines how you deal with them. Thus far the Regime is avoiding accountability and sanctions. We need more Trey Gowdy’s to make it pay for its lawlessness and defiance.

  • cacslewisfan

    Wake up and smell the Barakalypse. It’s just about ready.

  • BrendanEich

    A correction: my name was published by the State of California, per the CA Political Reform Act’s requirement to list the names and employers to political campaigns, for donations above a nominal amount:

    The L.A. Times then dug into the database and publicized it in 2012.

    I have never donated to NOM, so my name was not part of any IRS leak.


  • James Foard

    Oh my God! We’ve lost the emails again! Now, where did I put them? They were right here in front of me a minute ago!
    “Hello, Barack? This is Lois again. Well, you’re not gonna believe this, but you know those darned emails that Issa wants to look at? Well, I CAN’T FIND THEM! I know, I’ve looked everyplace, and their just not here! What are we going to tell them?
    What’s that, we’ll say that we had a computer hard drive crash? Do you think? You’ve got to be kidding! Nobody will ever believe that! I don’t know what to do, the press is going to be all over us on this one. As if Benghazi and Fast and Furious wasn’t bad enough, and now with that birth certificate thing popping up again, I honestly don’t know how you handle it all. What’s that? Your getting a massage right now from Reggie Love and you’ll get back to me later? Well, let me know what you plan to do about this mess as soon as possible. I’ve got an NAR meeting to attend tonight, call me in the morning.”

  • Bklyn Farmer

    You know by this Koskinen’s smug appearance, someone very high up there has his back.

    • tagalog

      Koskinen’s motto: “Am I liberal, or just well-educated?”

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    I wish members of Congress would warn these Obama puppets when they question them that their statements will be recorded and they will be tried for perjury at any future time when their statements are proved as lies. Some of them may be naive enough to think that by protecting Obama they will be protected, too in perpetuity.

  • MrEthiopian

    Like benghazi this is nothing more then a republican scam, Republicans have admitted that they have no proof that any crime was committed and basically its a fishing expedition.

    I’m sure you will delete this comment, its easier to put blinders over your eyes and ears, then it is to find the truth.