Paul L. Caron
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Monday, July 6, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 788

TIGTATreasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Report of Investigation, Exempt Organization Data Loss and Potential Obstruction of Justice:

The investigation determined that there were six possible sources to examine in order to potentially recover the missing e-mails. These sources were LERNER's crashed hard drive, the backup or disaster recovery tapes, a decommissioned Microsoft (MS) Exchange 2003 e-mail server, the backup tapes for the decommissioned e-mail server, LERNER's BlackBerry, and loaner laptop computers that may have been assigned to her while her laptop was being repaired. An examination of four of these sources, the backup or disaster recovery tapes, the decommissioned Exchange 2003 e-mail server, LERNER's BlackBerry, and the loaner laptops produced e-mail that the IRS had not previously produced to Congress, DOJ or TIGTA. The investigation also determined that once it was discovered that there was a gap in the IRS' production of LERNER's e-mail, the IRS did not fully identify as a source or perform recovery attempts for e-mail on the following electronic media, all of which the IRS had in their possession: backup or disaster recovery tapes, the decommissioned Exchange 2003 e-mail server, the backup tapes for the decommissioned e-mail server or the loaner laptop computers.  ...

The investigation also revealed that on or about March 4, 2014, one month after the IRS realized it was missing some of LERNER's e-mails, IRS employees in the IRS Enterprise Computing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia (Martinsburg), magnetically erased 422 backup tapes that are believed to have contained LERNER's e-mails that were responsive to Congressional demands and subpoenas. However, the investigation did not uncover evidence that the IRS and its employees purposely erased the tapes in order to conceal responsive e-mails from the Congress, the DOJ and TIGTA. 

The investigation revealed that the backup tapes were destroyed as a result of IRS management failing to ensure that a May 22, 2013, e-mail directive from the IRS Chief Technology Officer (CTO) concerning the preservation of electronic e-mail media was fully understood and followed by all of the IRS employees responsible for handling and disposing of e-mail bStephen MANNING, former IRS Deputy Chief Information Officer, Strategy and Modernization.ackup media.  ...

When interviewed, [Terence MILHOLLAND, IRS Chief Technology Office] was asked if he knew that e-mail backup tapes from a decommissioned e-mail server had been degaussed in March 2014, MILHOLLAND stated that he was not aware of this, and he advised that he was "blown away" at the revelation. He further stated that IRS IT senior management was ultimately responsible. MILHOLLAND also stated that his May 2013 e-mail directive would have applied to preserving the NCFB backup tapes and that the organization that sent them to be destroyed would also be responsible for their destruction.

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Comments

"An examination of four of these sources, the backup or disaster recovery tapes, the decommissioned Exchange 2003 e-mail server, LERNER's BlackBerry, and the loaner laptops produced e-mail that the IRS had not previously produced to Congress, DOJ or TIGTA."

That spells obstruction of justice and admission of guilt. How many times did administration officials lie to congress and to the courts? Too many to count but doubtful Obama will charge his own people with perjury especially when they were loyal in carrying out his plans to make non-Democrats live under Jim Crow laws.

Posted by: wodun | Jul 6, 2015 10:17:54 AM

That these people could openly, with malice aforethought carry out this obstruction of justice and our media do nothing but yawn means we are in a lot of trouble as a culture and a nation. How can this not be front page, top of the hour news? How can ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, The New York Times, and Washington Post ignore this huge scandal? Where are we as a people and where are we going? Sickening.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Jul 6, 2015 11:21:04 AM

Mr. Wodun: "Jim Crow laws?" Do you know what Jim Crow laws were?

Mr. VOI: "Malice aforethought?" Same question as to Mr. Wodun--do you know that malice aforethought is?

Take a deep breath fellas. The TIGTA ROI (worth reading) kind of spills the wind from your sails.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jul 7, 2015 7:02:26 AM

Yes, Publius I know what Jim Crow laws were. You apparently failed to learn from your party's history of racism and oppression.

Without a doubt the actions of Obama's IRS were planned out, especially the ongoing continuation of the program and also lying to the courts in the effort to stonewall justice.

Posted by: wodun | Jul 8, 2015 2:26:28 PM