Wednesday, July 16

Another bombshell from the IRS re Lerner

New information about the use of the IRS by Democrats to gain political advantage keeps coming out.

Last week the IRS casually revealed that in addition to emails, IRS employees also had a separate "chat" system. 

On April 9, 2013, just days after seeing the draft Treasury Inspector General Report that revealed the IRS’s massive Tea Party targeting scheme, Lois Lerner, then director of exempt organizations at the IRS, sent an email to an IRS IT official asking whether the IRS’s internal chat system could be electronically searched.

Here's Lerner's question in context:
I had a question today about OCS [Microsoft Office Communications Server]. I was cautioning folks about email and how we have 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?
I-T specialist Maria Hooke replied,
No, the IRS does not routinely save chat communications – unless employees intentionally take steps to preserve their conversation. These chat communications are not saved – and this is critical – despite the fact that “the functionality exists within the software.”
To which Lerner replied, "Perfect."

The timing of this email is not coincidental. As mentioned, it came just days after Lerner reviewed a draft investigative report from the inspector general.  It would appear as though she was trying to see how much evidence remained to convict her after she reported her hard drive had crashed.

Corrupt.  Corrupt.  Corrupt 
 

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