“White House Learned of Lerner’s Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress”
Funny that Obama couldn’t use either his pen or his phone to pass along the info, isn’t it? CNSNews:
In sworn testimony Friday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that the IRS told the Obama administration about Lois Lerner’s missing emails in April, six weeks before telling Congress, even though Congress had subpoenaed Lerner’s emails as part of its investigation into the alleged muzzling of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status before the 2010 election.
“The IRS knew in February, or maybe even in March, and Treasury and the White House knew at least in April — but Congress and the American people didn’t find out until June. Were you purposely not telling us?” House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp (R-Mich.) asked Koskinen. “Were you purposely not revealing this to the American people?”
“No, as I told you…our original thought was to complete the Lois Lerner email production–complete the review of what other custodians (IRS employees) had a problem, and produce a report to you, laying it all out,” Koskinen said.
“So why did the IRS inform the Executive Branch agencies, the White House, the administration, but kept it secret from the Congress, who was conducting an investigation?” Camp asked.
“We were not keeping it a secret,” Koskinen said. “It was our public report to you that has in fact provided you this information, there’s been no attempt to keep it a secret. My position has been, when we provide information, we should provide it completely. If we provide you incomplete information, people sometimes are tempted to leap to the wrong conclusion, not based on any facts, so we thought it would be important to give you the full description–
“It’s okay for the White House and Treasury to leap to a conclusion six weeks before the Congress,” Camp shot back.
Camp also asked Koskinen if there had been any discussion within the IRS about when to tell Congress about Lerner’s crashed hard drive and the missing emails, which were written during the critical 2009-2011 period of the investigation.
“Certainly,” Koskinen said, but he added that those discussions did not include the Treasury Department.
“Well then how did Treasury find out about it?” an incredulous Camp asked.
Camp told the committee he received a letter from the White House two days ago, telling him that the Obama White House learned about the missing Lois Lerner emails in April and was informed by the Treasury Department.
This is criminal. No two ways about it. All of it.
It matters not that the hard drives of key players crashed in ways that were statistically near impossible; because the information is still out there somewhere [the NSA, perhaps, as noted by BBH in the comments? Or archived by an off-site back up company?], and forensics experts would be able to find it. But Boehner still has not empaneled a select committee — and no one is ever going to get to actual bottom of this if Congress can help it, because as I’ve surmised since day 1 of this breaking scandal, it isn’t only Democrats who were complicit, either actively or by omission, in the targeting of TEA Party groups.
Hell, a look at the in-our-faces attacks on GOP primary favorites who aren’t incumbents tells us all we need to know about how far the GOP establishment is willing to go to protect its own interests.
Does anyone really think that the cozy one-party Big Government ruling class didn’t have members from both sides of the aisles working to keep out the upstart Visigoths — the unrefined riff raff who keep presuming the founders and framers were actually serious about both citizen legislators and representative government…?