Demanding Honesty From the IRS
by Blake Farenthold on September 10, 2014 at 9:13 AM
I am committed to uncovering the truth regarding Lois Lerner’s involvement and knowledge of the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. These targeted actions are a violation of the rights guaranteed to all Americans under the Constitution and a matter of simple fairness.
It has now come to light that Ms. Lerner’s BlackBerry, which contained all of her emails, was intentionally erased once Congress began its investigation into her involvement in the IRS scandal. There are also reports that, despite IRS claims to the contrary, there may be a backup server with Ms. Learner's emails, but the IRS claims it's just too hard to retrieve them. I've said all along it's next to impossible to purge all copies of emails, and it looks like I was right. The claim that these emails may be hard to retrieve is flabbergasting. "Too hard" is not an excuse for not complying with a Congressional subpoena. If you are looking for "too hard" take a look at our bloated tax code.
If you intentionally destroy or tamper with evidence, that is a crime. Furthermore, if you make a statement under oath saying that evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime. Some people continue to say that the investigation of the IRS is a political witch hunt but as we dig deeper we continue to find more evidence that Lois Lerner and her employees used the power of the IRS to target conservative groups and when they got caught they attempted to destroy any evidence.
The IRS has constantly changed their story while trying to find the email correspondence of Lois Lerner and other IRS agents. Two Congressional committees, Oversight and Government Reform, and Ways and Means, have subpoenaed emails and are still getting the run around. The first excuse was that the emails were deleted off her computer, then her computer was recycled, and the printed versions of the emails were lost. I cannot believe that all these scenarios aligned accidentally to destroy the emails of one particular IRS employee who happened to be under a Congressional investigation.
Additionally, it is disappointing that Attorney General, Eric Holder, has failed to do his job by either launching a Department of Justice investigation into Lerner's actions or calling for a special counsel to investigate this situation as soon as she was held in contempt of Congress.
Rest assured I intend to get to the bottom of this scandal.