‘Phony scandals’ and an election year ‘demon’: Lois Lerner’s unconvincing defenders

posted at 12:31 pm on June 29, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Judging from an appearance on CNN by former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor III, the embattled former IRS official at the center of the targeting scandal is embracing an argument similar to the White House’s defense of the IRS as a whole: Republicans are on a political witch-hunt.

More accurately, Taylor’s defense of his client is based on the notion that Lerner is the real victim of targeting here.

“She was as upset as anybody else was about the loss of the emails and the other documents which were on their which were quite important to her,” Taylor said of what even Candy Crowley called the “suspicious” disappearance of two years’ of email records.

That claim may fall on some sympathetic ears over at MSNBC where some hosts are already predisposed to see the IRS as true victim in this scandal, but it will take more than that to convince most neutral observers.

Lerner orchestrated a confession of sorts to inappropriate behavior in the form of a preemptive admission of wrongdoing ahead of an IG report on the matter by planting a question at an American Bar Association conference. This is not exactly the behavior of someone who believes their agency’s conduct has been wholly virtuous.

Lerner’s attorney added that the lost emails predate any period of time relevant to the investigation into the targeting scandal, a claim which strains credulity. The emails went missing in a time frame which includes the introduction of BOLO lists focused on tea party signifiers and the period when Lerner was supposedly advised of this practice.

But before you had the opportunity to sympathize with Lerner, Taylor turned to a denunciation of the true villains in this scandal: Republicans.

“You can see why it’s convenient to say there’s a computer crash and therefore it must be something nefarious going on,” Taylor continued.

When reminded by Crowley that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) called both him and his client liars, Taylor grew beleaguered. “This is election year politics,” he added. “It’s convenient to have a demon that they can create and point to.”

In fact, an objective assessment of the Republicans conduct over more the course of the 14 months since this scandal broke has been relatively apolitical, especially considering that the IRS is charged with executing a partisan vendetta against conservatives. By and large, members have avoided bombast and overreach in pursuit of the facts surrounding the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. The Republicans’ prudence in concert with the IRS’s improbable self-defense has resulted in a great majority of the country backing the GOP in this matter.

Republicans and Democrats, women and men, blacks and whites, the rich and the poor, the old and the young; according to a recent poll, the vast majority of the public across the political spectrum believe this matter deserves a thorough investigation – one which results in accountability.

Then you have President Barack Obama who joined Taylor in denouncing the “phony scandals” which plague his presidency. “It’s all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base,” he insisted. He and Taylor are speaking to the minority of the minority who are just partisan enough to convince themselves that it is the IRS who are the real victims here.

It sounds to me like it is the president and his allies who are in need an election year demon.


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William Taylor III, the embattled former IRS official at the center of the targeting scandal is embracing an argument similar to the White House’s defense of the IRS as a whole: Republicans are on a political witch-hunt.

Disprove it with the emails… shyster.

viking01 on June 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Lies and THE maximum cover-up…. for a phony scandal!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Lies and THE maximum cover-up…. for a phony scandal!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I can’t wait for it to all come out. Not just on this one scandal but ALL of it.

VegasRick on June 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

“She was as upset as anybody else was about the loss of the emails and the other documents which were on their which were quite important to her,” Taylor said

 
Such as?
 
This was a work computer, correct?

rogerb on June 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

WWI was brought about by a phony assassination…or something!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Gadzooks.

Even Mount Crowley of the Ogabe Debate Team is skeptical?

CNN must be worried about their nonexistent ratings.

viking01 on June 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

“She was as upset as anybody else was about the loss of the emails and the other documents which were on their which were quite important to her,” Taylor said

Such as?

This was a work computer, correct?

rogerb on June 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

She should use the “madder than hell” defense. It works for obaME!

VegasRick on June 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

If it was a phony scandal we’d already have a cool name for it.

Flange on June 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

A brief lesson in statistics:

The University of Hawaii Geology Department estimates that there are 7.5×10^18 grains of sand on Planet Earth. The odds of 7 select computers experiencing a hard drive crash during a specifically chosen week with a failure rate of 3.5% during any given year are 1 in 10^21. That means that if we bet your $1 against my $1 Billion that you could find a grain of sand that I’d hidden somewhere on the planet a year ago, your odds of returning to me with the proper grain of sand would be roughly 1,333 percent better than of witnessing the event John Koskinen testified to the House Committee as being a random failure. That anyone would defend this as being possible is in itself a massive insult to the intelligence of any person not blindingly drunk.

Putting that aside for just one moment. Why even have this discussion. Let’s send tech guys into the IRS on a mission and start combing through their equipment and find those emails, that are still retrievable, even if those hard drives were tampered with in the most heinous manner possible. We’re talking about multiple servers, recipient’s hard drives, etc. All we have now is the word of the people already proven to be liars that those documents are not retrievable. I say, go in and get them!

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Nixon was as upset as anyone else when he discovered the gaps in the Watergate tape.

butch on June 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

She broke federal law by not retaining written back ups. By rights, she should be upset in her jail cell.

ezspirit on June 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Say, didn’t she also steal a letter addressed to a sitting Senator? Opening a piece of mail not addressed to you is a Federal Crime, and one with teeth I might add. She’s not exempt from that. Charge her with tampering with the U.S. Postal Service at the very least.

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

These 0bama defenders sound like a punk kid who got caught in school shooting spitballs at the teacher. They’re sitting in the principal’s office, denying everything, slouching in their chairs mumbling to themselves, “man… this is BS.”

UltimateBob on June 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Sherlock Holmes and the dog that wouldn’t bark. The dog knew the burglar. Why do Democrats protect the IRS?
They give away their guilt by their actions. Pray tell what American doesn’t fear the IRS and an audit? Democrats.

Herb on June 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

“It’s all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base,” he insisted.

All the polls say that it’s HIS stupid base that needs ginning up.

If Lerner is innocent; if she’s a victim, why doesn’t she waive her rights and tesify; answer some questions? Rather, she’s probably hoping this all blows over, and then she’ll write a tell-all book.

TarheelBen on June 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Putting that aside for just one moment. Why even have this discussion. Let’s send tech guys into the IRS on a mission and start combing through their equipment and find those emails, that are still retrievable, even if those hard drives were tampered with in the most heinous manner possible. We’re talking about multiple servers, recipient’s hard drives, etc. All we have now is the word of the people already proven to be liars that those documents are not retrievable. I say, go in and get them!

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Never happen. The IRS will just say nope, no way, Tax Payer information is on those computers and we cant let anyone see that per Federal Law, blah, Privacy Act, blah, blah….. Unless of course your a Dem looking for dirt on your Republican opponent, then they will give you the passwords to every computer.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Yes Lois I’m a conservative who gave to the Tea Party, what’s that I can’t have my gallbladder out until I donate to OFA!

tim c on June 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Johnnyreb,

Never happen. The IRS will just say nope, no way, Tax Payer information is on those computers and we cant let anyone see that per Federal Law, blah, Privacy Act, blah, blah….. Unless of course your a Dem looking for dirt on your Republican opponent, then they will give you the passwords to every computer.

A warrant is a warrant, and super cedes those claims. I’m willing to bet that in the D.C. circuit, and in the court of appeals, they’d get their asses whooped pretty good for trying to block that warrant in that fashion. California? sure it’d work, but not in D.C.

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM

The IRS.

If the GOP cannot make it stick with such an obvious open and shut case against the most unpopular agency in existence then they have no use whatsoever.

sharrukin on June 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Then you have President Barack Obama who joined Taylor in denouncing the “phony scandals” which plague his presidency. “It’s all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base,” he insisted.

When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither is on you side, pound the table.

RadClown on June 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

This focus on HDD crashes is pathetic and insulting.

Everyone over 15 knows emails are routinely saved offsite nightly, especially federal agencies, to say nothing of the servers along the route. It’s routine for businesses of 10 employees!

A Republican administration would have been SHREDDED by the media on this coverup.

Amerikka.

Tard on June 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM

So how about we call Lois back to list of people she has emailed. Then call her co-workers and ask who Lois emailed. For that matter, call every person whose hard drive “crashed” and ask them questions under oath. Let’s see how many plead the 5th Amendment or cut a deal or give different answers.

Start sending subpoenas to agencies besides the IRS for Lois Lerner’s emails. It is not as if when you send an email the only record of it is on your hard drive. I’m not a tech guy, but it seems to me it ought to be entirely possible and not that difficult to get a lot of this stuff without relying on the IRS itself.

hamiltmc on June 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM

the email she sent about Sen. Grassley was noted to be sent from her Blackberry wireless. I don’t know how to link. Did her Blackberry emails also disappear? Those of you who are much better at IT than me, please help explain.

dolfan on June 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Keep defending the IRS, Obama.

22044 on June 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

So how about we call Lois back to list of people she has emailed. Then call her co-workers and ask who Lois emailed. For that matter, call every person whose hard drive “crashed” and ask them questions under oath. Let’s see how many plead the 5th Amendment or cut a deal or give different answers.

Include the IT Dept, I want to see how many of them fall on their swords for her.

Shay on June 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I’m surprised we haven’t heard from Joseph Welch yet.

formwiz on June 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Lois Lerner is the victim. That must be why she took the fifth.

birdwatcher on June 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Lois Lerner is the victim. That must be why she took the fifth.

birdwatcher on June 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

“This is all a witch hunt.”

By golly I think we found one!

VegasRick on June 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

“This is all a witch hunt.”

By golly I think we found one!

VegasRick on June 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

She turned me into a Gingrich.

Flange on June 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

If you believe the polling, if Lerner is ever charged, her attorney will have to request a Change of Venue to another country – I suggest Pakistan.

Another Drew on June 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

The judge will fix the scumhag on July 10.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

These 0bama defenders sound like a punk kid who got caught in school shooting spitballs at the teacher. They’re sitting in the principal’s office, denying everything, slouching in their chairs mumbling to themselves, “man… this is BS.”

UltimateBob on June 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Actually I think this describes Obama perfectly….!

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Taylor and Obama = when ya got nothing, throw bullshit, at least 33% of the population will be dumb enough to believe you.

And Taylor conveniently omits that 6 other IRS employees’ hard drives have “crashed” – people with whom Lerner was in daily contact.

But it’s all a BIG COINCIDENCE!

GarandFan on June 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Let me check if she works in DC….Yes! Yes she does.

A Godless liar.

Mr. Arrogant on June 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Lois Lerner is the victim. That must be why she took the fifth.

birdwatcher on June 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

“This is all a witch hunt.”

By golly I think we found one!

VegasRick on June 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The idiot Juan Williams said Lerner took the Fifth “because she didn’t want to get involved.”

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

If the GOP will call tea party racist than are they serious in going after IRS for this targeting? Or is these just show trials?

earlgrey133 on June 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Should be are not is. :(.

earlgrey133 on June 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

3 out of 4 Americans across party lines see a stinking filthy mess, the lies defending this scandal fall on deaf ears..

nobody credible believes the obama defense… which leaves the news media obama’s sole defenders.. the sole defenders..

we never gave them credibility. Now, many democrats won’t… .

mark81150 on June 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

After prosecuting at the Federal Level for over 23 of the 40 years that I’ve been a lawyer, I’ve heard defense attorneys make the same specious arguments for their clients in thousands of cases. Taylor is not a witness. He observed none of the events. He’s just a highly paid mouthpiece, who’s getting paid hundreds of dollars an hour to go on TV and try to sell the party line. Though he’s advised his client to ‘take the Fifth,” he knows that Holder will not permit her to be prosecuted. So Taylor could care less about the Department of Justice, the Administration, or public opinion. Taylor’s target audience for these outlandish arguments about Lerner and the hard drives is the GOP leadership in the House. Since Taylor knows that there won’t be a prosecution; since he can do the math and realizes that POTUS and AG are invulnerable from Impeachment–even if the GOP takes the Senate; since the only viable option for the people of the US to get to the bottom of this awful attack on American citizens by their own government is for the House to do what “Sharrukin” mentioned above: Arrest Lerner. Though the inherent power to arrest for contempt hasn’t been used in 80 years, it’s still viable. Oh, but that would take courage. My apologies for wasting your time. Sorry.

TonyP on June 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Why do all these exceedingly well-off people keep trying to convince us we’ll see them at the dollar store?

It’s all part of the increasingly delusional myth Democrats tell themselves that they are the tribunes of the middle class. In fact, their party is a strange two-headed beast — picture a Cerberus featuring the faces of Barbra Streisand and Lois Lerner.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Going after Lerner is a “witch” hunt? I would have used a ‘b’ instead of a ‘w’ but we will go with witch.

fight like a girl on June 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Bubble land for Team Obama — Just as they had people on their side who were sure they were going to win the NLRB appointments case, orvatnkeast get a 5-4 loss they could blame on evil Court conservatives, they still think they can spin their way out of this scandal, despite even some if their normal backers admitting this doesn’t look good.

jon1979 on June 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Herb + 1 million

scookam on June 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Contributor oscarwilde speculated that since RINO’s feel Tea Party wrath as much as Demorats do, it isn’t beyond the pale to speculate that RINO’s and their staffers are every bit as much suspect as Demorats for the disappearance of those emails.

Think about it.

I hope it’s true in the same way that Leftists hoped the Times Square Christmas bomber was a white American.

Does that make me a bad person?

Akzed on June 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Whether or not this is a witch hunt, we sure found one.

Akzed on June 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

The idiot Juan Williams said Lerner took the Fifth “because she didn’t want to get involved.”

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

juan reminds me of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg8jODlrka0

VegasRick on June 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

…since the only viable option for the people of the US to get to the bottom of this awful attack on American citizens by their own government is for the House to do what “Sharrukin” mentioned above: Arrest Lerner. Though the inherent power to arrest for contempt hasn’t been used in 80 years, it’s still viable. Oh, but that would take courage. My apologies for wasting your time. Sorry. TonyP on June 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

No apology needed. The mere thought brightened my day a little.

Akzed on June 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I’m still not clear as to why she planted that question in the first place. Is she that stupid? What was she hoping to achieve? I understand there was a report about to be released that wasn’t quite, glowing, shall we say. But why plant the question? Why not do what the administration had always done and continues to do…just ignore the questions until the next scandal breaks?

dtb on June 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Going after Lerner is a “witch” hunt? I would have used a ‘b’ instead of a ‘w’ but we will go with witch.

fight like a girl on June 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Hah!! can you even imagine what it must have been like to work for her? ::::shudder:::::

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The odds of 7 select computers experiencing a hard drive crash during a specifically chosen week with a failure rate of 3.5% during any given year are 1 in 10^21. That means that if we bet your $1 against my $1 Billion that you could find a grain of sand that I’d hidden somewhere on the planet a year ago, your odds of returning to me with the proper grain of sand would be roughly 1,333 percent better than of witnessing the event John Koskinen testified to the House Committee as being a random failure.

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Not necessarily. There probably were more than 7 IRS employees who were involved in harassing conservative organizations, and it doesn’t appear that all their hard drives failed in the same week (rather, the IRS announced the hard drive failures in the same week). If there were only 7 IRS employees who the House Republicans were interested in investigating, that would be a remarkable coincidence for all their hard drives to fail, but I don’t think that’s the case.

That said, I think the IRS is lying about their own e-mail storage process. I think that they actually do have backups on servers and they’re claiming the hard drive failures as a way to avoid producing the backups.

J.S.K. on June 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Sherlock Holmes and the dog that wouldn’t bark. The dog knew the burglar. Why do Democrats protect the IRS?
They give away their guilt by their actions. Pray tell what American doesn’t fear the IRS and an audit? Democrats.

Herb on June 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM
This!
Also my 1st paste!

scookam on June 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

They’re sitting in the principal’s office, denying everything, slouching in their chairs mumbling to themselves, “man… this is BS.”

UltimateBob

This is a perfect description of the Administration’s swarm of adolescent gophers.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

scookam

scookam–After you paste a block of text, highlight it and click on the “quote” button on the form, to set it off as a block quote.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I’m still not clear as to why she planted that question in the first place.

Yes, can someone explain it to me, too, please? I can’t wrap my head around this, either.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Expanding on Flyover’s odds of the hard drives crashing at 1 in 10^21, remember that DNA evidence only has 1 in 10^8 odds of being wrong.

frost_ on June 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Wasn’t it just last year that the final 340 hours of the Nixon tapes were released? So I guess eventually, in about 35-40 years, we can learn about the nefariousness of the past.

Tacitus on June 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I wish they could throw her lawyer in prison, too.

John the Libertarian on June 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

JSK,

Not necessarily. There probably were more than 7 IRS employees who were involved in harassing conservative organizations, and it doesn’t appear that all their hard drives failed in the same week (rather, the IRS announced the hard drive failures in the same week). If there were only 7 IRS employees who the House Republicans were interested in investigating, that would be a remarkable coincidence for all their hard drives to fail, but I don’t think that’s the case.

Nonsense, listen to Koskinen’s testimony again. These drives all failed within one week of each other, and did so during the first week that the investigation had begun. There are statistical improbabilities, and then there’s silliness. John Koskinen has attempted to peddle the latter, and the American people should have an understanding of exactly how asinine his statement’s have been, most especially since every single media outlet took the precaution of telling us how beyond reproach he was when he got appointed to this post.

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Lerner planted the question just before an IG report was to be released so as to down play the significance of the OUTRAGEOUS scheme.

tim c on June 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Republicans aren’t worked up over this abuse of power because conservatives were targeted.

Valiant on June 29, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Sunday Photo Gallery:

Madhattery At Royal Ascot!

Resist We Much on June 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM

More accurately, Taylor’s defense of his client is based on the notion that Lerner is the real victim of targeting here.

More accurately, Taylor’s client is off base since Lerner is a Real Witch here.

jaydee_007 on June 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Poll: 76% of Americans Believe That The IRS ‘DELIBERATELY DESTROYED’ Lois Lerner’s Emails

Resist We Much on June 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Fact: if Lerner’s e-mails are truly destroyed and lost – it was done by a TEAM of experts over a period of more than 30 days.

jaydee_007 on June 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Democrats are masters at projecting whatever they do (lack of responsibility, unaccountability, making false statements, etc.) onto Republicans. They have NO shame in doing so.

While I appreciate the professional and mostly non-partisan hearings, I’d sure like it if our Rs would stop with “this” administration, etc and identify Democrat Obama, Democrat administration, democrat Reid, democrat Pelosi. IF Rs did this, perhaps the low info voter would start recognizing who is really giving them the shaft.

MN J on June 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

A brief lesson in statistics:

….The odds of 7 select computers experiencing a hard drive crash during a specifically chosen week with a failure rate of 3.5% during any given year are 1 in 10^21. That means that if we bet your $1 against my $1 Billion that you could find a grain of sand that I’d hidden somewhere on the planet a year ago, your odds of returning to me with the proper grain of sand would be roughly 1,333 percent better than of witnessing the event John Koskinen testified to the House Committee as being a random failure…..

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

With odds like that it can only mean that the IRS has hundreds if not thousands of hard drives that are on the verge of failure and in need of replacing. Perhaps there needs to be an emergency bill passed, or one of those executive orders that are passing for law now days, that every computer and server for the IRS that is not running an OS with built in hard drive failure checks, have the software installed to warn of sudden and destructive hard drive failures before they happen. Every computer with a similar hard drive to the seven should have the drive replaced.

Franklyn on June 29, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Liars lie

Kevin Burnett on June 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I have been building computers since 1989. I have taught my classes in labs created from recycled classroom/teacher computers for more than a decade, many of those from the same time period as the IRS problem drives, all of course from the lowest bidders. In all of that time I had one failure due to my accidentally scrapping the vacuum seal off a drive,one that became noisy and was replaced before it failed, and one in a laptop when my young daughter was using it on her bed which blocked the cooling fan. In my classroom labs I never had a hard drive failure.

To say 7 failed in a short period of time, and no one noticed they were failing, is beyond credibility.

Many so called hard drive failures are not actually the drive, but the software which has lost access to the drive, or in rare cases such as an electrical surge, the drives electronics which can be replaced. Even then, when I could not regain access or it was not necessary for that drive, I have always been able to access the drive and pull off the data that needed to be saved, then reformat the drive for reuse. The exception would be the metal grinding failures indicating that the heads have crashed into the platters. Those are truly dead drives.

That they are saying the drive was recycled might indicate they were well aware of how easy it would be to recover the data if the drive were found.

Franklyn on June 29, 2014 at 4:26 PM

It’s somewhat laughable that the Left, who — among which, so many of them — presents itself as Computing Experts, technologically superior to us ‘mere knuckle-dragging mortals’ among the Right, that the Left is even TRYING to feign belief that, somehow, the IRS “lost emails” due to whateverhoweverbecausewhateveranyway.

It strains all credible knowledge that the IRS would somehow “lose” emails due to Lerner and allegedly six/seven other “PCs” crashing.

And that the MSNBC/Leftmedia is even trying to keep this excuse afloat renders them even more foolish than they’ve already proven to be.

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Relevant to the “lost emails” excuse is this information from our last Presidential election — the “leak” of which occurred in relationship with Lerner (too):

…The National Organization for Marriage has been awarded a $50,000 settlement from the IRS after the agency admitted wrongdoing in leaking the organization’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of major donors. The information was forwarded from the IRS to the pro-gay marriage group Human Rights Campaign. That group then posted the data on its website during the 2012 presidential campaign. Unauthorized dissemination of such information is a felony.

At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign. Solmonese also became a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman. As Matthew Boyle has reported at Breitbart News, this information was used to attack Mitt Romney during the election campaign, according to the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes Obama’s stance on gay marriage.

The Huffington Post used the leaked documents in a story questioning Romney’s support for traditional marriage. The documents showed Romney donated $10,000 to the National Organization for Marriage.

Names and addresses of National Organization for Marriage donors — contained in a Form 990 Schedule B, which the organization is required to file with the IRS but is not public information — were to be used in the kind of bullying campaign commonly employed by liberal groups.

The prospect of donor names and addresses being made public is also useful in drying up financial support for conservative groups.

“In the beginning, the government claimed that the IRS had done nothing wrong and that NOM itself must have released our confidential information”…

READ the whole thing at: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/062714-706638-irs-admits-guilt-pays-settlement-to-national-organization-for-marriage.htm

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM

With odds like that it can only mean that the IRS has hundreds if not thousands of hard drives that are on the verge of failure and in need of replacing…

Franklyn on June 29, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Interestingly, the IRS under Obama spent close to A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS on “furniture”…(something like $98 million or thereabouts).

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Interestingly, the IRS under Obama spent close to A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS on “furniture”…(something like $98 million or thereabouts).

And by “furniture,” perhaps they meant shredders and handy, infected USB drives…

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Ask Ms. Lerner about the Moral Majority when she was at FCC.

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I’ve been an IT professional since 1998: For a famous investment company, a famous pharmaceutical company, and presently for an iconic label in the fashion industry.
When a user loses their laptop…..or if their hard-drive crashes, they are issued a new laptop (or new hard-drive). In either case, that device is ‘imaged’ with the appropriate OS, and then configured for that user. As a tech, I’d log-in with the user’s credentials and configure their desktop, favorites, drive-mappings, printers……and their email. So, while their email is stored locally on the ‘C’ drive, those emails are (drumroll)…..copies. Once I’ve completed the configuration & setup of the user’s new laptop or hard-drive, those same emails are once-again available. So, for Lois Lerner to state that those emails are gone….never to return…..is pure bullsh!t.
And if it was actually a server that crashed (and NOT Lois’ personal computer), then not only would Lois’ emails be gone, but the emails of a great many others would also be gone, which would imply that there was no redundancy in place. That, too, would be bullsh!t. An organization such as the IRS is NOT going to employ an IT infrastructure that DOES NOT implement redundancy and backup.

mjs28c on June 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

scookam–After you paste a block of text, highlight it and click on the “quote” button on the form, to set it off as a block quote.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Thank you Contrarian. May it work this time. Crossing fingers.

scookam on June 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Scookam,

are you related to Skookam, the contributing author at Flopping Aces?

Flyovercountry on June 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

If IRS and Benghazi are phony scandals then 9-11 and Boston Marathon were phony attacks.

MaiDee on June 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

If IRS and Benghazi are phony scandals then 9-11 and Boston Marathon were phony attacks.

MaiDee on June 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

And don’t forget, the outing of Valerie Plame was a legitimate national security scandal. All Bush’s Fault, too!

This despite the fact that the Left made Phillip Agee, who outed hundreds of CIA agents, their hero. Orwell was right!

Del Dolemonte on June 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Say now is it true that “The Donald” offered 10 million for the recovery of the emails. Someone has them, and money will be the incentive to retrieve them no doubt!

justonevictory on June 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I read a fluff piece on yahoo written by a flight attendant. She said multiple people ask her, when they’re up in the air, where the “lines between the states are”. Like on a map.

These are the people who believe every line about the Republicans and this “phony scandal”. They are Obama’s base. Nothing you can do about it.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Ask Ms. Lerner about the Moral Majority when she was at FCC.

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I heard the other night that they have now subpoenaed ALL of Lois Lerner’s records in public “service” dating back to 1986. I believe it was Darrell Issa on with Greta Van Sustren who said it.

Naturally Curly on June 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It was the FEC – and she did have a considerable history of abusing her power and targeting conservatives during her tenure at the FEC.

Lerner has clearly demonstrated a contempt towards conservatives and conservative organizations in her career, and has not hesitated to not only abuse her power, violate internal regulations, break federal law to persecute those who she differs with politically, but she’s also taken steps to protect those who share her political views.

It’s not a far stretch from this willing bias to being someone, who with other senior IRS officials, also conspired to willfully destroy / spoil evidence of not only their wrong-doing, but links to others in the federal bureaucracy, including political wing and WH Counsel’s office, the FEC, the DoJ, the Treasury, and leading Congressional Democrats in a massive cover-up of their collective malfeasance.

It also speaks volumes on the vapidity of the defense of Lerner, Flax, and others (including the President), when the only real evidence offered are the repeated claims of it being a ‘phony scandal’ that’s politically motivated. Projection isn’t a defense.

Athos on June 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

You have a dumb client that is trying to cover up things and even dumber attorney spewing WH dribble. Does this guy not realize that by spouting off, he can be called be congress to testify , and if he refuses could held in contempt as well.

ConservativePartyNow on June 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM

That footer should read;

Political witch hunt….

Tilly on June 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

BTW – The abuses of power at the IRS and the DoJ regarding their actions is something that this current President ADVOCATED when he was campaigning for office in 2008….

…This goes to the WH. There is no doubt, just as there is no doubt that there is an active and deliberate cover-up underway which includes the willful destruction and spoilage of evidence to avoid accountability. These actions were the wishes and desires of the President and he threatened to take these actions during his campaign.

The SCOTUS Citizen’s United decision, the effects of the 2010 midterms, all worked to motivate the WH, Congressional Democrats, and corrupt partisan officials in the IRS, Treasury, DoJ, and FEC to use the power of the Executive Branch to persecute, damage, and attempt to silence conservative organizations in order to gain an electoral advantage. And when they started to get called on their illegal activity, the cover-up began – a cover-up that may start to unravel on July 10th….

Athos on June 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Maybe its just me but if I’ve been accused of wrong doing and i have the proof to back up my assertion and prove my innocence you damn well better believe id be making sure that was available. On the other hand, if i have been involved with nefarious activities and i need to stonewall or make excuses or worse buy time to destroy evidence and take the the 5th it might not look so good. Judge for yourself.

jaywemm on June 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

The political players at the IRS thought their cause against Citizens United was so just, it demanded illegal behavior by them, a sort of civil disobedience.

They commit crimes to try to make the Supreme Court ruling, null and void, in real life circumstances! And it worked for one election.

They tried to take away the right of personhood to individuals, not just corporations, as they were so incensed about, but individuals as well! What a cause, what a hill to die on! Taking away their fellow American’s right to dissent! For shame!

I hope tomorrow, that the Supreme Court gives a broad ruling on the Hobby Lobby case that makes it clear that just because your business is successful you don’t give up your civil rights.

Having a successful business should not be punished by giving up your right to your own conscience.

Once that would have been a liberal view. That the government can’t infringe on your right to conscience. It just shows how far from their own values they have strayed.

Now it is only about controlling others. Making others bow down to their God.

It has become a State Religion, that the government determines what is moral for us, and all other religions, while allowed, must conform to the State religion.

I think there is something in our Constitution about not setting up a State Religion. I hope that is still true after tomorrow.

petunia on June 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

mjs28c on June 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

What’s really incredible about all this, is that they really think that we would believe such a thing!

Email isn’t like pictures that you download into your hard drive. They are transmitted through the networks and go through other computer systems!

petunia on June 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

And if it was actually a server that crashed (and NOT Lois’ personal computer), then not only would Lois’ emails be gone, but the emails of a great many others would also be gone, which would imply that there was no redundancy in place. That, too, would be bullsh!t. An organization such as the IRS is NOT going to employ an IT infrastructure that DOES NOT implement redundancy and backup.

mjs28c on June 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I have to ask (though I already know the answer) how many e-mail servers are you aware of that are not utilizing RAID 5 on a Drive Bay?

jaydee_007 on June 30, 2014 at 1:09 AM

It was like yesterday–the Watergate Hearings and Alexander Butterfield announcement about the WH tapes. I was elated! They would prove Nixon had nothing to do with the break in! Imagine my disappointment the tapes had an 18 1/2 minute gap. So I understand the Democrat reaction to the lost emails. Just think if Nixon had a protective DoJ and media as Obama, Nixon would probably rank way up there as Best President.

Herb on June 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

It is a witch hunt and we caught her! Now she needs to be stuffed and mounted.

MCGIRV on June 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM