From The Conservative Tribune: Funny. We have always been told that anything we write and send as email or through social media stays in cyberspace forever. Someday something we should not have written and posted may return to haunt us and potentially ruin some aspect of our lives.
Yet Lois Lerner, former head of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service, seemed to have been the only individual in the world whose potentially damning emails got completely and irretrievably lost.
This seemed awfully lucky for Lerner, who was suspected of working with Obama administration officials from 2009 to 2011 to target conservative and tea party groups and delay their requests to obtain tax-exempt status.
As a subsequent investigation into IRS dealings with these groups widened, Lerner’s 30,000 emails were said to be gone forever.
IRS officials explained that Lerner’s computer had crashed. In that event, all her data should have been copied to a disaster recovery tape. But, according to these officials, the tape could only hold six months of data, so all of Lerner’s emails had been either deleted or overwritten.
But Lerner’s luck ran out late in 2014. In November, the IRS inspector general announced that Lerner’s emails had been recovered. Apparently, they were still on some archived tapes.
Since then the job of investigators has been to sift through the emails. The discoveries being made are confirming our worst fears. Lerner was, in fact, abusing her position at the IRS by being involved in activities that could potentially land her in jail.
For example, in a February 2012 email, Lerner asks for a special program to show IRS employees how to hold back information from Congress.
In another email written the next year, Lerner states that she would take the blame for not having sufficiently trained her staff to target groups seeking tax-exempt status (H/T Judicial Watch).
Wait. Is she saying that she is at fault for not getting her staff to be as devious as she by delaying the tax-exemption requests of conservative groups? Why would her staff need any extra training anyway unless there was some change in the way tax-exempt requests were being handled? And why would any IRS information be knowingly withheld from Congress?
The likely answers shed a bad light on Lerner, to say the least.
In addition, other emails revealed that she went back and forth between admitting her actions then denying any wrongdoing.
But one thing is apparently true. What you write and send as email can come back to haunt you. The emails now coming back to Lois Lerner should be scaring the living daylights out of her.