Tea party blindside, IRS lied, Hard drives died, Credibility fried
Lois Lerner is showing us what’s become of Obama’s legacy of “transparency” (yeah, motherfucking air quotes). From Politico:
Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightning rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.
“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.
Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late Wednesday, citing IRS officials.
It may just be standard government procedure, but the revelation is significant because some lawmakers and observers thought there was a way that tech experts could revive Lerner’s emails after they were washed away in a computer crash in the summer of 2011. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), for example, subpoenaed her damaged hard drive earlier this week, when he asked for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRS issued to Lois G. Lerner.”
“IT experts have weighed in and said yes — we can get those” emails, said Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) earlier Wednesday.
The latest news suggests such professionals may never get the chance to try again — and the IRS has even said its criminal investigators who specialize in rebuilding hard drives to recover hidden information from criminals were unable to restore the data back in 2011. But this is only likely to further enrage Republicans, who are fuming over the matter and suspect Washington officials drove the selective scrutiny.
When the people in charge of making sure they know our financial shit better than us are put in charge of investigating themselves, it’s not surprising they know all the ways of actually destroying a hard drive. It’s the kind of “accident” that usually leaves some Google fingerprints, so maybe Congress should subpoena every record coming from their IP addresses.
Just an idea.
I’m not holding my breath, we all know Congress couldn’t find a clue at a Robert Downey Jr. premiere.
And for the next Obama “transparency” trick, here’s a memo detailing how the truck that was carrying the recycled hard drive crashed into an orphanage, which then burned to the ground, which tripped the fire alarm at a nearby prison, which then freed only the most violent and hardened criminals.
The president will undoubtedly say he heard about it from Pinterest.