By Columnist Jim Kouri
On the same day as a public-interest watchdog announced that alleged IRS conspirator Lois Lerner's "lost or missing" subpoenaed emails were intentionally not retrieved, it was learned on Monday that Lerner intentionally destroyed her Blackberry.
The device was rendered useless well after it was known that her office desktop computer crashed and she was anticipating having to appear before a panel of lawmakers, according to information from federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s court.
An IRS official declared under oath, that the destroyed Blackberry contained the same subpoenaed emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s computer hard-drive. Judge Sullivan had decided the best way to arrive at the truth with the suspected IRS conspirators was to have them give sworn-testimony so any false statement would lead to criminal charges of perjury or obstruction of justice.
On Monday, the Examiner reported that the Department of Justice attorneys on behalf of the IRS reported to Judicial Watch that Lois Lerner’s "lost" emails, in fact all information stored on government computers, "are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe."
"The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system," according to Judicial Watch.
The IRS' deputy chief information officer, Stephen Manning, claimed that Lerner's hard drive crashed in June 2011 and was later trashed by IRS. Then the IRS claimed that the emails of a number of other IRS officials were also missing in similar “crashes,” an event that many experts said was next to impossible and highly improbable.
Judge Sullivan reportedly has been relentless in forcing the IRS to provide information about the alleged IRS corruption and the Judicial Watch lawsuit that has provided more information about the emails than the congressional investigators.
This new information regarding IRS deceitfulness is connected with officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of conservative and Tea Party non-profit organizations for excessive scrutiny at the behest of former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner.