Stunner: Lerner aide, 2 Cincinnati employees among those whose emails the IRS lost

Stunner: Lerner aide, 2 Cincinnati employees among those whose emails the IRS lost

[Ed. – I’m having visions of the groaning demons from the movie Ghost swooping down to carry away IRS email servers.]

It’s Friday, so IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted to Congressional investigators that the agency that forces all of us to keep records for seven years lest they attempt to audit or imprison us has lost the e-mails of five more of its employees connected to the IRS scandal. The culprit? Computer and hard drive crashes, once again, that occurred between 2009 and 2014, and which Koskinen claims pre-dated the Congressional investigation.

One of the employees in question was a senior adviser to Lois Lerner. Two others were employees in the Cincinnati office that dealt with most tax-exempt designations.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a report sent to the committees investigating whether the IRS unfairly targeted conservative groups in recent years said 18 of the 82 people “had some type of technical computer issue” between September 2009 and February 2014. Five of those “had hard-drive issues that resulted in a probable loss of emails during portions of the four-year period.”

They include: Judy Kindell, a former senior adviser to Lerner; Justin Lowe, a tax law specialist for exempt organizations who worked with Kindell; IRS manager Ron Shoemaker, who helped oversee the tea party cases; and Julie Chen and Nancy Heagney, who are Cincinnati-based IRS agents working on the tea party cases.

Again, Koskinen is claiming there is no evidence that data was deliberately destroyed. But, as I’ve said from the beginning, even if all the computer crashes were completely innocent, which increasingly strains credulity, the IRS has already a) admitted unfairly targeting conservatives explicitly based on the content of their political speech and b) is so incredibly negligent in its record-keeping that Koskinen should be prostrate with guilt instead of hurling spitballs every time he sits in front of Congress.

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