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Video || I Hear You Knocking, Lois . . .

You may be aware the other day that a video was put out featuring conservative writer Jason Mattera ambushing former IRS official Lois Lerner while she was walking her dogs, asking her if she wanted to apologize for targeting conservatives.

Now, I’m no fan of such tactics, which I think are designed more to call attention to the ambusher than actually elicit information or make a serious point. But I did think it was kind of funny that when she tried to escape by knocking on a neighbor’s door, they told her and her dogs to get lost.

Humorist and musician The Ronnie Buss thought it was amusing too.

Judicial Watch: “Lost” Lerner Emails Exist

A Department of Justice attorney informed the government accountability group Judicial Watch Friday that Lois Lerner’s supposedly missing emails must in fact be present in a government-wide computer backup system, but that it would be too difficult for officials to go ahead and retrieve them.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News today, saying:

A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that, it turns out, the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington – and there’s a catastrophe – so the government can continue operating. And they say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s emails from that backup system . . .

Everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing emails of Lois Lerner . . . it’s all been a pack of malarky. They could get these records, but they don’t want to, and they haven’t told anyone about it, frankly, until we were able to get it out of them on Friday. There’s no such thing as Lois Lerner’s missing emails. It’s all been a big lie.

The emails of Lerner and other IRS officials are being sought by Judicial Watch through Freedom of Information Act requests and a FOIA lawsuit.

Video || Lerner Punches Hole in Computer

The Daily Caller has uncovered damning video of former IRS official Lois Lerner that explains once and for all what happened to her lost emails: She destroyed her hard drive by punching a hole in her computer.

Below is video – apparently made by the IRS employee who sat in the cubicle next to her – that caught Lerner in the act.

Nevertheless, Lerner’s emails were backed up on the computer of her supervisor. But these were lost too when his computer also bit the dust.

White House Dossier applauds the investigative work of its colleagues at the Daily Caller, which has several more videos related the Lerner case here.

Video || Lerner Takes the Fifth; Cummings Throws a Fit

Former IRS official Lois Lerner, who headed up the division that targeted Tea Party groups, took the Fifth again today during her second appearance before the House Oversight Committee, refusing to answer any questions.

It’s not that she absolutely refuses to testify. She’s haggling with the committee over whether she can get immunity for her remarks and perhaps make them in a private deposition instead of in public. Apparently it didn’t work out.

Anyway, House Speaker John Boehner threatened to hold her in contempt.

“I’ll wait for a report from [House Oversight] Chairman [Darrell] Issa about what happened and what will happen, but at some point … she has to testify or she should be held in contempt,” Boehner said.

Here she is, refusing to testify.

And that’s when the fun really began.

When Oversight ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) tried to speak up, committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) cut his mike. Cummings was supposed to be asking a question, but he then he tried to make a statement.

As Issa short-circuited his performance, Cummings had a conniption, erupting about the ruination of the republic and so forth.

Here’s the transcript, as provided by Roll Call.

CUMMINGS: Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this. You just cannot do this. We are better than that as a country. We are better than that as a committee.

(Garbled.)

I don’t care but the fact is I am asking a question. I am the ranking member of the committee and I want to ask a question.

What are we hiding? What’s the big deal. May I ask my question? May I make my statement?

ISSA: You are all free to leave, we’ve adjourned, but the gentleman may ask his question.

CUMMINGS: Thank you very much. Mr. Chairman, I have one procedural question, and it goes to trying to help you get the information by the way that you just asked.

ISSA: What is your question?

CUMMINGS: No, let me say what I have to say. I’ve listened to you for the last 15 or 20 minutes. Let me say what I have to say. Chairman, I have one procedural question.

ISSA: Ms. Lerner, you’re adj — you’re released — you may …

CUMMINGS: But first, I would like to use my time to make some brief points. For the past year, the central Republican accusation …

ISSA: We’re adjourned, close it down. …Thank you.

CUMMINGS (mic cut off): … in this investigation (garbled) …

DEMOCRATS: Shame, shame

CUMMINGS: … Before our committee read a single document or interviewed one witness Chairman Issa went on national television (crosstalk) the president’s political enemies effectively and lied about it during an election year. He continued this theme on Sunday …

ISSA: Mr. Cummings … Mr. Cummings, what is your question?

CUMMINGS: If you will sit down and allow me to ask a question …

Here’s the video.

Lois Lerner: You Can’t Fire Me, I’m Quitting!

Lois Lerner, the IRS official who helped run the targeting of conservative groups, is trying to get out of town ahead of the posse and retiring, according to reports.

Lerner took the Fifth before a congressional committee in May, claiming she had done nothing wrong. Which doesn’t exactly explain why she took the Fifth.

Recently unearthed emails by Lerner raise doubts about claims that the IRS targeting was a rogue operation run out of Cincinnati, as claimed by IRS officials.

According to Politico, Lerner was about to be fired.

A Democratic congressional aide said the IRS was moving toward terminating Lerner after completing an investigation into her role in the targeting controversy.

The IRS found that Lerner mismanaged her department and was “neglectful of duty” but found no evidence of political bias, the aide said.

Lerner’s attorney has expressed interest in immunity in exchange for testimony before Congress, according to Politico.

IRS Superhero Lois Lame

You don’t hear much about it in the liberal branch of mainstream media – that is, most of it – but the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups is continuing, and progress is being made.

The Wall Street Journal today reports that the House Ways and Means Committee has dug up emails between Lois Lerner – who took the Fifth, and possibly for good reason – and her staff that raise doubts about claims this was a non-political rogue operation done out of Cincinnati:

In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff—including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz—that a Tea Party matter is “very dangerous,” and is something “Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Ms. Lerner adds, “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”

Earlier this summer, IRS lawyer Carter Hull, who oversaw the review of many Tea Party cases and questionnaires, testified that his oversight began in April 2010. Tea party cases under review are “being supervised by Chip Hull at each step,” Ms. Paz wrote to Ms. Lerner in a February 2011 email. “He reviews info from TPs, correspondence to TPs etc. No decisions are going out of Cincy until we go all the way through the process with the c3 and c4 cases here.” TP stands for Tea Party, and she means 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups.

Lerner, surprise surprise, appears to be a Democrat, as you will see in the excerpt below. What’s disturbing is that she casually shares this information with a staffer – they are supposed to be working together as nonpartisans – under the clear assumption that her aide is a Democrat too.

On July 10, 2012 then Lerner-adviser Sharon Light emailed Ms. Lerner a National Public Radio story on how outside money was making it hard for Democrats to hold their Senate majority.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had complained to the Federal Election Commission that conservative groups like Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity should be treated as political committees, rather than 501(c)(4)s, which are tax-exempt social welfare groups that do not have to disclose their donors.

“Perhaps the FEC will save the day,” Ms. Lerner wrote back later that morning.

Were this the Bush administration, of course, the press, despite its hobbled financial state, would be all over the story and steaming with outrage. It would be unearthing this stuff before the lumbering Congressional committee could find it.

But the press would rather spin its wheels writing about a presidential contest that won’t occur for another three years than investigate the Sage from Hawaii who came to Washington to do good.

Lois Lerner Headed Right Back to the Oversight Panel

The House Oversight Committee voted 22-17 Friday that IRS official Lois Lerner got too cute with her profession of innocence during her May 22 appearance before the committee and as a result waived her Fifth Amendment rights.

So she’ll be coming back to testify, though it’s not clear when.

Lerner, who oversaw the IRS division that targeted right wing groups, tried to somehow invoke her right against self-incrimination while also saying there was nothing to incriminate her about.

“I believe Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment protection,” House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said before the committee vote. “She made four specific denials. Those denials are at the core of the committee’s investigation into this matter.”

Now she’ll have to answer questions. And, I suppose, sue the attorney who told her she could get away with a protestation of innocence while invoking the Fifth.

Here’s some video of the moment she screwed up.

Lerner May Have Waived Right to Take the Fifth

Guess what? The lady may have protested too much!

IRS official Lois Lerner may have waived her right to Fifth-Amendment sanctioned silence before the House Oversight Committee because she decided to issue an in-your-face statement during today’s hearing about how she never did anything wrong.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Politico he plans to haul her . . . posterior . . . right back into the witness seat whence it arose.

“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.”

Lerner’s possible mistake was noticed immediately by the sharp-minded Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former prosecutor, who wanted to keep her before the committee.

He said lawmakers should at least be able to ask her questions about assertions she made in her statement.

“Think back to a trial,” he said. “You want to tell the jury you didn’t commit the crime but you don’t want the prosecutor to ask you any questions after you do it?”

He added: “That never would be allowed to happen.”

I mean, I’m just a caveman. I don’t understand the law. Your modern ways frighten and confuse me. But if you are invoking the Fifth Amendment right not to have to testify against yourself on the grounds that you might incriminate yourself, how does it make sense to be allowed to say you did nothing wrong? How can you, as Gowdy notes, just say, “I’m innocent,” and then be allowed to shut up and not be asked about it?

See you soon, Ms. Lerner!
 

Lois Lerner of the IRS Takes the Fifth

Lois Lerner, the IRS official who was in charge of the division that targeted conservative groups, refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee today, invoking her Fifth Amendment rights. But Lerner asserted that she was guilty of no misconduct or crimes. “I have not done anything wrong,” Lerner said. “I have not broken any… Continue Reading

Lois Lerner of the IRS to take the Fifth

Now things are getting extra interesting. The IRS official in charge of the division that scrutinized tax exempt organizations when the agency targeted Republicans will invoke her Fifth amendment right not to incriminate herself if forced to appear as scheduled Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. In a letter to the panel, her attorney asked… Continue Reading