IRS Found to Have Erased Hundreds of Backup Tapes Regarding Tea Party Scandal

IRS Found to Have Erased Hundreds of Backup Tapes Regarding Tea Party Scandal

The IRS has been a veritable circus of ineptitude since it was discovered to have been targeting tea party-affiliated groups. The latest episode in this saga includes IRS employees “accidentally” deleting 422 computer backup tapes regarding the aforementioned scandal. Yeah, and these people handle our most delicate information.

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From The Gateway Pundit:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinentestified before the House Oversight and Government Reform on March 26, 2014. Koskinen told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) during the hearing that Lois Lerner’s emails were archived and it would take a long time to retrieve them.

In June the IRS told Congress Lois Lerner’s emails were lostin a computer crash.
BREAKING: Obama IRS Erased 422 Computer Backup Tapes Related to Tea Party Scandal

Jim Hoft Jun 25th, 2015 9:01 am 30 Comments
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The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:

Hundreds of conservative groups
At least 5 pro-Israel groups
Constitutional groups
Groups that criticized Obama administration
At least two pro-life groups
An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
A 180 year-old Baptist paper
A Texas voting-rights group
A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
Conservative activists and businesses
At least one conservative Hispanic group
IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
10% of Tea Party donors were audited by the IRS
And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative

IRS Commissioner John Koskinentestified before the House Oversight and Government Reform on March 26, 2014. Koskinen told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) during the hearing that Lois Lerner’s emails were archived and it would take a long time to retrieve them.

In June the IRS told Congress Lois Lerner’s emails were lost in a computer crash.

In April the Inspector General notified the Senate Finance Committee that they have recovered thousands of Lois Lerner emails.

Now this…
The Obama IRS erased 422 computer backup tapes related to the Tea Party scandal.
The IRS erased the tapes after the agency came under investigation in the massive criminal investigation.
The AP reported:

Investigators are blaming mistakes by IRS employees — not a criminal conspiracy — for the loss of thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal.

IRS workers erased 422 computer backup tapes that “most likely” contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has emerged as a central figure in congressional investigations, according to IRS’s inspector general.

The workers erased the tapes a month after IRS officials discovered that an untold number of Lerner’s emails were lost. The IG says the workers were unaware of a year-old directive not to destroy email backup tapes.

J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee about his investigation into the emails. The Associated Press obtained a copy of his prepared testimony.

George says his investigation “did not uncover evidence that the erasure was done in furtherance of an effort to destroy evidence or conceal information from Congress and/or law enforcement.”

Still, the revelation that computer tapes were erased after officials knew about the lost emails is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed investigations into the scandal.

An IRS spokeswoman said Wednesday evening the agency had no immediate comment.

So if this really was an accidental deletion, we can expect some firings in the near future, right? I mean, you can’t be that irresponsible and work for people who hold all of the information of just about everyone in the nation. that SHOULDN’T be the case, anyway.

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