Tuesday, August 13, 2013
IRS’s Lerner Caught Using Personal E-mail to Hide Official Business From Congress
It has now come out that Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner picked up a trick used by former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, DOJ Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer during Operation Fast and Furious and by recently confirmed Labor Secretary Tom Perez during his time as a DOJ Civil Rights Attorney.
She was caught using a personal e-mail account under an alias to conduct official business so that it would not be captured by records requests by Congress relating to her or Freedom of Information Act requests. It also impedes investigations because personal accounts are not archived by the government. Jackson used 'Richard Windsor' as her alias, while Lerner used 'Lois Home'.
This is also known as obstruction of justice, the last time I checked.
House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and his colleague, Ohio congressman Jim Jordan wrote to Lerner, demanding the relevant documents for the period between January 2008 and the present.
“This raises some serious questions concerning your use of a non-official e-mail account to conduct official business,” the GOP lawmakers wrote. “Additional documents related to the Committee’s investigation may exist in these non-official accounts over which you have some control, and the lack of access to this information prevents the Committee from fully assessing your actions.” Issa and Jordan are requesting that Lerner produce the documents they want by August 27.
Lerner is already in hot water because its been discovered that she communicated with an FEC attorney about two conservative groups, and the information she disclosed very likely constitutes a felony, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines or five years in prison, plus the loss of her federal job.
She is refusing to testify before the committee unless she's given immunity.
Yep..just another one of President Obama's 'phony scandals'.