A top "Inside the Beltway" watchdog on Monday revealed more alleged deceitfulness connected with officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the questions involving former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner's email communications regarding the targeting of conservative and Tea Party non-profit organizations.
During his appearance on Fox News Channel, Judicial Watch's President Tom Fitton said that there were new developments in the IRS’ missing emails investigation. He called the excuses given repeatedly by Obama administrative officials "malarkey!"
"There is no such thing as missing emails, only inconvenient ones," Judicial Watch's Director of Public Affairs Jill Farrell told the Examiner on Monday..
According to Fitton, 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.
"What that appears to mean is the Obama administration is too lazy to search for documents that may confirm the suspicions of many legislators, news reporters, commentators, and conservative leaders including some who were actually targeted by Lerner," said Mike Baker, a political strategist and former police investigator.
"We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan," said Fitton in his statement.
IRS officials recently gave sworn testimony before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is also investigating the claims by Lerner and others at the IRS officials regarding the "missing emails," which have been the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and a subsequent lawsuit.
Despite the judge's demands regarding the emails, the Obama administration persists in obstructing the truth about “missing” emails from Lois Lerner and her alleged co-conspirators. Judge Sullivan urged officials with Judicial Watch to "submit a request for limited discovery into the missing IRS records after September 10, 2014."
Fitton states that:
"This is a jaw-dropping revelation. The Obama administration had been lying to the American people about Lois Lerner’s missing emails. There are no “missing” Lois Lerner emails – nor missing emails of any of the other top IRS or other government officials whose emails seem to be disappearing at increasingly alarming rate. All the focus on missing hard drives has been a diversion. The Obama administration has known all along where the email records could be – but dishonestly withheld this information. You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice."