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Stall tactics of the IRS targeting religious non-profits is unraveling

The IRS may be the ones being audited and in hot water for harassing non-profit religious organizations.
The IRS may be the ones being audited and in hot water for harassing non-profit religious organizations.

You can run, but you can’t hide.

Ever since the top official of the IRS Lois Lerner pleaded the fifth amendment then innocently claimed “I have done nothing wrong”, she quickly exited from her high profile position at the Internal Revenue Service and has been avoiding congressional inquiries ever since.

Meanwhile at the pressure of agencies seeking the truth, there has been a whole flurry of activity that is taking the IRS to task for failing to comply with congressional orders for presenting certain emails. What was the IRS’ intelligent response?......."we lost them".

Judicial Watch isn’t buying it. The American Center for Law and Justice isn’t buying it. And more importantly two federal judges are giving the IRS thirty days to present the emails and the IRS had better have a better reason than “we lost them”.

Refusing to comply to a federal order for the emails has turned into a shell game of try and find them. In an arrogant example of hiding the truth, Lerner prompted subordinate employees that “we should be careful what we say in emails” when she learned the IRS was being investigated.

Lerner failed to disclose to Congress that the IRS had an internal messaging system known as OCS which was unknown to congressional investigators and others. Lerner inquired to an IRS employee if the “OCS conversations were also searchable” and she was instructed that the individual conversation participants are not saved unless they were intentionally saved and Learner responded, “Perfect”.

The IRS claimed a computer crash caused the Lerner emails to be lost, however it appears that only emails directed to the departments in question of the federal government were the ones lost.

Just twelve days after a revelation that the IRS was targeting conservative groups, an email from Lerner on April 9th, 2013 with a subject line of “OCS” disclosed:

“I had a question today about OCS (Microsoft Office Communications Service). I was cautioning folks about emails and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails, and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails—so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails. Someone asked if OCS conversations were also searchable—I don’t know, but told them I would get back to them. Do you know?”

Recently when IRS Commissioner Koskinen was questioned about the previous Lerner email and the OCS system, he said he was completely unaware of either. The same IRS official did admit that there are more Lerner emails to be turned over to Congress and said, “I’m sure some of those will be interesting to people”.

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