Perhaps the Lerner Emails Still Exist (IRS Scandal Update)

There has been plenty of news regarding the IRS scandal. The most interesting is that IRS managers testified that it’s possible that Lois Lerner’s emails still exist.

The Washington Post published an article on six questions that IT managers believe should be asked of the IRS.

An IRS manager noted that other employees who are related to the scandal suffered hard drive failures, too. Really?

Finally, Kim Strassel has an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal on the IRS scandal and ObamaCare. Here’s an excerpt:

Yet rather than engage in a basic legal analysis—a core duty of an agency charged with tax laws—the IRS instead set about obtaining cover for its predetermined political goal. A March 27, 2011, email has IRS employees asking HHS political hires to cover the tax agency’s backside by issuing its own rule deeming HHS-run exchanges to be state-run exchanges. HHS did so in July 2011. One month later the IRS rushed out its own rule—providing subsidies for all.

That proposed rule was criticized by dozens of scholars and congressional members, all telling the IRS it had a big legal problem. Yet again, the IRS did no legal analysis. It instead brought in a former aide to Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett, whose job appeared to be to gin up an after-the-fact defense of the IRS’s actions. The agency formalized its rule in May 2012.

I have no doubt that this scandal will be unresolved when I return from my vacation.


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