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    IRS: Lois Lerner had second secret personal email account (in addition to “Toby Miles”)

    IRS: Lois Lerner had second secret personal email account (in addition to “Toby Miles”)

    Account had no name designation. IRS refuses to identify email address.

    Last week, in an August 24, 2015 Status Report, the Internal Revenue Service disclosed that Lois Lerner used a secret personal email account denominated as “Toby Miles.” The filing was in a FOIA case filed by Judicial Watch.

    In a filing last night of an August 31, 2015 Status Report, the IRS revealed that  Lerner also used “a second personal email account” that, unlike the Toby Miles account, “does not appear to be associated with a denomination; only the email address itself appears.” The IRS refuses to disclose the email address for either the Toby Miles or the newly discovered account.

    (added) Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, commented on this latest disclosure:

    “It is disturbing that the Obama administration’s explanations to a federal judge about Lois Lerner’s emails become inoperative after only one week. Last week, the court was told that that Lois Lerner had a second alias email account under the name “Toby Miles”. This week the court is told that the “Toby Miles” account isn’t a separate account but that that there still is a second Lerner account, address unrevealed, with IRS-related emails. This game of cat and mouse shows that both the Obama IRS and Justice Department continue with their contempt for Judge Sullivan’s orders that Ms. Lerner’s emails about this scandal be disclosed as the law requires.”

    The August 31 status report reads, in part (full embed at bottom of post):

    As noted in the Service’s August 24, 2015, Status Report, former Service employee Lois Lerner sent or received work-related emails from a personal email account. In particular, Lerner sent or received work-related emails from an email account which was variously denominated “Lois G. Lerner,” “Lois Home,” or “Toby Miles.” The Service had previously released twelve emails to Judicial Watch containing the denomination Toby Miles, including nine emails in which the denomination Toby Miles was redacted. On August 31, 2015, the Service rereleased copies of those nine emails to Judicial Watch without redacting the denomination Toby Miles.

    At the time that we filed the August 24, 2015, Status Report, the undersigned attorneys were unable to confirm whether Lerner sent or received any work-related emails from another personal email account for the time period in question. The undersigned attorneys have now confirmed that Lerner also sent or received work-related emails from a second personal email account. Unlike the personal email account described above, that account does not appear to have been associated with a denomination; only the email address itself appears. Emails located by the Service from the second personal account have been reviewed and either released to Judicial Watch or determined to be non-responsive to these FOIA requests. Consistent with its prior releases, the Service is withholding the two personal email addresses described herein pursuant to Exemptions (b)(6) and (b)(7)(C). Out of an abundance of caution, the Service has conducted a search for all documents in the Congressional database using the email address of the personal accounts identified above. That search located approximately 400 emails from three
    sources: emails and documents collected from the more than 80 custodians; emails and documents that Lerner’s attorneys provided to the Service in response to a request from one of the Congressional Committees investigating the Service; and emails that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) forensically recovered and returned to the Service.

    The Service matched the approximately 400 emails against the material previously gathered as potentially responsive to the FOIA requests at issue here and identified approximately 160 emails that had not previously been reviewed for responsiveness to these FOIA requests. The Service reviewed those approximately 160 emails and determined that all were either non-responsive or were duplicates of material previously released to Judicial Watch.

     

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    Judicial Watch FOIA Lois Lerner – IRS Status Report 8-31-2015

    [Note Judicial Watch had represented Legal Insurrection in FOIA matters including as to David Gregory and the Virginia State Bar, and also is an advertiser.]

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    TX-rifraph | September 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    At least the eGOP eunuchs are holding the administration accountable — no, wait…

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/TransparencyandOpenGovernment

    Transparency, Rule of Law, — democrat contempt for the country is on display.


       
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      Ragspierre in reply to TX-rifraph. | September 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Remember, though, you can’t as a dog to meow.

      Congress is NOT a prosecutor. That role belongs to the executive.

      And when the executive is a bunch of criminals, you have a break-down of our civil compact.

        Remember though, Congress DOES have some inherent investigatory powers.

        What they SHOULD do is send out the Sergeant at Arms, have him pick up Ms. Lerner for contempt for failing to answer Congress and deposit her in the Congressional Jail until such time as she sees fit to talk.

        Just leave her in there until she starts singing like a canary as to who was pulling the targeting strings from the White House.

        Unfortunately that seems unlikely to happen with the current weak GOP leadership. Hopefully 2016 will lead to more Tea Partiers joining the Caucus sufficient to displace “The Weeper” Boehner and “Sen. Surrender” McConnell.


           
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          Ragspierre in reply to Chuck Skinner. | September 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

          I don’t disagree with any of that, though the use of the Congressional jail is pretty dusty and rusty. NOW is a great time to oil up the hinges and reinstate the prerogative, IMNHO.

          However, I think that any such action would be immediately met with a writ of habeus corpus, which would be granted.

          Still, it would be a worthwhile exercise, and would at least induce a pucker in the witch Lerner.


           
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          Estragon in reply to Chuck Skinner. | September 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

          The Sergeant at Arms has no arrest powers outside the Capitol grounds and legislative office buildings.


     
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    clintack | September 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Watergate made “The coverup is worse than the crime.” famous.

    But it’s not true.

    Nixon would never have had to resign without the big picture point: He got caught cheating in the election.

    Scandals need a simple big picture. The IRS had its thumb on the scale in the 2008 Presidential election. Hillary Clinton sold influence to hostile foreign governments while she was Secretary of State. Those are good stories — and true.

    Give me: Hillary Clinton played fast and loose with classified documents and as a result ISIL was able to attack our embassy and kill our ambassador. Now *that* would be a scandal. Heck, just the fact that foreign hackers cracked her private email server and gained access to classified data. Keep talking about that!

    We aren’t going to get anywhere with air gaps and private email accounts.


       
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      healthguyfsu in reply to clintack. | September 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      THis is not the tabloids or netflix. Corrupt politicians and their government cronies learn from their predecessors and obscure things in this way.

      It becomes very hard to trace and find things not vetted through the proper channels. The idea that these people were funneling government business through these channels should raise your eyebrows sufficiently without the drama factor.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to clintack. | September 2, 2015 at 1:18 am

      We don’t actually know that foreign crackers cracked her private email server and gained access to classified data. That is pure speculation. The assumption that her server was less secure than the governments’ may not be correct, especially since we know the government’s system was cracked.


     
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    2nd Ammendment Mother | September 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    And like the problem at the EPA with Lisa Jackson’s “secret email addresses” that she used to make off the record deals with environmental groups on “sue and settle” cases, they were being used to dodge FOIA requests. Someone gave Harry Reid a copy of Mitt Romney’s tax returns and Valarie Jarrett copies of the Koch’s and other prominent Republican donors tax documents.

    This in particular is the part of the FOIA that the White House is trying to avoid because it is a big well defined NO-NO that is printed on the front door of the IRS – every person who works there knows it.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to 2nd Ammendment Mother. | September 2, 2015 at 1:29 am

      How do you know someone gave Harry Reid a copy of Mitt Romney’s tax returns? He never released anything. He claimed to have received information that Romney had not paid any taxes for the past 10 years, which he attributed to a source who, according his own narrative, could not possibly have known this. You seem to be assuming that he lied about his source, and his actual source was the IRS; but that requires that the underlying claim was true. Isn’t it far more likely that nobody told him anything, let alone leaked him any documents, and he simply made the whole thing up?

    Does anybody think Tom Fitton’s use of “inoperative” (a word famously used by Nixon Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler) is just coincidence ?

    The usage was later mocked in “The Groove Tube (1974)” ..

    Inoperative .. inoperative .. That statement is inoperative.


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