IRS lawyer: Lois Lerner’s Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe

Via Fox News:

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”

That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

“We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

“If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime. If you make a statement in court saying the evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

I’m not holding my breath, but this may finally be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and causes the legacy media to pay attention. You have a senior IRS lawyer admitting that relevant evidence in an ongoing investigation was deliberately destroyed – a felony – by or at the behest of a high-level IRS official (Lois Lerner). Capitol Hill Republicans should renew their calls for a special prosecutor because there’s no way Eric Holder will investigate these crimes. Holder, Obama’s corrupt Attorney General, considers his job to be Obama’s defense counsel rather than the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Had this been a Republican administration, the media would have demanded a special prosecutor be appointed many months ago. See Nixon, Richard.


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