Justice Dept. lawyers admit Lerner emails were never missing; ‘jaw-dropping’ says Judicial Watch

In an explosive revelation to Judicial Watch late on Friday, Justice Department attorneys admitted that the federal government backs up everything in case of a catastrophe, and that included the missing Lois Lerner emails.

The watchdog group that was among those improperly scrutinized by the Internal Revenue Service was told the stumbling block had been the backup system was too onerous to search, The Hill reported.

“This is a jaw-dropping revelation,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “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.”

However, an Obama administration official cognizant of Friday’s conversation responded that Judicial Watch was mischaracterizing the information, and misinterpreting it. He said that lawyers from Justice were only referring to tapes routinely recycled before 2013, prior to the conservative groups-targeting investigation.

“There is no newly divulged backup system that was not previously known about,” he said, echoing exactly what Nixon administration officials contended until Alexander Butterfield popped the cork on that bottle. “Government lawyers were simply referring to the backup system at the IRS that Commissioner Koskinen had already disclosed,” according to The Hill.

Fitton called that “malarkey,” saying that Justice attorneys also admitted that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was investigating this back-up system.

Presiding Judge Emmet G. Sullivan suggested to Judicial Watch to submit its request for limited discovery into Lerner’s missing emails after September 10.

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140 thoughts on “Justice Dept. lawyers admit Lerner emails were never missing; ‘jaw-dropping’ says Judicial Watch

  1. Richard Carew says:

    Democrats, lying? Say it isn’t so. LOL

    If anybody ever had any doubts that they were lying from the start to the finish…I say to you…please don’t breed.

  2. Grant Ritchie says:

    The mainstream media is going to be all OVER this, in 3… 2… 1…

  3. tedlv says:

    I worked in IT in a GOCO. Our emails were religiously archived. I bet they still exist. That was 1993. The lies are amazing.

  4. capers2 says:

    This is the type of obfuscating government we can always expect when the POTUS and nearly every other elected official is a [email protected] lawyer…

  5. mogul264 says:

    So now, can our government elected DEMAND the IRS, or whomever maintains THIS backup (actually, I’m pretty sure there ARE more!) give up the info to the public! We, (not JUST the ‘government’) SHOULD be given the info to determine, for ourselves, WHO, is guilty, if so, of WHAT, and push for criminal charges, for those who ARE guilty!

  6. dman001948 says:

    I retired from the fed gov’t and let me clue you all in they back up everything and to say the emails are missing is pure BS and is part of a Obama cover-up.

    1. Kernighan says:

      All this appears to be a trick being used by IRS and administration officials in order to avoid legally required response to a Congressional subpoena. In 2013, there was news of other research which showed that prior to this IRS targeting of conservative groups, the head of the union which covers IRS employees was meeting (and bragged about meeting with them) regularly with the White House. The idea is that this may have been a conduit (many of us believe a “community organizer” would naturally use a union for something like this).

      There seem to have been several potential detailed connections between the White House and the IRS which could have directed this process. We already know Nixon TRIED to do this, but was rebuffed by IRS. With Nixon, the “coverup” became a blot on his presidency which resulted in his removal from office. That only happens because the press joins into the movement. In this current case, there appears to be really profound obstruction, and it appears to be by both IRS and White House sources. We don’t see the press joining in telling that story, except for conservative news sources.

  7. Josiah Peterson says:

    Why after September 10? Get all the e-mails and see how far the treason she was attached to went. What does this judge have to hide prior to September 10

  8. Charles Fuhro says:

    So Eric Holder and his Justice Department lied to the American people when they said the Lois Lerner’s E-mails were missing. Why does this not surprise me at all?

  9. Thomas Meadows says:

    Time to start putting people in jai,INCLUDING THE “LAWYERS WHO SUPPORTED THIS LIE

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