More Computer Crashes Plague the IRS – Not Even a “Smidgen” of Corruption Here, Folks
The Daily Caller reported today:
IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.
This agency has more problems with computers than any company I have ever worked for in my life! Isn’t it crazy that all of these computer crashes are happening to people involved in the IRS targeting investigation? What are the odds?
Let’s see, so far we have computers crashes, with data loss, reported for:
Lois Lerner: The head of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, until she was placed on administrative leave amidst the controversy and is now being held in Contempt of Congress (not that anything will ever be done about that, in my opinion). She, of course, was the one who famously said all of the targeting was done by a few “rogue” employees in a remote field office in Cincinnati. She also plead the Fifth at House Oversight hearings. You know – the Fifth – so she would not incriminate herself in anything criminal. But, she did NOTHING criminal mind you, according to her subsequent statement that no one was allowed to ask her questions on, because she pleaded the Fifth. Say what? How does that work?
Nikole Flax: The former chief of staff to ex-IRS commissioner Steven Miller. You know, the same Steven Miller who visited the White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011. (George W. Bush’s tax chief visited one time in four years. But, I digress.) Ms. Flax visited the White House 31 times herself, between July 12, 2010 and May 8, 2013.
Michelle Eldridge: IRS National Media Relations Chief, who defended the IRS when it came under fire for whistleblower reprisal from its inspector general and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (the same Senator we would later find out Lerner tried to target for audit).
Kimberly Kitchens: Agent who donated to Obama’s 2012 campaign and worked in the IRS Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements office in Cincinnati in 2012. You know, the same office that Lerner tried to blame back in the beginning for the whole targeting stuff.
Nancy Heagney: Another Cincinatti agent who worked under Lerner.
Julie Chen: An Exempt Organizations agent.
Tyler Chumny: A supervisory agent that served as a Cincinnati-based contact person on at least one tax exempt decision letter signed by Lerner.
So yeah, these were the first seven people who’s computers crashed, that are all tied up in this scandal.
And now we can add the following to the list of computer crashes:
David Fish: Manager of EO Guidance (which develops formal and informal guidance to the public on tax-exempt issues). Also served as Acting Director of Rulings and Agreements in late 2011 and early 2012. Routinely corresponded with Lerner.
Andy Megosh: Group manager in Exempt Organizations guidance. Cited in the Ways and Means Committee’s referral of Lerner to the Justice Department.
Justin Lowe: Lerner’s technical advisor. Prior to that he was a tax-law specialist in EO (Exempt Organizations) Technical and then EO Guidance.
Move along. Nothing to see.