Everyone remembers the now famous missing emails of Lois Lerner, Obama’s “go-to gal” in the IRS to harass conservatives and Tea Party organizations.
But now, it seems the IRS is still up to its shenanigans when it comes to preserving documentation; especially documentation which could lead to criminal charges against the agency and some of its employees.
Once again, the IRS has destroyed vital information; this time information it was ordered to save.
Breitbart has the shocking story:
Despite a court preservation order, the IRS has wiped the hard drive of their former director of transfer pricing operations, Samuel Maruca.
Maruca is connected to the agency’s controversial retainer of law firm Quinn Emanuel. The IRS privately contracted the litigation firm to assist in an audit of a corporate taxpayer, overlooking the firm’s lack of any experience managing sensitive tax data.
The IRS has faced criticism for its decision, specifically from Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). In a letter to the IRS, Senator Hatch voiced his concern that the agency’s $2.2 million tax-payer funded contract with the outside firm was completely unnecessary; the IRS currently employs 40,000 individuals trained to manage taxpayer data and audits, as well as the expertise of the Chief Counsel and Department of Justice attorney.
To protect taxpayers, there are strict regulations from Congress that limit the necessary functions of the auditing process — including acquiring sworn testimony — to officers of the Treasury Department. According to Senator Hatch, the IRS neglected to follow protocol when they hired the outside firm without first requesting authorization from Congress to do so. The Finance Committee has never before seen such functions relegated to private contractors.
This is unbelievable. A federal judge orders the IRS to preserve evidence and they intentionally destroy it! If any private individual or company had done this, they would be facing serious prison time.
Hatch is not the only member of Congress outraged by this “covering one’s tracks” by the IRS. The Daily Caller also reports on reactions from the House:
Leading members of Congress are ripping IRS officials for erasing a computer hard drive after a federal judge ordered it to be preserved.
“The destruction of evidence subject to preservation orders and subpoenas has been an ongoing problem under your leadership at the IRS,” Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Rep. Jim Jordan , wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen late Thursday.
“It is stunning to see that the IRS does not take reasonable care to preserve documents that it is legally required to protect,” Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, and Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said in the letter to Koskinen.
The IRS recently admitted in court to erasing the hard drive even though a federal judge had issued a preservation related to a Microsoft Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the federal tax agency last year, according to court documents. Microsoft accuses the IRS of inappropriately hiring an…