When former President Trump’s home was raided by the FBI, a Florida judge that reportedly gave the authority for the search was far more kind in the past when Lois Lerner, who headed a division of the IRS and a harsh critic of Republicans, deleted tens of thousands of emails.
“There was a Congressional inquiry that lasted a year before the IRS acknowledged that Lois Lerner’s emails ‘disappeared’ during the 2009 through 2011 time period,” Robert Wood wrote in Forbes.
“The IRS told Congressional investigators on Friday that it was unable to recover two years worth of emails from the former boss of the agency’s tax-exempt status dept., Lois Lerner,” reported the Washington Post in 2014, which added that Lerner was the center of the investigation involving the IRS’ targeting of organizations affiliated with the Tea Party. According to Politico, Lerner is a registered Democrat.
“Let me put it another way: Incompetence does not always imply criminality. I believe the IRS has one of the oldest computer systems today, and that emails might have vanished without Ms. Lerner being aware of it or her involvement, which is entirely believable to me,” said Judge Reinhart when asked about Lerner’s missing emails.
“And I’m certain that will be her reason: she was a high-level employee in the Department. When Congress issued a subpoena, it was given to individuals who did this often; they were told to dig up everything. Information came back to her indicating that she had been told something, and it turned out not to be true; however, that isn’t a crime. It’s not a crime if she didn’t realize it wasn’t real,” Reinhart said.
The host highlighted that Lerner wrote, “I was warning folks about email and how we’ve had several situations where Congress has requested for emails and there’s been electronic searches for any responsive emails, so we should be careful what we write in emails.”
“It might be interpreted to say, ‘Destroy what we currently have,’ which would absolutely be criminal; or it may be inferred to imply, ‘Be careful what you write in the future,’” Reinhart said. “I believe at the end of the day, whatever occurred here is more than likely not a crime, and I don’t see anything coming from any other smoking gun in terms of her insulation from those production issues.”
In some of Lerner’s emails, she had referred to Republicans as “a**holes and “crazies,” according to CBS News. In response to certain facts revealed by Lerner’s emails, Republican Representative Dave Camp, who had chaired the Means and House Ways Committee, wrote AG Eric Holder: “This newly found evidence has clearly demonstrated why Ms. Lerner not only went after conservatives, but also denied these organizations their rights to equal protection and due process under the law.”
The IRS revealed in a court filing that Lerner used a personal e-mail account with the name “Toby Miles” to conduct business for the IRS in 2015.