Lois Lerner Unwittingly Reveals IRS Instant Messaging System
How can Lerner not be in jail yet?
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Lois Lerner has unwittingly revealed that the IRS had an internal instant messaging system above and beyond their e-mail system. So when she says that the dog ate her e-mails and that the computer crashed and it had seven months of e-mails or seven, whatever, however many disappeared, I don’t remember ’cause it was bogus, it doesn’t matter.
It turns out that the IRS has this internal messaging system sort of like the old prof notes in the old, old days of the Iran-Contra crisis. Old Microsoft stuff. I don’t know what it is, but it was above and beyond e-mail and Lois Lerner was caught warning other IRS workers to be careful what they put in their e-mails because they might end up being seen. They might end up being subpoenaed so be careful what you put in your e-mails. And nobody, up until that moment, knew the IRS had its own private IM system.
Now, this is pretty amazing for several reasons. First, it shows that Lois Lerner was very concerned about what Congress might find in her e-mails and in her colleagues’ e-mails and in her instant messages. This idea that, “There’s nothing to hide, the server just crashed. I heard a guy on the radio, Limbaugh says it happens, and it happened to me.” Yeah, well, it doesn’t happen to this degree to anybody. Not this many servers, not this many different e-mails crash at the same time. Anyway, she was very concerned about what Congress might find. Therefore she was making efforts to hide what was in those e-mails, and she was warning her colleagues to be very careful about what they put in the e-mails.
So they’re trying to hide things, there’s no question. And she was concerned immediately after the inspector general at the IRS unearthed that they were targeting Tea Party people. Ms. Lerner was clearly concerned Congress would be able to search her e-mails and her instant messages, and when she was told that the instant messages were not automatically saved, she was relieved. Secondly, there’s a story in Politico about this, and they mention in passing Congress didn’t even know about the instant message system. Nobody did. She inadvertently revealed it.