Darrell Issa Fuming Upon Learning Lois Lerner's Hard Drive Was Destroyed

Tyler Durden's picture

Following Darrell Issa's subpoena of Lois Lerner's hard drive, the rather stunning (and ripped from the pages of a badly written inside-Washington TV mini-series) news is that the IRS reports that the hard drive in question has been destroyed (just as we hinted last night). "We've been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away," Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview and as Politico reports, Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources. Issa is pissed... blasting in a statement that the 'lost emails' meme was "just one more attempted deception... e-mails of a prominent official, don’t just disappear without a trace unless that was the intention." His response... requesting the White House attorney's testimony on Lerner's emails.

As Politico reports,

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.


“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.




“IT experts have weighed in and said yes — we can get those” emails, said Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) earlier Wednesday.


The latest news suggests such professionals may never get the chance to try again — and the IRS has even said its criminal investigators who specialize in rebuilding hard drives to recover hidden information from criminals were unable to restore the data back in 2011.


“We believe the standard IRS protocol was followed in 2011 for disposing of the broken hard drive. A bad hard drive, like other broken Information Technology equipment, is sent to a recycler as part of our regular process,” an IRS spokesman said in response to a query from POLITICO.

So the standard IRS protocol is to wipe away all the evidence? Can US taxpayers then use the same protocol to "wipe away" their W2s?

As for this latest fiasco, who could have possibly seen that coming?  Well, everyone.

As for the hard disk, we have a suspicion it will not only have passed through a massive magnetic field first, but ultimately Issa will receive something that looks like this:



At that point it will be up to America's army of White Hat hackers to attempt salvaging whatever data is on it. Because only in the US government - the same government that demands businesses retain electronic data for years at at ime - is there no requirement to back up one's communications and files.

Upon learning about the latest lie from the IRS he issued this statement.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, issued the following statement on news that the IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing e-mails from the time period of IRS targeting:


“If the IRS truly got rid of evidence in a way that violated the Federal Records Act and ensured the FBI never got a crack at recovering files from an official claiming a Fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination , this is proof their whole line about ‘losing’ e-mails in the targeting scandal was just one more attempted deception. Old and useless binders of information are still stored and maintained on federal agency shelves; official records, like the e-mails of a prominent official, don’t just disappear without a trace unless that was the intention.”

And finally his latest request:

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa requests testimony on Tuesday from Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office, according to statement from Issa’s office


Committee seeks answers from current White House attorney who supervised IRS’s response to congressional inquiry


House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today requested that Ms. Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office testify on Tuesday, following Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen’s testimony on Monday.


“From May 2013 until November 2013, you served in a career position at the IRS as the Counselor to the Commissioner, with the primary task of ‘navigat[ing] the scandal over [the IRS’s] reviews of conservative organizations,’” said Issa in the letter. “In this position, you had a direct and substantial role in the IRS’s response to congressional requests for documents, including documents sent or received by Ms. Lerner.  In fact, IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins, when asked who was supervising the collection of, ‘documents relating to the committee’s requests for material,’ responded ‘Tom Kane and Jennifer [O’Connor] are the two I would identify as the key supervisors.’ Given your prominent role in supervising the IRS’s document review and production processes, you likely knew or should have known that the IRS was missing a portion of e-mails sent or received by Ms. Lerner responsive to the Committee’s subpoena.”


Ms. O’Connor earned a promotion to the White House earlier this year. The Oversight Committee had previously subpoenaed Koskinen for testimony which comes as a result of the agency’s recent statement that the IRS lost an unknown number of emails pertaining to the activities of former IRS official Lois Lerner from January 2009 to April 2011. It also comes on the heels of the IRS’s repeated empty promises of compliance with oversight.

One wonders how long before her hard drive fails? and also how long until Americans finally realize they too have had enough, and proceed to inform the IRS they have systematically "lost" all tax forms documenting income sent to them in the last several years as well?

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alexcojones's picture

Dayum, what were the odds?

Poor Lois

max2205's picture

You think Darrell Is pissed, you should see the video of Hitler when he found out about the destroyed hard drive!

Bennie Noakes's picture

Darn! Where is the NSA when you need them? Don't they have those emails archived at a facility in Utah?

NoDebt's picture

You're not supposed to point that out, Bennie.

Meanwhile, back at the White House, Bathouse Barry just busted out in a fit of giggles, screaming "what are you gonna do about it, Issa, you bitch?"  He then rang up Reggie's cell phone and said to come over and bring the "toys", he had something to celebrate with him.  Whatever that means.

icanhasbailout's picture

If Lois Lerner or any other person at her level of management really wanted their email archives back and couldn't get them, heads would roll in the IT department. As no heads rolled, it is obvious she didn't want them.

palmereldritch's picture

The premise that there would be direct email communication between Lerner @ her IRS email account with the WH is overly simplistic and naive IMO.

That’s not to say there wasn’t information on the hard drive that would lead somewhere hence the need for its destruction and the neat ending to an indirectly false narrative. Kind of like Obama’s original birth certificate, it’s not necessarily what you think it says but it does probably lead somewhere important.

If there was communication between Lerner and parties @ the WH, discretion would most likely dictate it be indirect and through a private email provider (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc.). 

Issa would probably be more productive in serving subpoenas on all these large private email providers for any account information established with Lerner’s parent IRS email account(s).  That private email account, if it exists, would be a treasure trove of contacts and content.

The only thing more absurd than the excuse, “The dog ate my hard drive” would be the people accepting the theatre affirming it as the end of the story.

666's picture

This is all pointless. There have been and will continue to be endless government scandals, and the sheeple will forget them in an instant when their dole checks come in the mail. Until the revolution begins, I think I'll stay in bed and sleep.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Sometimes grade school children in Chernobyl is use "my homework is melt" excuse, but IRS in Amerika is make Boris laugh with feeble excuse.

Save_America1st's picture

Issa isn't that stupid, so why is he acting like he doesn't understand that emails don't reside on PC hard drives...that all servers are redundantly backed up...that off-site archives to tapes are also kept of everything from the servers...and that we all fucking know this basic shit???  He doesn't really want to bust Lerner at all.   

Remember...at the heart of everything out of the District of Criminals it's all just political theater to keep the masses enthralled in the political ping pong bullshit they're playing for us. 

This is just another WWF style scripted match and we're supposed to play the part of the idiotic rednecks who believe all this shit is real. 

But after the "big show" in front of the crowd and the cameras, the players all go to the locker room, laugh at what idiots the crowds are for believing all this scripted bullshit, and then they go out and get drunk together and plan out the next "big show".


Xibalba's picture

Best guess?  Holder has his nuts in a vice. 

Just call it 'Holdering'



ps Welcome back is Boris!

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Sometimes I think they bet each other how stupid the people are and what they will buy as an excuse.

Mr. Magoo's picture

What are you gonna do Daryl, hold your breath till your face turns blue. PUSSY!!!!!!!!!!!

JackT's picture

Can't the NSA just use the metadata to source the delivery and retrieve the emails from the recipient? It's still her data..right?

Son of Loki's picture

Intentionally destroying incriminating evidence usually earns you 5 years in the pokie. Luckily, the Law only applies to the Little Peeples so she's safe.

wee-weed up's picture



The attitude of this Admin...

On all it's lawlessness against the American people..

Is "FUCK YOU!"...

"We dare you to do anything about it!"

Of course, the wimpy Repub opposition...

Is terrified of appearing racist...

As the Left's race baiters...

Will point out over and over again.

Our Nation is being completely destroyed,,,

By Political Correctness!

MeMadMax's picture

Check the servers.

Emails are usually stored on a server somewhere.

SilverIsKing's picture

If these are e-mails that she sent to others, then wouldn't they also reside on the computers of those she sent them to?

And if these are e-mails she received, wouldn't they also reside on those who sent them to her?


Of course all of those drives have also been damaged.  What luck!

Occident Mortal's picture

If you wanted to review somebodies legacy emails you don't need their .PST file.

Surely EVERYBODY knows that emails travel over the wires and are copied and stored at multiple locations including;


the source work station,
the source server,
the source server back up system,
the ISP servers,
more ISP servers,
the destination server,
the destination server back up system,
the destination work station,

the NSA's dragnet operation out in Utah.


Surely in 2014 nobody on the planet actually believes for one moment that sent emails can be destroyed?

Manthong's picture

This is way better than Geitners turbo-tax failure.

DaveyJones's picture

They just announced that they found the hard drive with those chemical weapons

zhandax's picture

You really think one of those fucktards in congress knows what a server is?  Issa is worth over $300mm.  He pays people to know what a server is.  Heaven forbid he would listen to them, but he pays them.

sleigher's picture

Issa isn't that stupid and I am sure he understand all of that.  It is the rest of the country who doesn't and he is playing his part to keep the slumbering beast asleep.  You are absolutely right with your WWF analogy.  Most people think of their own computer and don't know how it works but know there is a hard drive, so it must be roughly the same for the IRS right.  "Well, I guess her hard disk failed.  I remember I had to get that boy from down the street to fix mine when it failed."

pelican's picture

They are claiming the backup tapes had been rotated so they have since been overwritten.  Many organization do this.


It is fucking amazing.  I get a ticket for failing to get in the left hand lane from a right hand merge and this bitch gets away with this.

It is clear now that there is a double standard and if this was Nixon, Bush,Carter, Reagan, or Bill Clinton, they would have been impeached overthis, if not physically removed from the White House.

Fucking arch criminals.

Meat Hammer's picture

Issa is just reading his lines.

PT's picture

Not every day the prosecution incriminates itself.  The judge may be able to feign ignorance but he isn't looking too innocent either.

Unless he goes after the servers and the back-ups, the minimum charge is incompetence.

dryam's picture

The entire government sham is just getting ridiculous.  It's like a child who says a few lies.  Then, further lies are required to cover up the initiial lies.  It soon becomes an exponential explosion of more lies to cover all the previous lies.  This Ponzi of of lies will implode one day soon, not too unsimiliar to the financial system.

Tall Tom's picture

The implosion of the Ponzi of Lies will happen coincidentally with the Ponzi Financial System (which is also a lie) as there will be a lot of demonizing and fingerpointing.


Coming to a theater near you soon and every night is Audience Participation Night.


Darrel Issa is just pure theater.

El Oregonian's picture

Emails are NOT stored on hard drives. They are stored on the SERVER!!! Come on you effing criminals!!!

G-R-U-N-T's picture

bullish on lies! bullish on criminals!

Dingleberry's picture

There have been a million examples of criminal self-incrimination via the electronic method.

This time was no different. Only a liberal or retard would think otherwise.

If this was a repub or conservative, the media would be creaming on themselves, and on each other.

They have been fellating Obama since he was a candidate.

WillyGroper's picture

I guarantee you there's an optical backup of every keystroke she ever made & not just at the NSA. At issue is getting your hands on it. 

I understand ISSA prefers arson to lose the pesky details.

palmereldritch's picture

Addendum: My scenario above is just one of the many paths Issa should be pursuing.  The overall explanation provided bythe IRS is patently ridiculous on its face as thoroughly dissected on these threads and elsewhere.

However, using a layer of private email addresses between the ultimate end parties has the added bonus that it provides a firewall against direct incrimination.

The WH can thus effectively and honestly (from a technical weasel lawyer speak perspective) answer that:

No...we provided all the emails we received from Lois Lerner @ the IRS.  (Now, orc.bitch.irs666@hotmail.com, well that's a different matter all together. We got a fucking boatload of those babies...But you know what?...No one asked).

G-R-U-N-T's picture
  • Please provide a timeline of the crash and documentation covering when it was first discovered and by whom; when, how and by whom it was learned that materials were lost; the official documentation reporting the crash and federal data loss; documentation reflecting all attempts to recover the materials; and the remediation records documenting the fix. This material should include the names of all officials and technicians involved, as well as all internal communications about the matter.
  • Please provide all documents and emails that refer to the crash from the time that it happened through the IRS’ disclosure to Congress Friday that it had occurred.
  • Please provide the documents that show the computer crash and lost data were appropriately reported to the required entities including any contractor servicing the IRS. If the incident was not reported, please explain why.
  • Please provide a list summarizing what other data was irretrievably lost in the computer crash. If the loss involved any personal data, was the loss disclosed to those impacted? If not, why?
  • Please provide documentation reflecting any security analyses done to assess the impact of the crash and lost materials. If such analyses were not performed, why not?
  • Please provide documentation showing the steps taken to recover the material, and the names of all technicians who attempted the recovery.
  • Please explain why redundancies required for federal systems were either not used or were not effective in restoring the lost materials, and provide documentation showing how this shortfall has been remediated.
  • Please provide any documents reflecting an investigation into how the crash resulted in the irretrievable loss of federal data and what factors were found to be responsible for the existence of this situation.
  • I would also ask for those who discovered and reported the crash to testify under oath, as well as any officials who reported the materials as having been irretrievably lost.


Lois Lerner’s Lost Emails: Questions for the IRS


palmereldritch's picture

The Building 7 of Hard Drives

Calmyourself's picture

"Ms, O'Connor was promoted to the White House"  can you say "Executive Priviledge"?  These are criminals, but we have no one to prosecute them, Bye America..

booboo's picture

I am beginning to think this is just another coordinated operation by both parties red and blue to distract and divide after all the republicans hate the tea party more then anyone and were just giddy when they were being ass probed by the revenue crowd. I'm calling bullshit and you watch, not one fucking person will do a minute of time over this. Once the election is over this whole thing will blow over.

mrdenis's picture

 "not even a smidgen of corruption."...........BHO 

Antifaschistische's picture

who cares about a hard drive?   Emails aren't stored on a freakin hard drive!  The question is, were the emails erased from the mail server?   Were they NEVER part of a backup process?   Were the back-up's destroyed or altered?

At the IRS, there's a very good chance that even internal IRS emails traveled over the internet...which means, the NSA does have them...which means, you'll never get them for this investigation.  

stant's picture

Can't wait for that one, I need a laugh

Xibalba's picture

Re: the burning of W2's, they can't replace us all with Mexicans can they?  

....oh wait...

rubiconsolutions's picture

Repeal the 16th amendment and this won't be a problem. Of course the republicans and democrats want to keep playing games which only serves to legitimize the immoral practice of enslaving people by way of direct taxation. 

pods's picture

How about repeal the government?  


delacroix's picture

the 16th amendment was never ratified

7.62x54r's picture

The SCOTUS differs on that, sorry. Everyone who has used that as a legal argument has been screwed, except for one jury nulification in Arkansas.

I don't like it, but the judicial prostitutes don't care.

EmmittFitzhume's picture

Heads will roll!!!!!!



doctor10's picture

That's a start now. A few other drives at the IRS and Social Security office and we'll easily be free men once again.

OldPhart's picture

One would think that the group "Anonymous" would be able to trace and find all of Lois Lerner's emails. They're "Hackers". This should be right up their alley.