3:15 PM, Jun 26, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
Were Lois Lerner’s allegedly lost emails actually destroyed? An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), isn’t so sure, and they don’t find IRS commissioner Koskinen’s explanation of their loss very plausible.
IAITAM administers internationally accepted certifications for information technology professionals. According to the group’s standards, if Lerner’s supposedly malfunctioning hardware was properly destroyed, there would be records of it.
Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, president of IAITAM, questions whether there is documentation of the destruction of the files. Who performed the work, says Rembiesa, is important because not all IT professionals are IAITAM certified.
“The notion that these emails just magically vanished makes no sense whatsoever. That is not how IT asset management at major businesses and government institutions works in this country. When the hard drive in question was destroyed, the IRS should have called in an accredited IT Asset Destruction (ITAD) professional or firm to complete that process, which requires extensive documentation, official signoffs, approvals, and signatures of completion. If this was done, there would be records. If this was not done, this is the smoking gun that proves the drive or drives were destroyed improperly – or not at all.”
In hearings this week before the House of Representatives, Koskinen testified that the IRS tried to reconstruct the information from the hard drives but didn’t outline the details of their destruction.
Many of the missing Lerner emails exist on the hard drives of other IRS employees with whom she corresponded, but the IRS has not outlined a plan to find those to comply with subpoenas from the House of Representatives.
8:28 PM, Jun 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The IRS reportedly used a private company to back up emails, a new report claims. The company is called Sonasoft, which boasts, "Email Archiving Done Right."
10:57 AM, Jun 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan took IRS commissioner John Koskinen to task over the agency's claim that hundreds of emails sent by IRS officials were lost. The emails were requested in an investigation into the IRS's improper treatment of conservative tax-exempt groups in the run-up to the 2012 election.
May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed last summer by Judicial Watch, the Obama administration last week released 41 documents related to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. An email from the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, has received most of the attention. In it, Rhodes laid out four goals for Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who would be appearing on five Sunday talk shows 36 hours later.
3:39 PM, Oct 8, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Essential.6:17 AM, Oct 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Well, at least Vice President Joe Biden has some staff on hand for the government shutdown. Otherwise, who else would've edited his daily schedule sent out to the press?
7:21 AM, Aug 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama defended the NSA surveillance program in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo this morning.
On the NSA surveillance program, Cuomo asked, "Are you confident that you know everything that's going on within that agency and that you can say to the American people, 'It's all done the right way'?"
8:20 AM, Jun 3, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A former campaign manager for New Mexico governor Susana Martinez was indicted in federal court Thursday on 12 counts of illegally intercepting emails intended for members of Martinez’s 2010 campaign, including some sent to Martinez herself. Now, some are questioning whether the current Democratic attorney general (and a potential opponent for Martinez in the Republican’s reelection bid next year) and a liberal activist connected to Bill Richardson, Martinez’s Democratic predecessor, were involved in the distribution of some of those illegally obtained emails.
9:14 AM, May 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Republican National Committee announces that it's filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the release of all "Benghazi Emails Between Obama’s Reelection Campaign and State Department." The RNC's press release reads:
The Benghazi email dump leaves some big questions unansweredMay 27, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 35 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
So, what about the video? The White House last week released nearly 100 pages of emails detailing some of the discussions within the Obama administration that resulted in major revisions to talking points about the Benghazi attacks drafted by the Central Intelligence Agency.
9:34 AM, May 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes on the Benghazi emails, last night on Sean Hannity's Fox News show:
10:13 AM, May 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Twitter this morning, David Axelrod, a former top political adviser to Barack Obama, tried to downplay the significance of the growing Benghazi scandal. "I think this story is BS," he said, arguing that those concerned about the Obama adminstration's handling of the terror attack are really only concerned about a possible Hillary Clinton run for president.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:50 PM, May 10, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with William Kristol on Benghazi and the week in review.