12:18 PM, Jul 21, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), wants to know why the IRS’s IT Asset Managers have apparently “disappeared at a key juncture.”
IAITAM administers internationally accepted certifications for information technology professionals, and according to their records “at least three IT Asset Managers…were working at the IRS prior to the 13 May 2013 Inspector General Report [that detailed the IRS abuse of conservative political groups].”
However, IAITAM claims in a press release Monday that those workers “were shuffled out from those positions around the time of the report.” The group’s president, Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, urged Congress and the investigators from the Department of Justice to “determine if these in-house IT Asset Managers were removed from the picture as the IRS email investigation heated up.”
Rembiesa also questions whether Lois Lerner used a BlackBerry device to send email, as many federal employees do, since use of a BlackBerry might have inadvertently preserved the supposedly lost data.
Until the IRS provides documentation that Lerner’s hard drive was wiped or destroyed, Rembiesa says the hard drives “should be considered lost, not destroyed.”
Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The facts are simple. The IRS systematically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups after their activism proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama’s famous “shellacking.” The effects of this targeting were widespread. Some Tea Party groups were neutered in the months before the 2012 presidential election.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:59 PM, Jun 24, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the latest news on the IRS scandal.
9:28 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio excoriated the Internal Revenue Service commissioner Monday night in a House hearing looking into the agency's malfeasance regarding conservative non-profit groups. Jordan focused his questioning to when IRS comissioner John Koskinen knew about the loss of critical emails from former official Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified that he discovered a computer hard drive crash lost the Lerner emails in April but did not report this publicly until presenting Congress with a report earlier this month.
Watch the exchange below:
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:50 PM, May 13, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Mark Hemingway on the IRS Scandal and why it resonates with voters.
10:53 AM, May 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The House of Representatives voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt on Wednesday, with every Republican and six Democrats supporting the resolution. The measure passed 231 to 187, without a single Republican voting against it. The six Democrats who voted with the GOP are Ron Barber of Arizona, John Barrow of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Patrick Murphy of Florida, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.
All six hail from swing districts and are in tough bids for reelection for 2014.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:10 PM, Mar 5, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the IRS Scandal, Lois Lerner, and why the press won't get serious about it.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:15 PM, Feb 6, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Mark Hemingway on why the IRS scandal won't be going away anytime soon.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:19 PM, Jul 19, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's impromptu speech to the White House press corps on the Zimmerman trial, the IRS oversight hearings investigating the scandal, and the House's votes to delay Obamacare.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:00 PM, Jul 18, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on today's investigative hearings on the IRS scandal.
2:31 PM, Jul 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
As witnesses have testified to the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service may have played a role in the IRS’s practice of reserving special scrutiny for Tea Party and other conservative political groups. William Wilkins, chief counsel and one of two political appointees at the IRS, was “closely involved in some of the applications” for tax-exempt status, according to a press release from the committee.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:24 PM, Jun 5, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Susan Rice's promotion, the nomination of Samantha Power to be the next ambassador to the United Nations, and Congress's investigation into the Internal Revenue Service scandal.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:02 PM, May 30, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the current state of the IRS scandal and Eric Holder's future as Attorney General.
9:27 AM, May 29, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A collection of letters shows high-level officials in the IRS signed off on requests for additional information from conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. As NBC News reports, at least one letter sent to a conservative group has the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended IRS official at the center of the controversy. Here's more from NBC: