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2014-06-30 Government
Attorney: Lerner vilified by GOP out of convenience
The attorney for embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner said that Republicans are denigrating an innocent woman for purely partisan purposes.

In an exclusive interview with Candy Crowley, attorney William Taylor said it's "convenient" for the GOP to suggest that Lerner's computer crash means something "nefarious" was going on. He said, "This is election-year politics. It's convenient to have a demon that they can create and point to."

Taylor said Lerner walked into her office one day and her computer screen was blue. Her hard drive had crashed. He said, "The truth is this was one of those things that happened. At the time she did everything she could to retrieve it. She reported it right away. And that's all there is to it."

Taylor said the reason he advised his client to plead the Fifth Amendment was because "there was no pretense that this would be a fair process" in the investigation led by Rep. Darrell Issa.

Issa said that Taylor "has said things that are not correct, or disingenuous or outright lied a number of times, it's been shown by e-mails. (An) attorney trying to get his client off the hook after flubbing and taking the fifth certainly will say and do a lot of things. But they're not held accountable."

Taylor maintained his client's innocence on all fronts, insisting that from the start "(Republicans') only purpose to have her there is to vilify her."

He said, "She has to go on living her life. She's been made to be a villain in a way that's very, very unfair."
Posted by ryuge 2014-06-30 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [430 views ]  Top

#1 What's next - the GOP is sexist for criticizing a woman? Give me a fucking break.
Posted by Raj 2014-06-30 01:27||   2014-06-30 01:27|| Front Page Top

#2 If the IRS had implemented anything remotely resembling a reasonable, functional and reliable data retention policy any "blue screen" on end user equipment would be totally irrelevant.

If Mr Taylor is telling the truth then the logical conclusion is that the IRS does not keep an archive documenting its activities in any meaningful way.
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 2014-06-30 01:32||   2014-06-30 01:32|| Front Page Top

#3 I stopped reading when I got to Candy Crowley.
Posted by Besoeker 2014-06-30 04:21||   2014-06-30 04:21|| Front Page Top

#4 You bet your ass they archive & have a(n electronic) document retention policy of W-2's, 1099's and the like - seven years in those cases. Any other excuse is 1,000% horseshit.

The next time it comes up with an IRS revenue agent, I'm going to use this 'lost the documents' excuse on behalf of one of my clients whilst mentioning Lois Lerner getting a pass with same. I'll let y'all know how the federal hack reacts to that one, like you really need to guess...
Posted by Raj 2014-06-30 06:50||   2014-06-30 06:50|| Front Page Top

#5 I recommend all IRS officials who are missing records and the involved IT People be executed for reason. Bet they find the emails real quick.
Posted by Silentbrick 2014-06-30 07:29||   2014-06-30 07:29|| Front Page Top

#6 At first, Slientbrick, I thought you had mis-typed "treason", but now I'm not so sure...
Posted by Bobby 2014-06-30 07:43||   2014-06-30 07:43|| Front Page Top

#7 Like all political lies, this is true in one sense. If she hadn't been caught breaking the law (after the fact), they wouldn't be bothering her. Bear in mind, the memos about the activities in question came out after the hard drives were allegedly damaged. So, she's basically set up on a paper crime.
The whole point of this was to smother the investigation, let her take her retirement, and go back to a 'no problems here' front.
What they're basically admitting is that it's real easy for any supervisor in the IRS to single out anybody at random for persecution, and there aren't any checks in place to stop them. (Which people have been saying for years, but we're always told "it can't happen".
Posted by ed in texas 2014-06-30 07:45||   2014-06-30 07:45|| Front Page Top

#8 Attorney: Lerner John Mitchell vilified by GOP Democrats out of convenience

Remember - One set of rules for me, another set of rules for thee.
Posted by Procopius2k 2014-06-30 08:09||   2014-06-30 08:09|| Front Page Top

#9 William Taylor is a professional liar lawyer
Posted by Frank G 2014-06-30 09:07||   2014-06-30 09:07|| Front Page Top

#10 Bring the managers to trial and have them executed and fire the rest and abolish the IRS. Then get rid of the amendment.
Posted by DarthVader 2014-06-30 09:44||   2014-06-30 09:44|| Front Page Top

#11 In an exclusive interview with Candy Crowley, attorney William Taylor said it's "convenient" for the GOP to suggest that Lerner's computer crash means something "nefarious" was going on.

Almost as convenient as the crash was for Lois.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2014-06-30 11:33||   2014-06-30 11:33|| Front Page Top

#12 Would the alleged 'hard drive crashes' at least represent 'material evidence" under the law ?

Material Evidence: Such evidence as is material to question in controversy and which must necessarily enter into the consideration of the controversy and which by itself or in connection with other evidence is determinative of the case.
Posted by Besoeker 2014-06-30 11:43||   2014-06-30 11:43|| Front Page Top

#13 $1,000,000.00 ($1 Million Dollars) Texas Rep Gohmert wants to reward any IT guy confidentially would get a geeks attention. Guaranteed. Pass the Bounty Bill.

Posted by Thineng Angailet7166 2014-06-30 12:06||   2014-06-30 12:06|| Front Page Top

#14 Five years ago, Sonasoft promoted its data-retention services by claiming that the IRS trusted the company to back up its servers, and the agency contracted with Sonasoft for something until 2011. Last week, however, Sonasoft backed away from its 2009 claims, and now says that the contract never included services that would have archived e-mail servers.
Very suspicious.
Posted by  Deacon Blues 2014-06-30 12:18||   2014-06-30 12:18|| Front Page Top

#15 Alas, she was but a victim.
Posted by Uncle Phester 2014-06-30 12:55||   2014-06-30 12:55|| Front Page Top

#16 #13, that sort of fails without adding tax free (cause you know who's going to go after the weasel informant) and relocation to a country of his/her choice.
Posted by Procopius2k 2014-06-30 13:07||   2014-06-30 13:07|| Front Page Top

#17 Did the computer EVR have a crash BEFORE the current troubles, No. Then arrest her and try her for "Willfull Computer Tampering" bet the computer won't crash again.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2014-06-30 16:01||   2014-06-30 16:01|| Front Page Top

#18 I'd like to see Sonasoft prosecuted for a violation of Truth in Advertising laws.
Posted by Deacon Blues 2014-06-30 19:25||   2014-06-30 19:25|| Front Page Top

#19 I thought I had typed treason actually. And in a way, it is treason. By their failure to properly keep records in accordance to the law, they are undermining the government of the United States. So if they can't cough up the emails, they should be punished. How about this if death is too much...one year in jail for every day they fail to turn over the emails.
Posted by Silentbrick 2014-06-30 19:56||   2014-06-30 19:56|| Front Page Top

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