Fox News reported this week that a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration that Lois Lerner's Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Last week, we announced that on July 23rd, the IRS finally responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by our organization on June 24, 2014. The request was issued based on the IRS's supposed "lost" emails on their irrevocably damaged computers.
In the letter responding to us, the IRS wrote that they will not be able comply with our request in the '20 business-day period' as required by law. They extended the response period for an additional '10 days,' as allowed by statute. However, the letter continues by stating the need for even more time and that they will not comply until after October 23, 2014. The letter then goes on to inform us that we can file a suit after August 6, 2014 regarding their non-compliance.
The response we received from the IRS can be viewed HERE.
A copy of the original request was delivered to the to the offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter on June 24, 2014, due to the fact that both Shaheen and Shea-Porter publicly called on the IRS to target conservative groups during their tenure. We have not received a response from either of their offices. It is important to note that Congress has exempt itself from FOIA requests, so they legally do not have to respond to us - a luxury that average Americans do not have.
This week's news reports yield more proof that Lois Lerner deliberately worked to hide her targeting of conservative groups by destroying her Blackberry. Coupled with blatant stalling from the IRS to release correspondences with Senator Shaheen's offices and Congresswoman Shea-Porter's offices, we are calling on Shaheen and Shea-Porter, one last time, to be open and honest with their constituents and release all correspondences between their offices and the IRS. If they fail to do so, we will be forced to begin the process of taking legal action against the IRS on September 10, 2014.