Shades of former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s “Richard Windsor” account and Hillary Clinton’s off-the-books (and unsecured!) email server.
Is there anyone in the federal government who isn’t conducting official business on unofficial, off-the-record accounts with fake names?
Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal.
The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting.
IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of documents to turn over to Judicial Watch, it realized Ms. Lerner had used yet another email account, in addition to her official one and another personal one already known to the agency.
“In addition to emails to or from an email account denominated ‘Lois G. Lerner‘ or ‘Lois Home,’ some emails responsive to Judicial Watch’s request may have been sent to or received from a personal email account denominated ‘Toby Miles,’” Mr. Klimas told Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is hearing the case.
It is unclear who Toby Miles is, but Mr. Klimas said the IRS has concluded that was “a personal email account used by Lerner.”
In case you don’t recall, Lerner was at the center of a scandal in which the IRS stood accused of harassing conservative and libertarian “Tea Party” groups organized as 501(c) non-profit groups. First her official work emails couldn’t be found, then it was claimed her hard drive had (conveniently) crashed, then backup tapes were lost or overwritten — until the Inspector General found them after looking for all of five minutes. Oh, and Lerner took the 5th, even though she has nothing to hide. (According to her.)
Naturally, this will set off a new round of court fights and delays as Judicial Watch (which really should get a fruit basket from House Republicans for doing their job for them) seeks access to those emails. The results should be interesting. Sure, they may be wholly innocuous messages, but, then, in that case…
Why the fake name? (1)
(1) Assuming it’s not in the Ashley Madison database, of course….