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Lois Lerner email: "No one will believe that both your hard drive and mine crashed"

The Inspector General for the IRS is now conducting a criminal investigation of  Lois Lerner.  This might have something to do with it…

That’s an email from Lois Lerner sent to her IRS colleagues David Fish and Nikole Flax, both of whom are at the center of the IRS targeting scandal.  The content email is simple enough:  ”No one will believe our story.”  She couldn’t be more right.  

This email is part of a new wave of emails recovered by the Inspector General from backup tapes that were supposedly non-existent.  Here’s IG Timothy Camus explaining to the House Oversight Committee how they found the missing backup tapes:

from Washington Times:

The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.

Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.

“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.

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At this juncture, Lois Lerner’s criminal activity is fairly obvious.  What remains to be seen is how far up the ladder the paper trail leads. 

The two people who know and love Sherlock best have a conversation in which they discuss whether or not Sherlock feels romantic love, and neither of them are sure of the answer. The show doesn’t offer the answer. So the audience goes through four more seasons and reaches the end of the show… and the answer is “Nah, he actually doesn’t feel things like that”? That is the worst ending ever; of course he falls in love. If “he doesn’t feel things like that” is the answer, they just would’ve answered it here.

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Clinton Foundation scandal presents a massive headache for Hillary

Since leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton has amassed a whopping $2 Billion for the Clinton Foundation, a non-profit with a rather nebulous mission statement which essentially allows it to operate as a global lobbying agency:

  • We’re all in this together.
  • Nothing truly happens unless a life is changed.
  • No one has all the answers, but we can bring together the people who can find them.
  • Results you can measure are the only results that matter.
  • Empowerment is liberating and life-changing.
  • There is always a way to be faster, leaner, and better.
  • The greatest good is helping people live their best life story.

No seriously, that’s the Clinton Foundation’s actual “guiding principles.”  Like I said, the vagueness of the foundation’s mission and “guiding principles” allow it to act as a funnel to direct money to a wide range of ultra-liberal causes.  They’re funneling a LOT of money, and not all of may be legal.

from Washington Free Beacon:

The string of revelations began last week, when the Wall Street Journal reported that the Clinton Foundation had quietly lifted its ban on accepting donations from foreign governments. The ban was put in place at the request of the Obama Administration in 2009, when Hillary Clinton started her tenure as Secretary of State. Soon after she quit her job in 2013, however, the foundation began accepting millions of dollars from foreign government donors, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

That sounds pretty sketchy, but at least the foundation didn’t accept any foreign donations while Hillary was secretary of state. Right?
Not exactly. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in foreign government donations while Hillary was serving in the State Department. Most of those donations were technically allowed due to the many exemptions included in the so-called “ban.” However, at least one of those donations—$500,000 from the Algerian government—violated the ban, and was not reported to the State Department’s ethics office. […]

The Clinton Foundation takes money from just about everyone, including many of the giant corporations liberals claim to despise, such as ExxonMobil, Citigroup, Barclays, Pfizer, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, General Electric, Monsanto, McDonald’s, Walmart, among many others. The Washington Post noted that many of the foundation’s biggest donors are foreign citizens who are unable to give money directly to U.S. political campaigns.

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When digging into the specifics of where the Clinton Foundation’s money came from and what happened afterward, the storyline is fraught with quid-pro-quo, corporate cronyism, and foreign billionaires given an opportunity to influence US politics. 

Should Hillary decide to run for President (which it certainly looks like she will), she’ll have a lot of splainin to do…