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Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive.
Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
As it turns out, Hillary Clinton was not the only Obama Administration official using private email addresses to conduct official business. So was disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch resulting from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, there was more than one private email used, too. From the Washington Times:
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.
At the moment, Toby Miles is a bit of a mystery, but the implication is clear: Lois Lerner used more than on personal email account to conduct official IRS business, quite possibly to avoid disclosure should the deliberate targeting of conservative political groups ever come to light.
This is not a good development for Lerner, who has largely faded from the spotlight given the far more serious email scandal of Hillary Clinton maintaining her own server, and the 2016 presidential election run-up. That does not mean Lerner, or the IRS for that matter, are out of the woods by any means. No, this is just adding to to the list of crimes. Yet another case of the law is for thee, not for me.
And when it comes to the golden parachutes people like Lerner take, American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson has an idea that sounds too reasonable to ever be implemented:
Among the reforms that should be on the agenda of any GOP candidate is legislation terminating all pension payments to officials who evaded FOIA requirements or take the Fifth Amendment.
Why reward dishonesty?