The IRS commissioner might say that the emails have “disappeared,” but the smoking gun comes via a proud company hired to backup all the IRS documents including emails. The company named Sonasoft was so proud to have the IRS as a client that it ran ads for its company saying that if the IRS trusts them, then you can too.
Back in 2005 the company appeared to be boasting with pride after being awarded this contract with the IRS, according to Fox News on June 21. Ironically it was a Twitter user who did some research and found the affiliation that the IRS had with Sonasoft documented as far back as 2005.
“Fox and Friends Weekend” on Sunday morning June 22, is baffled that the main stream media has not picked up on this story which is an “egregious abuse” of the system. Fox’s Tucker Carlson didn’t sugar coat a thing when talking about the latest reveal about Sonasoft, simply stating “They’re lying to us,” when talking about the IRS.
According to the Breitbart Report, the Sonasoft website today lists the IRS as one of their clients that they do archiving work for. Sonasoft’s website is very clear about email archiving, saying that Sonasoft “archives all email content and so reduces the risk of non-compliance with legal, regulatory and other obligations to preserve critical business content.”
This is what they offer and apparently this is what the IRS hired this company to do, so why did IRS Commisioner John Koskinen sit at a Congressional committee on Capitol Hill informing them that years of emails have “disappeared?” Did the IRS Commissioner forget to check with Sonasoft before stating that the emails cannot be recovered?
The Congressional committee listening to Koskinen’s testimony on Friday didn’t sit back and take Koskinen’s statements as truth. One Congressman didn’t bounce around the words to make them politically correct. Rep. Paul Ryan came right out and said “I don’t believe you,” according to the website Real Clear Politics. Ryan had his say and he blasted the IRS:
“You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers and with a phone call, an e-mail or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hand onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited and you can’t keep six months’ worth of employee e-mails? And now that we are seeing this investigation, you don’t have the e-mails, hard drives crashed. You learned about this months ago. You just told us, and we had to ask you on Monday.”
He went on to say that there is a “pattern of abuse here” and that, “I don’t believe you, this is incredible, I don’t believe you.” Ryan wasn’t the only one that this IRS Commissioner’s testimony proved too much for, but it was the usual mild-mannered Ryan who stunned with his testimony that captured the spotlight.
You can just hear the applause from the folks around the country who had tuned in to watch this Congressional committee question Koskinen. The IRS Commissioner blatantly denied that the IRS was guilty of “any wrong doing.” He also appeared rather arrogant when he claimed that the IRS has no reason to apologize to the American people. His demeanor while saying this is best described as “smug.”
Koskinen maintains that there is no way of recovering the emails, apparently they are taped over every six months? This was considered a joke to the “Fox and Friend Weekend” crew today. Koskinen made it sound like the emails were on a system that is similar to the way a surveillance tape at a convenience store operates.
These excuses are just too close to the old “the dog ate my homework” excuse, coming from the IRS. This is perplexing to many Americans today how they can get away with it. This is one of the most feared arms of the government by the American people. No one wants to tangle with the IRS. As Ryan put it, they can turn lives of Americans upside down.
Can you imagine telling an IRS agent during an audit that your hard drive has been erased so you cannot get a hold of the documents they are requesting? That isn’t going to fly and it is going to cost you. According to the Breitbart Report, this is being addressed today by Rep. Steve Stockman. He aims to let the American public use the same excuses as the IRS is using when they have to answer to the IRS in an audit.
Stockman’s “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act” is just the thing needed to level the playing field! The Representative from Texas said:
“Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama Administration uses.”
When it boils down to it, the IRS is stating that they don’t have the emails and they do not have a way of retrieving them because the server they were stored on melted down and was recycled. This is the excuse the IRS Commissioner is handing to the Congressional committee.
While extremely weak, it was holding some water until the reveal of the Sonasoft Company who was awarded the contract to backup all IRS documents including emails. There is documentation that the IRS has been with Sonasoft for close to a decade. This brings up another bees nest for the IRS. If Sonasoft can’t produce the emails, then what why was the American taxpayers’ money spent hiring this company?
The IRS contracted Sonasoft in 2005 to backup their documents and emails, but this contract abruptly ended in 2011, just weeks after Lois Lerner’s computer crashed. This was also about a month after the IRS received a letter from Rep. Dave Camp specifically asking them if they had targeted nonprofit groups with audits, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Monday morning June 23.
“Fox’s” Steve Doocy sarcastically calls this “just another crazy coincidence.” Doocy says again, “It could be a coincidence, but it sounds fishy to me.” The Daily Caller reports that Sonasoft’s contract ended on August 31, 2011 when it came up for renewal at the end of the IRS’s fiscal year.
The IRS did not renew the contract, but did an audit, which is in accordance with government policy for ending a government contract. This audit is basically to investigate if any money is owed to the IRS as a result of a contract ending. The IRS “de-allocated” 36 cents and severed all ties with Sonasoft.
You would think that since the IRS paid to have the emails and documents backed up during the time period of the missing emails, that they could gain access to them. “Fox and Friends” said although that is what many would think, because the emails were confidential, they could have been destroyed as part of the contract ending. There is no official word on Sonasoft or its ability to recover these emails as of yet, as this information just came to light over the weekend.
So what did the IRS put in place of Sonasoft once severing ties with this company? If they were conscientious enough to hire this outside firm to guard against important information loss, you would think they would replace the company with another to maintain the same security level. Why would the IRS do this for six years and then go to nothing. Would they really just end the contract and fend for themselves?
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