As the investigation into the political targeting scandal was heating up, Lois Lerner was busy warning IRS employees about the information that Congress might dig up in their e-mails.
Lerner warned IRS employees that “we need to be cautious about what we say in e-mails.” She warned them – brilliantly enough – via e-mail.
Just as the IRS tea party targeting scandal was erupting, Lois G. Lerner warned colleagues to “be cautious” about what information they put in emails because it could end up being turned over to Congress, according to an email message released Wednesday.
The 2013 email exchange between Ms. Lerner and fellow employees at the Internal Revenue Service also says that instant message conversations were probably never stored and weren’t checked during open-records requests — even though they also fell under the law requiring electronic records to be stored.
“I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails,” Ms. Lerner wrote in an April 9, 2013, message.
Lerner also consulted with IT professionals regarding an instant messaging service that IRS employees use. When told those communications were not stored automatically, Lerner responded with one word.
The printed e-mail was tweeted out yesterday and can be seen below:
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) July 9, 2014
Rep. Darrell Issa said the newly surfaced e-mail from Lerner is a “smoking gun” in the scandal, demonstrating clear intent on her part to caution IRS employees about information that could be discovered by Congress.