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DE Says It’s Lost Records Of O’Donnell Tax Probe

From the Washington Times:

Records of Christine O’Donnell tax snooping disappear

By Seth McLaughlin | July 24, 2013

Delaware state officials have told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O’Donnell’s personal tax records and acknowledged that a newspaper article was used as the sole justification for snooping into the former GOP Senate candidate’s tax history.

How wonderful! And yet we are now supposed to trust the IRS with our medical records.

The revelations to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office came Tuesday as the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, the government’s chief watchdog for the Internal Revenue Service, formally reopened its investigation into the matter by re-interviewing Ms. O’Donnell.

“It is an active investigation now,” Ms. O’Donnell told The Washington Times after meeting with the same Treasury agent who first informed her in January that her tax records were improperly accessed…

Mr. Grassley… said he was concerned by the information Delaware state officials shared with his investigators.

Specifically, Mr. Grassley’s staff was told that a Delaware state investigator asked for and received permission from his boss on a Saturday to access Ms. O’Donnell’s tax records based on a local newspaper article about a civil lien.

This was so urgent it has to be done on a Saturday?

The lien, it turned, out was issued erroneously.

Nitpicker.

Mr. Grassley said he was concerned that a simple newspaper article that alleged no criminal wrongdoing could be used to pierce one of America’s most protected privacies, tax information.

He is pressing for more information on what safeguards the IRS is using to stop such snooping and whether the system used by Delaware state officials may amount to an unmonitored back door into confidential IRS tax records.

“The state says it looked at Ms. O’Donnell’s federal records because of a newspaper article describing a federal tax lien against her,” Mr. Grassley said. “Does the state look at every taxpayer who faces a federal lien or only those who happen to appear in a newspaper article? Is it routine for a state employee to email his boss about looking at a taxpayer’s records on a Saturday, when the article appeared? …"

Mr. Grassley’s staff also was told that Delaware officials do not think they kept any of the computerized records showing when their investigators accessed Ms. O’Donnell’s tax records because such searches are stored for only three months before they are deleted or destroyed…

And yet we are supposed to keep our tax records for at least six years.

The timing of when Ms. O’Donnell’s records were accessed remains in dispute. Even though they claim to have no records, Delaware state officials have said they believed the access occurred on March 20, 2010, only after a public story about the IRS lien against Ms. O’Donnell was published.

But Ms. O’Donnell told The Times last week that when investigators alerted her in January that her confidential tax records were breached three years ago, they told her the date was March 9, 2010.

That date was the same day Ms. O’Donnell scheduled a news conference to announce her Senate run. It’s also the same date the IRS admitted the lien against her was mistakenly generated by a computer and sent to Delaware…

Surely, it was just a coincidence.

The Times reported last week that the Treasury inspector general for tax administration had discovered at least four cases in which a candidate’s or donor’s tax information was inappropriately searched…

But, oddly enough, we were never told who these candidates and donors were. Or even what party they are from.

But don’t worry. Nothing will come of this.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “DE Says It’s Lost Records Of O’Donnell Tax Probe”

  1. Lost?

    Hahahha. Nothing is lost on digital hard drives. What’s lost is Congressional will to make US Agencies obey the law.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban

    Let me make sure I understand this. An IRS employee created an erroneous lien against O’Donnell out of the blue on his/her own volition. This lien was then leaked to a local news paper. The IRS then used that news article to justify and ‘audit’ of O’Donnell that was done off the books in an incongruous and possibly illegal way. This was all started just days before she announced her candidacy as a Republican candidate in a state that has been run by Democrats and the Democrat political machine since A.I. DuPont ran the Republican Party out of DE by supporting the failing Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party. Then, all records of what was accessed, how many times and by who were magically lost when all of this came to light. And all of this happened because low-level staffers just made some mistakes with no input from any political party or sitting politician or candidate, amazing.

    • AcornsRNutz

      Dang you’re right! These low level staffers are really making a hash of everything aren’t they? The only logical solution is to promote them to a higher level where they will automatically become to smart and trustworthy for this type of chicanery.

    • Liberals Demise

      I think I get it now. How stupid of me.

  3. Yeah… right. Because so often computers use the power of their own will to create things out of the blue without the slightest input from users.

    I don’t need a special, or any other kind of investigation to tell you who is ultimately responsible for this. Barrack Hussein Obama. MMMmmm, MMmmm, Mmmm. Whether he actually verbally ordered it or not, the guy is a criminal, and all roads lead to Rome.

    Too much?


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