In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.
The discovery was revealed to the group Cause of Action, which has sued for access to any of the documents. It charges that the IRS and White House have harassed taxpayers.
In an email from the Justice Department’s tax office, an official revealed the high number of documents, suggesting that the White House was hip deep in probes of taxpayers, likely including conservatives and Tea Party groups associated with the IRS scandal.
In requesting a delay in the delivery date of the documents, Justice told Cause of Action, “The agency [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] has located 2,500 potentially responsive documents and anticipates being able to finish processing 2,000 of these pages by the December 1 date. It needs the additional two weeks to deal with the last 500 pages to determine if they are responsive and make any necessary withholdings.”
Cause of Action, which calls itself “Advocates for Government Accountability,” wasn’t surprised by the number of documents. It had filed suit to win access to them and a federal judge shot down Treasury’s earlier bid to hide the documents.
The rest at The Washington Examiner
What do yo bet there is a smidgen or two buried in those emails?
The term “potentially responsive” is interesting. I had to look it up. It has to do with computer searches of electronic files, such as emails, for evidence. Such a search is conducted by having the computer comb through all files to identify those containing a specific set of keywords. Documents selected as a result of that keyword search are considered “potentially responsive”. They then have to be examined by a human being to determine if there’s actually anything relevant in them.
The number of documents recovered was 30,000. Of those, 2,500 are potentially responsive: They contain keywords that suggest they might have something to do with matter under investigation.
Uh, no. There’s been no shocking revelation at this point. There might be when the potentially responsive documents are examined, but that hasn’t happened yet. Consider how many irrelevant responses result from your typical Google keyword search. They may find something, or they may find nothing.
@Greg: Well, if they restore the emails, then we will know, won’t we?
Maybe we will luck out and the doc’s will all be made public — heh heh heh — ala Sarah Palin’s email docudump that the COMMUNISTS in the MSM got ahold of — and the GJ testimony record from Ferguson!