Curiouser and curiouser. The details of the ongoing IRS investigation continue to mystify even the most fair-minded and careful observers.
Yesterday came news that the tax-collecting agency has an internal instant messaging system called OCS, and that messages sent through it were not archived automatically. Further, Lois Lerner, the woman in charge of the department that targeted conservative non-profit groups, specifically inquired about that very question. “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,” Lerner wrote to the IT department in 2013. “Someone asked if OCS conversations were also searchable — I don’t know.…Do you know?”