Lois Lerner’s emails not lost forever
According to House Republicans, Lois Lerner’s hard drives were less damaged than the IRS originally reported. Backup tapes containing her missing emails may still be available. Investigators say the drives were scratched and not permanently damaged. The case of the former IRS official’s lost emails became more complicated this week after a top agency official said he’s no longer 100 percent sure there are no back-ups. Those comments veered from prior IRS statements on the issue that has revived the tea party targeting controversy.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman released a statement pointing out that “our investigators will not stop until we find the full truth.” He said the Internal Revenue Service ignored in-house advice to seek outside help to retrieve the information. On Tuesday, Republicans on the House oversight committee released testimony in which IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said the agency is no longer certain whether it recycled all of the backup tapes containing Lerner’s e-mails. He said the question of whether some of the tapes still exist is “an issue that is being looked at.”
According to Fox News: GOP-led Ways and Means Committee investigators, in their quest to recover missing Lerner emails, learned her hard drive was damaged but recoverable by talking to IRS information-technology experts, after the government originally refused to make them available, according to the committee.
“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” said committee Chairman Dave Camp.
The Michigan Republican said the new information also raises more questions about potential criminal wrongdoing at the IRS because the committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical hard drive was recycled and potentially shredded. In addition, learning that the hard drive was only scratched also raises questions about why the IRS refused to use outside experts to recover the data.
“In fact, in-house professionals at the IRS recommended the agency seek outside assistance in recovering the data,” the committee said Tuesday in a release. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tom Dupree was on the Kelly File expressing his concern over the IRS official’s stories shifting day by day and those stories were told under oath, which making officials vulnerable to perjury and charges of obstruction. It is time to hold Lerner and the entire leadership of the IRS, both past and present responsible for this horrific abuse of power. The IRS targeted conservatives simply to keep President Obama in power. I couldn’t agree more with Rep. Camp:
Since my time in Congress, I have never seen an #IRS so broken.
— Dave Camp (@RepDaveCamp) June 20, 2014
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