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IRS says it lost 2 yrs of Lois Lerner’s emails during targeting of tea party

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The Internal Revenue Service claims it has lost two years of former employee Lois Lerner‘s emails.

According to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., the IRS lost the emails from a period of January ’09 – April ’11 due to a “supposed computer crash.”

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries,” Camp said in a statement obtained by BizPac Review. “There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.”

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Camp called on the White House to get involved in search of any emails to or from Lois Lerner.

The release further stated:

“Just a short time ago, Commissioner Koskinen promised to produce all Lerner documents.  It appears now that was an empty promise.  Frankly, these are the critical years of the targeting of conservative groups that could explain who knew what when, and what, if any, coordination there was between agencies.  Instead, because of this loss of documents, we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone.

This failure of the IRS requires the White House, which promised to get to the bottom of this, to do an Administration-wide search and production of any emails to or from Lois Lerner.  The Administration has repeatedly referred us back to the IRS for production of materials.  It is clear that is wholly insufficient when it comes to determining the full scope of the violation of taxpayer rights.”

Tom Tillison


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