IRS reportedly cancelled contract with email backup company months after Lerner’s computer crashed

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Amid the weekend’s news that the Internal Revenue Service had a backup email service, it is now being reported the agency abruptly ended its agreement with the company months after former IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crashed.

According to The Daily Caller, Lerner’s computer crashed in June 2011, but it was not until August 31, 2011 that the agency ended its six year relationship with the email-archiving company Sonasoft.

Lerner’s missing emails are from January 2009 to April 2011, which is well within the timeframe that Sonasoft was employed.

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Three months after Sonasoft was dismissed, in December, IRS official Nikole Flax, a frequent White House visitor, experienced a computer crash, The Daily Caller reported.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., excoriated IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during an appearance before Congress on Friday for not being forthcoming, yet the commissioner failed to mention that the agency employed the services of Sonasoft for much of the time in question.

All of which is certain to further fuel the fire about possible motivations behind missing emails.

Tom Tillison


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