Investigators say 32,000 Lerner IRS emails have been recovered


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Transparency! The Treasury investigators told a House committee on Thursday that they have been able to recover 32,000 emails by IRS official Lois Lerner that IRS officials had sworn were lost forever.

[Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax administration,] said it took investigators two weeks to locate the computer tapes that contained Lerner’s emails. He said it took technicians about four months to find Lerner’s emails on the tapes. Several Oversight Committee members questioned how hard the IRS tried to produce the emails, given how quickly independent investigators found them.

In other words, IRS officials lied to Congress when they said these emails were unrecoverable and couldn’t be found.

Unfortunately, the investigators have not yet gone through these emails in detail, and were not yet prepared to reveal what was in them. For that show we will have to wait a bit longer.

Update: During his testimony Camus also said that they are considering a criminal investigation into whether there was a real cover-up.

The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed. Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.

“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.

Camus also said that when his investigation went to the software people to try to get the tapes, they discovered that IRS officials had never talked to them, demonstrating clearly that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was lying when he said the agency had searched high and low for the tapes and discovered them lost.

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7 comments

  • D.K. Williams

    Perhaps the next president will have the courage to prosecute these people and clean up government.

  • Garry

    I’m afraid that these people will be given pardons in January 2017. Ford’s pardon of Nixon would be one precedent; Nixon had been neither convicted nor formally charged. It would be fitting; the way Obama operates reminds me most of Nixon.

    I hope I’m wrong and they don’t get pardoned.

  • Cotour

    You unfortunately are correct, the level of pardons and clemency in the last six months of Obamas reign will be without president.

    It will begin with hoards of differently colored Americans and illegal aliens being released from prisons, think Castro’s Mariel boat lift on steroids..

  • Cotour

    Thats * Precedence * not presidents.

  • PeterF

    The question you should be asking “Who was Lois Lerner trying to protect in the administration?”
    Will we discover the answer when its “to late” to prosecute?
    The progressives can flout the laws while one of us “commoners” would never get away with this

  • David M. Cook

    At the risk of sounding repetitive, I think lots of people in this administration need to go to jail. Starting with Eric Holder, noted gun-runner, and finishing with most of the IRS. Until these crooks are incarcerated there will continue to be criminal acts committed in the name of liberalism and the democrats will continue to break the law to promote their political agenda. The democrats have no morals to guide them, they just do what they think is necessary and to hell with the law or the constitution or anything else that stands in their way.

  • Cotour

    Hope springs eternal on this subject and here is another bud of hope:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/26/cpac-attendees-plan-walk-out-jeb-bush/

    The rejection of the dynastic ambition of the Bush family. Haven’t they done enough damage in their attempt to destroy and pervert the Constitution under the name of patriotism? I look forward to his rejection with extreme prejudice by the audience.

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