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No Justice in Tea Party Probe; IRS Had a Computer Crash, Lost Key Emails

IRS Lost Emails by Official in Tea Party Probe
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER June 13, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year.

The IRS told Congress Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year.

Lerner headed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS acknowledged last year that agents had improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.

"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' response to congressional inquiries," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the inspector general."
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/irs-lost-emails-off...

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This is BS

I am sure that the servers had a RAID system or some other mirroring system.

And even IF the IRS servers are crummy, the disc CAN BE read. There are companies that perform forensic data recovery on discs. The FBI uses them all the time.

Also, the people that received the Emails, certainly did not have a computer crash too did they? I think not.

If the republicons do not call B U L L S H I D ! then we will know that this is all election year political grandstanding and kabuki theatre.

I am guessing the ladder. Sorry bout the screaming...

Please everyone help me here - STOP letting

"them" deflect responsibility by using such terms as "The IRS told congress". Really? I thought the IRS was a tyrannical government agency - I had no idea "The IRS" could speak, or think or do anything.
How about we demand a name. How about we at least make the lying pos reveal themselves so we can all see and here their proud name.

The IRS is not capable of deleting emails and archives - only people are - and those people should be known.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Because HER computer crashed?

Huh. When corporate computers crash, the user gets a new computer, and Microsoft Office is installed on it, including Outlook, which connects to the back-office Exchange server and -- get this -- re-obtains all the emails and folders and contents from the Exchange server.

So, the IRS is lying to Congress, and not even lying convincingly.

Which makes me wonder if Congress is in on this, too.

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SteveMT's picture

No Carbonite backup at the IRS.

Ridiculous, isn't it? Unless you are the IRS caught in a situation like this.

TwelveOhOne's picture

On the positive side,

Congressman saying "calls into question the credibility of the IRS' response to congressional inquiries", seems perhaps like the beginning of the end for that institution. (And, yes, I realized the previous statement was ambiguous, and decided against disambiguating which institution. :)

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The NSA has a copy of all

The NSA has a copy of all e-mails. Not to worry.