Paul L. Caron

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 562

Wall Street Journal:  IRS Finds Missing Emails of Former Top Official Lerner in Targeting Probe:

The watchdog agency for the Internal Revenue Service said it has found as many as 30,000 missing emails that could be relevant to a long-running congressional inquiry into alleged IRS targeting of conservative groups.

Investigators for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration recently recovered the emails from IRS backup tapes, according to a spokeswoman for the watchdog agency. The emails belong to a former top IRS official, Lois Lerner, who has been a focus of congressional inquiries. ...

Top IRS officials had told lawmakers that backup tapes were routinely recycled and therefore weren't useful in the effort to find the missing email records. The agency said it had used other employees’ hard drives to recover thousands of the missing emails.

But TIGTA investigators succeeded in locating thousands of Ms. Lerner’s emails on the backup tapes. ...

The IRS said in a statement: “As Commissioner Koskinen has stated, the IRS welcomes TIGTA’s independent review and expert forensic analysis. Commissioner Koskinen has said for some time he would be pleased if additional Lois Lerner emails from this time frame could be found.”

The revelations promise to draw new attention to the targeting controversy, just before lawmakers return to Washington for the new Congress next year. TIGTA officials told lawmakers on Friday about the discovery of the missing emails, but congressional aides said it could take some weeks before the emails are sorted and in shape to examine. The emails must be decrypted and in some cases must be redacted to remove taxpayer-identifying information, aides said.

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None of the reliable news services have picked up on this story as of 4:30 PM on the 22nd. The facts are that some data has been uncovered and it may or may not contain emails to or from Ms. Lerner. No one in any position of responsibility is claiming that 30,000 emails have been discovered.

Posted by: Stuart Levine | Nov 22, 2014 1:31:19 PM

Perfect timing after mid-term shellacking and plenty of time until 2016... always about political expediency.

Posted by: Guy Fogel | Nov 22, 2014 11:37:40 AM

So the Obama administration has been lying this whole time? Shocker...

Posted by: wodun | Nov 22, 2014 10:46:55 AM

I guess the administration finally had enough stall time to ferret out the incriminating messages.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Nov 22, 2014 9:04:45 AM