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IRS Failed to Share News of Lost Lerner Emails

Testifying before the House Oversight Committee today, U.S. Archivist David S. Ferriero said the IRS failed, as required by law, to notify him that records – in this case the lost emails of Lois Lerner – had been destroyed.

“They did not follow the law,” Ferriero said.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified Monday that he knew of the lost email records in April and didn’t tell a soul, not even the committee to which he had promised to provide them.

“I never said I would provide you emails I didn’t have,” Koskinen snapped when quizzed by committee chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Well isn’t that special?

Here we have potentially crucial evidence destroyed, and Koskinen fails to alert the congressional panel he knows is intensely interested in it.

Here’s the exchange with Issa.

What’s more, Koskinen couldn’t say why the backup recovery system the IRS had wasn’t used to recover her email, except to say it might be too “complicated.”

So they have a backup system, but it’s too difficult to use. Makes sense.

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21 Responses to IRS Failed to Share News of Lost Lerner Emails

  1. I never said I would provide you emails I didn’t have,” Koskinen snapped

    Ah–but did he say he was providing the emails he could find–thus telegraphing that some were not there? He knew.

  2. What an arrogant SOB. He’s not self-employed damn it – he’s paid by the American taxpayer.

    Forget the hearings – Let’s Get Out The Torches And The Pitchforks!

    • There is an uprising on the horizon but it will not be pitchforks and torches.
      That is exactly what they want us to do.
      If you remember the 2010 election, they were blindsided by the results.
      We can do that again, and this time, most of us are far more equipped with the information we need to turn the tide.
      The link I provided blow is informative.
      I hope you read it.

      • Thanks AFVet. SCOTUS has yet to release all opinions on their docket and sometime before the end of June, it will give some indication of judicial activism at the highest level.

        We’ll have to take it from there to the ballot box.

    • I’m with you on the torches and pitchforks. Even if everyone cooperated and didn’t perjure him or herself, what would the punishment be for their targeting of conservatives?

  3. IRS Auditor: Sir, I see you have not supported your deductions with documents.
    Me: Well, just 10 days after I received my audit notice, my hard drive crashed and I use a scanner to keep all my documents in electronic form and they were all lost. I took my computer to a specialist and he could not retrieve them. I am sure you will allow me the same courtesy you asked for from the Way and Means Committee right?

    Auditor: No sir, i will fine you and jail you for cheating on your taxes.

  4. These actions on the part of Koskinen and his minions are criminal. A special prosecutor must be appointed outside of Holder’s DOJ to hold these corruptocrats accountable for their inexcusable and indefensible actions.

    • Remember who our AG is. He’s more concerned with pushing his leftist agenda than he is with upholding the laws of this country.

      Hopefully there is a way to investigate and indict Koskinen for his smug game playing and law breaking.

      He and Lois Lerner should share a cell in federal prison.

  5. I saw a comment elsewhere suggesting that rather than shut down the VA we simply make it the required healthcare for the IRS.

  6. I think they should subpoena Harry Reid. And his emails. Seems even though Lois lost all her emails, Harry had no trouble pawing all over Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

  7. The backup system is to complicated? Really I did a full backup once a week on the internal affairs data base when I worked at a fairly large police department. Yes I passed a background check amazing huh?