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.