A Department of Justice attorney informed the government accountability group Judicial Watch Friday that Lois Lerner’s supposedly missing emails must in fact be present in a government-wide computer backup system, but that it would be too difficult for officials to go ahead and retrieve them.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News today, saying:
A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that, it turns out, the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington – and there’s a catastrophe – so the government can continue operating. And they say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s emails from that backup system . . .
Everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing emails of Lois Lerner . . . it’s all been a pack of malarky. They could get these records, but they don’t want to, and they haven’t told anyone about it, frankly, until we were able to get it out of them on Friday. There’s no such thing as Lois Lerner’s missing emails. It’s all been a big lie.
The emails of Lerner and other IRS officials are being sought by Judicial Watch through Freedom of Information Act requests and a FOIA lawsuit.