This seems way too convenient. A press release from House Ways and Mean Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) reveals that the IRS claims to have “lost” 2 years worth of emails from Lois Lerner to outside agencies.
Considering that the case involved investigating sharing confidential information between agencies, a felony, the idea of a deliberate cover-up seems more plausible now than ever.
Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 – April 2011. Due to a supposed computer crash, the agency only has Lerner emails to and from other IRS employees during this time frame. The IRS claims it cannot produce emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.
“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’s response to Congressional inquiries. There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.
“Just a short time ago, Commissioner Koskinen promised to produce all Lerner documents. It appears now that was an empty promise. Frankly, these are the critical years of the targeting of conservative groups that could explain who knew what when, and what, if any, coordination there was between agencies. Instead, because of this loss of documents, we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone. This failure of the IRS requires the White House, which promised to get to the bottom of this, to do an Administration-wide search and production of any emails to or from Lois Lerner. The Administration has repeatedly referred us back to the IRS for production of materials. It is clear that is wholly insufficient when it comes to determining the full scope of the violation of taxpayer rights.”
From a non-partisan stance, this is at the minimum, very questionable. The IRS has been under investigation for over a year into the claims that it targeted Conservative non-profit groups during the 2012 election cycle and after. It has been more than 13 months since these revelations were brought to the public’s attention, still with no one held accountable.