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IRS: Maybe Lois Lerner Emails Aren’t So “Lost” After All, Oh, And We Lost a Few More Too

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The IRS just can’t get anything straight.  The Obama IRS appears to now be backtracking on just how “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails are.

As the Washington Examiner reports:

New testimony from a key Internal Revenue Service official indicates the IRS may not have lost two years of emails sent by former top IRS official Lois Lerner after all.

That is what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee suggested Monday morning in a newly released transcript of a recent closed-door interview with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane. . . .

Kane told Oversight staffers last week that the backup tapes that held two years of lost Lerner emails may actually still exist.

In fact he testified, “There is an issue as to whether or not there is a — that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the 6-month retention schedule. . . . I don’t know whether they are or they aren’t, but it’s an issue that’s being looked at.”

Well do they are don’t they?

The IRS continues to play fast and loose with the truth.  Yet the timing of this new possible admission is a bit ironic.

The IRS’s new story on the Lerner emails comes just days after the DOJ announced it was beginning an investigation into the matter and just one week after a pair of federal judges demanded answers “under oath” from the IRS on what exactly happened with Lerner’s hard dive and how these emails went missing.

Yet this latest testimony also revealed several more IRS employees who worked for Lerner during the targeting scandal now appear to have had similar computer issues.

As the deflection and misdirection from the IRS continues, so too does our lawsuit on behalf of 41 targeted groups from 22 states.  The truth will come out and those responsible for violating the constitutional rights of thousands of conservative Americans will be held accountable.

Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.

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