As an investigation continues into former IRS official Lois Lerner and her involvement in inappropriately targeting conservative groups, the agency confirmed Friday that it has allegedly lost countless emails that could shed light on how far the scandal actually spread. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp was outraged upon learning of the development, insisting that it should not have taken this long for the IRS to determine the correspondences no longer exist.
“The fact that I am just learning about this,” he said, “over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries.”
Camp also indicated the emails that were reportedly lost when an IRS hard drive crashed in 2011 were from an integral period of the scandal.
“Frankly,” he continued, “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.”
Without any documentation of her discussion with other administration officials, he concluded, “we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone.”
Plenty of Americans agree this revelation seems suspicious.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 13, 2014
@WaysandMeansGOP How convenient.
— blewyt (@blewyt) June 13, 2014
— Tyler Hunter (@tylerhunter23) June 13, 2014
PHONY SCANDAL ALERT!! The IRS now claims it “lost” 2 years of Lerner emails, including communications with the WH and other agencies.
— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) June 13, 2014
A few telltale emails have already been produced indicating that Lerner did involve other agencies in the scheme to subject conservatives to increased scrutiny ahead of the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. Nevertheless, this announcement ensures that any additional involvement by other officials might never be proven.
As for the data the IRS is able to produce, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has complained that the agency is taking its time in complying with demand to release more than one million documents.
“At this rate,” he projected, “the IRS’s response to the committee’s subpoena will drag on for years.”
The IRS, however, contends it has worked diligently to produce whatever information investigators have requested.
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