A huge new bombshell in the IRS “missing emails” scandal has landed in the heart of the Obama administration — a revelation that could thrust the IRS targeting scandal back onto the front burner of Congressional investigations.
Thanks to the unrelenting efforts of Judicial Watch, Justice Department attorneys have reportedly admitted that copies of Lois Lerner’s supposedly missing emails likely still exist on government backup computer drives. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with how email and government systems operate.
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Via Fox News, we learn details of this admission that blows a huge and incriminating hole in the IRS stonewalling story that Lerner’s computer crashed and her hard drive was damaged beyond repair, thus preventing Congressional investigators from getting their hands on emails critical to their probe of IRS intimidation of conservative groups.
In a stunning revelation, the president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch told Fox News that Justice Department attorneys have intimated that Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails likely exist in back-up computers.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the news came during a Friday phone call with Department of Justice attorneys representIn a stunning revelation, the president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch told Fox News that Justice Department attorneys have intimated that Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails likely exist in back-up computers.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the news came during a Friday phone call with Department of Justice attorneys representing the IRS in Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit against the IRS.
Fitton said DOJ attorneys told him the federal government backs up all computer records to ensure the continuity of government in the event of a catastrophe. They told him that retrieving the emails from Lerner, a former IRS official, would be “too onerous” – a legal burden that can exempt an agency from complying with FOIA requests.
Of course, if the mainstream media fails to do its job of getting to the bottom of this latest development exposing massive IRS corruption and deception, it’s certainly possible that all the “more current” issues embroiling Team Obama will prevent us from learning the truth about Lois Lerner’s involvement in the IRS targeting scandal. And it could certainly be purposeful that Obama has stalled and dragged his feet to prevent this revelation from coming to light until now.