Federal investigators now have the capability to turn over tens of thousands of once-lost Lois Lerner emails.
Last month, Deputy Treasury Inspector General Timothy Camus testified before the House Oversight Committee that it had discovered back-up tapes in a storage facility in West Virginia, which contain over 30,000 Lerner emails. He also stated that at the time, he could not turn over the emails to the committee due to a licensing issue with the company that provides the software needed to match the emails.
The Daily Caller reports that Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s office confirmed Monday that the Treasury IG now has the needed software and will be able to provide all the Lerner emails discovered. Chaffetz serves as chair of the House Oversight Committee.
Camus also testified last month that his investigation indicated “there is potential criminal activity” by the IRS in its targeting of conservative groups.
“What we’re looking at is potential criminal wrongdoing. This has the looks, feel and smells of being criminal,” Chaffetz told CNN after last month’s hearing.
The emails in question cover the period from January 2009 to April 2011, a time during which Lerner served as director of the IRS’ tax exempt unit. She was placed on administrative leave in May 2013 and retired in September of that year.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen had testified before Congress in June of 2014 that the Lerner emails were lost due to complications caused by a computer crash, and that the back-up tapes only covered a six month period.
Lerner consistently pleaded the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when called before Congress to testify regarding her involvement in the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.
In May 2014, the House voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress.
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