WASHINGTON — Lois Lerner’s 30,000 deleted e-mails that could detail her involvement in the IRS targeting scandal may have been found after all, reports say.
The Washington Times reported the e-mails were found by investigators in the Inspector General’s office, but have to be converted to readable format.
This contradicts the IRS’s statements to Congress that these e-mails have been lost forever. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) discovered the e-mails after looking through 744 backup tapes in the IRS system. Up to 30,000 e-mails from 2009 to 2011 were discovered, and apparently belong to Lerner. This covers the time period of lost and deleted e-mails, which Lerner and IRS officials told Congress was probably lost forever.
As the Washington Times, said:
“The revelation raised a host of questions about the IRS’s claims that the emails had been irretrievably lost — assertions the agency and its new chief, John Koskinen, had made both while testifying under oath to Congress and in court papers defending against lawsuits from several of the conservative groups who had been denied approval for nonprofit status.”