Jun 14 14 9:04 AM

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 IRS claims it has LOST two years' worth of emails from embattled former official Lois Lerner as tea party targeting scandal heats up again 
  • More than a year after receiving a subpoena, the IRS says there's a 28-month period where Lerner's emails to and from people outside the IRS no longer exist
  • The agency blames a computer crash for the loss
  • Lois Lerner, formerly the director of the IRS subagency that awards tax exemptions to nonprofit groups, is accused of playing political favorites
  • She allegedly led a conspiracy to cripple conservative groups by slow-walking or denying their applications for tax-exempt status, which is crucial for fundraising
  • Conservatives hit the roof on Friday, with one group drawing a comparison with the famous 18 minutes of missing audio on Watergate-era tapes of Richard Nixon's daily Oval Office meetings
By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor The Internal Revenue Service has lost two years worth of emails to and from embattled former tax official Lois Lerner, the agency told congressional investigators on Friday.The IRS promised on May 8 to turn over all her emails but now blames a computer crash for huge tranches of missing documents.Lerner is under investigation for allegedly orchestrating a years-long program that targeted tea party groups and other conservative organizations for unusually intrusive scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status beginning in the year before the 2010 congressional midterm elections.The House Ways and Means Committee, one of two bodies probing the case, said Friday that the IRS says that for the period of January 2009 through April 2011, the only Lerner emails it can find are those that were sent to or from other IRS employees.Emails whose sender or recipient was outside the government, or inside other agencies, have mysteriously disappeared.Those include the White House, the Justice and Treasury Departments, the Federal Elections Commission and Democratic congressional offices. image
Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner (C) exercised her Fifth Amendment right not to testify about her role in a scheme to target conservative nonprofit groups, but Republicans held her in contempt of Congress and subpoenaed her emails -- which have now gone missing  image
Are you kidding me? Rep. Dave Camp., the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Friday that he would find it hard to believe the IRS moving forward Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, said Friday that 'the fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable.''He also said the claim 'calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries.'Camp pointed a finger at IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who pledged in a March 26 hearing to produce every document the agency had which might be related to the scandal.'It appears now that was an empty promise,' Camp said, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2657545/IRS-claims-LOST-two-years-worth-email-embattled-former-official-Lois-Lerner-tea-party-targeting-scandal-heats-again.html