July 23, 2014
ANNALS OF THE COVERUP: The Hill: Experts Say Lois Lerner’s Emails Could Have Been Recovered From Hard Drive.
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said that the committee had learned that Lerner’s hard drive was “scratched,” and that private sector specialists likely could have recovered emails.
IRS technicians also recommended that the agency seek outside help in recovering the emails, before the hard drive was recycled. A Ways and Means spokeswoman said the information came from an analyst with the IRS’s criminal investigations unit, which examined Lerner’s hard drive.
The IRS has said for weeks that Lerner’s hard drive crash left them unable to reproduce all of her emails for more than two years.
Last week, agency officials said under oath in court filings that Lerner’s hard drive couldn’t be restored, and was then destroyed to protect confidential taxpayer information.
“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” Camp said in a statement.
“The Committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical drive was recycled and potentially shredded. To now learn that the hard drive was only scratched, yet the IRS refused to utilize outside experts to recover the data, raises more questions about potential criminal wrong doing at the IRS.”
Raises questions, answers them, whatever.