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Missing IRS emails: bureaucratic failure or cover-up?
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Missing IRS emails: bureaucratic failure or cover-up?

Missing IRS emails: bureaucratic failure or cover-up?
Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE - In this May 22, 2013, file photo, then-IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. The House is preparing to vote May 7, on holding Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

Missing IRS emails: bureaucratic failure or cover-up?

The IRS says it lost emails central to Congress' investigation into the agency. But while White House officials call this a simple bureaucratic failure, conservatives have labeled it a full-blown conspiracy.

Republican lawmakers blasted IRS commissioner John Koskinen at a congressional hearing Friday after learning the agency would not be able to produce thousands of promised emails of former official Lois Lerner due to a crashed hard drive. (Via HLN)

The IRS told members of Congress earlier this week that the hard drive of Lois Lerner, the former head of the tax-exempt status division, had been thrown away in 2011 after crashing. (Via ABC)

Politico reports two sources citing IRS officials told them the same thing, explaining Lerner's hard drive had been "recycled" as was standard procedure after IT experts were unable to recover its contents. Politico's Rachel Bade writes, "It may just be standard government procedure, but the revelation is significant."

That's because Lerner and other IRS officials were found to have improperly scrutinized the Tea Party and other conservative groups for tax-exempt status beginning in spring 2010. 

For the record, IRS documents showed liberal groups were also targeted, showing that the agency had scrutinized political action groups of all kinds, not just conservatives. (Via CNN)

Some Republicans believe the additional scrutiny may have been politically motivated and say that if there is a smoking gun connecting the White House to the scandal, it's likely somewhere in Lerner's emails sent between 2009 and 2011. (Via NPRThe Christian Science Monitor)

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that claim, telling reporters there was no communication between the Obama administration and Lerner during that time.

But the discovery that Lerner's hard drive was physically discarded, and the fact that the IRS has known about it for some time, is raising some eyebrows. 

Contesting the idea of an IRS cover up, Koskinen explains emails were sent at the time demonstrating Lerner requested assistance from the agency's criminal investigation division to retrieve her emails after her computer crashed. (Via CBS

​Many Republican lawmakers don't see it that way, expressing it's hypocritical for the IRS to so easily lose a top official's emails while requiring taxpayers to keep such extensive receipt records. 

The IRS insists its record-keeping policies for officials were consistent with federal law mandating it at the time. It reportedly changed the way it backs up official records in May 2013, shortly before the controversy came to light.

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