IRS changes its story on lost emails and hard drive crashes

IRS Commissioner Koskinen’s testimony that all backup tapes of Lois Lerner’s emails have been destroyed may be “inoperative,” to use the term employed during Watergate when stories changed. The House Oversight Committee chaired by Darrell Issa has released the transcription of testimony taken last week revealing that the IRS is changing its tune. During a transcribed interview with congressional investigators on Thursday, July 17, IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane, who supervises the IRS’s targeting scandal document production to Congress, testified that new developments now make him uncertain whether e-mail back-up tapes containing lost e-mails from key IRS targeting official Lois Lerner exist or not.  The new testimony is at odds with the June 13, 2014, memo sent to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) by the IRS which reported that the IRS, “Confirmed that back-up tapes from 2011 no longer exist because...(Read Full Post)