Lois Lerner's emails recovered
Lois Lerner, now retired and enjoying a six-figure income courtesy of taxpayers, has plenty of time to wonder which of her emails are now in the hands of congressional investigators. Bernie Becker of The Hill reports:
An inspector general investigating the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups has found thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of that controversy, according to committees involved in the probe.
Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) said it found roughly 6,400 emails either to or from Lerner from between 2004 and 2013 that it didn’t think the IRS had turned over to lawmakers, the congressional committees said. The committees have yet to examine the emails, aides on Capitol Hill said.
That’s only about 4 emails per workday for the period in question, but they might be the incriminating ones, since other emails were already turned over, while these were the ones that were destroyed (we are supposed to believe that this was inadvertent according to IRS commissioner Koskinen). How many other emails remain lost? I have no idea.
How long can it take to review the recovered emails? We’ll see what the committee staffs do, and how this plays out. The longer it takes, the closer we get to the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, Lois Lerner has got to be wondering what will be found. She knows what she wrote, and she knew enough to take the Fifth Amendment.
Tick, tick, tick, tick.