Tech Expert: IRS' Explanation for Lerner Emails Doesn't Make Sense

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 02:39 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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The notion that former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner’s emails cannot be retrieved due to a computer crash is not feasible, according to cybersecurity expert Hemanshu Nigam.

"If her computer did crash, which is what I'm hearing, then the reality of it is, there's another system out there that was backing up everything that was archiving older emails, and there's technical processes in place in the government that automatically do that for you," he said on Newsmax TV's "America’s Forum."

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The government should be searching databases, not on a wild goose chase for Lerner’s laptop, he said. The day after House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed Lerner’s computer this week, Politico reported that the IRS had recycled it.

Lerner supervised the IRS division that reviewed applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS maintains that the agency lost Lerner’s emails when her computer crashed in 2011.

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