Judicial Watch: IRS Unclear About Which Emails Are Missing

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 04:54 PM

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The Internal Revenue Service is being vague about which of Lois Lerner's emails are supposedly missing, according to Chris Farrell, director of research and investigation for Judicial Watch.

"The IRS has painted itself into a very dangerous corner,'' Farrell said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.

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"They've made all of these public [declarations] to Congress and to others about how 'the emails are lost, we can't find them, the hard drive is gone, and blah, blah, blah' — all of which are laughable at their face.

"Guess who they haven't told that to? They haven't told that to us or the judge in our lawsuit against them.''

Judicial Watch — a conservative think tank promoting "transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics, and the law'' — has Freedom of Information Act requests and a lawsuit against the IRS seeking the "lost" Lerner emails.

Lerner resigned from her position at the IRS earlier this year after allegations emerged that the agency was targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

The IRS says a number of emails written by Lerner and other agency employees — which a House select committee probing the scandal believes may contain key evidence — were destroyed in a computer crash.

But Farrell said that in all of the information the IRS has sent Judicial Watch, or to a judge overseeing the case, "they have never once mentioned the loss of any kind of emails or records.

"It's not clear to me what they're representing as having been lost,'' he said. "They’ve got a real problem when they go in front of the judge next week."


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