Issa: Lerner's Missing Emails Will Be Found

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 10:25 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Forensics will likely find the missing emails of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner that lawmakers feel could expose the extent of the agency's targeting of conservative groups, Rep. Darrell Issa said on Fox News.

The IRS revealed on Friday that Lerner's emails were lost in a computer crash. The emails of an additional six employees were also reported lost, lawmakers revealed Tuesday.

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The emails had been subpoenaed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is investigating the IRS scandal. Issa, who chairs the panel, said it's unlikely they can't be retrieved, unless they were intentionally deleted.

"These systems are designed not to be lost," the California Republican told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday. "They're located on servers that are either continuously backed up, or backed up at least nightly."

"We believe these emails could be found, unless, in fact, the IRS and Lois Lerner have made sure they can't be found. We expect that forensics will get them," he added.

Issa explained IRS Commissioner John Koskinen "knew or should have known that [a computer glitch] had already occurred." He called the report of the lost emails "contemptible," and said Koskinen, who is expected to testify before the committee on June 23, would "have some answering to do."

Lerner should be held accountable for her actions for testifying under oath before Congress that she had not broken any laws, Issa said.

"Lois Lerner broke regulations. Lois Lerner broke laws. And, Lois Lerner under oath testified she didn't. I consider that perjury. I expect that she will be criminally referred," he said.

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