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Judicial Watch's Fitton: No One Buys IRS Lost Emails

By    |   Monday, 08 Sep 2014 01:17 PM

No one believes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lost any emails related to the congressional investigation into whether the federal agency subjected conservative groups seeking nonprofit status to additional scrutiny, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton tells Newsmax TV.
 
The IRS admitted Friday that more emails from five employees related to the investigation are also missing, in addition to the missing emails by former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has been held in contempt of Congress over the matter. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen cited "hard-drive issues that resulted in a probable loss of emails." 

"I don't believe there are really any missing emails," Fitton told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Monday. "There are just emails in places they don't want to look."

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"The IRS told us two months ago that there have been 2,000 computer crashes since the beginning of the year, and they're just trying to pretend that all of this stuff disappears," he said.

"They told us they had catastrophic backup systems, and we believe that's government wide," he said, which is why "no one buys the IRS lost emails."

"Everyone understands and is outraged that they consider it too onerous to even look for these emails," Fitton added. "We're tired of this stonewalling, we're tired of the obstructing."

Judicial Watch reported Thursday that it learned from some of Lerner's emails, which the government watchdog group had obtained, that the IRS was using donor lists kept by nonprofit political groups for a "secret research project." 

"They didn't need these donor lists to evaluate their exemptions and they admitted that," Fitton said. "Lois Lerner said 'we didn't need or use them.'"

"What did we do with them? And evidently they decided to destroy or return them, although that, evidently, didn't happen," he said.

"Another email shows that another official said, 'Hold on, we're using these for a secret research project,'" the Judicial Watch president told Newsmax.

"What the heck is going on? You donate to a tea party group. Your name is illicitly gotten from the IRS, and the IRS wants to use it as a secret research project?"

"What is going on? ... What is this secret research project?"

Fitton said that the House Ways and Means Committee discovered that conservative donors "were more likely to be audited" than those who donated to other groups.

The Judicial Watch president believes that his group has a better chance of getting to the bottom of this issue through its FOIA requests than do members of Congress.


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