Former IRS supervisor Lois Lerner had a personal email account under an assumed name that she used for agency business — and the agency's official database contains documents from Lerner's home computer, the Justice Department told a federal court judge in the Judicial Watch lawsuit over the targeting of conservative groups.
"In addition to emails to or from an email account denominated 'Lois G. Lerner' or 'Lois Home,' some emails responsive to Judicial Watch's request
may have been sent to or received from a personal email account denominated 'Toby Miles,'" IRS lawyer Geoffrey Klimas said late Monday in a status filing in the case.
Klimas told U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in the filing that, while it was not clear who "Toby Miles" is, IRS attorneys had concluded that the name referred to a "personal email account used by Lerner."
The filing also noted that the official IRS database included "documents that Lerner's attorneys provided from Lerner's 'personal home computer and email on her personal email' account."
The Justice Department's tax attorneys made the disclosure late Monday in a status report filed in Judicial Watch's lawsuit, which the watchdog group filed to obtain documents regarding the IRS' targeting of tea party and conservative groups.
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch's president, slammed the latest revelations.
"It is remarkable that the Obama IRS and Justice Department waited two years to tell a federal court that Lois Lerner had a separate email account that contains documents at issue in the IRS scandal," he said. "Especially since both agencies knew about this account since April of last year."
"It could be a crime if Lois Lerner keeps confidential taxpayer data on her non-governmental email account."
"This new disclosure follows Obama's administration Nixonian practice of 'modified limited hangouts' of information about its IRS scandal and Lois Lerner's 'lost and found' emails," Fitton added. "Every step of the way, the Obama IRS has obstructed this court's orders to get Lois Lerner's emails recovered and searched."
Last month, Sullivan threatened to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and the Justice Department in contempt after the IRS failed to produce status reports and the newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, who was head of the unit that oversaw granting tax-exempt status to organizations.
Sullivan had issued the order on July 1.
The Treasury Department's inspector general told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month that his office had received 744 backup tapes containing emails sent and received by Lerner.
Those emails were previously believed to have been destroyed by the agency.
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