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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email 372

Posted by timothy
from the computer-crashed-whaddya-do dept.
As reported by the Associated Press, via US News & World Report, the IRS says that it cannot locate much of the email sent by a former IRS official over a two-year period. "The IRS told Congress Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year. Lerner headed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS acknowledged last year that agents had improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups." Three congressional committees are investigating the agency because of the allegations of politically motivated mishandling of those applications, as is the Justice Department and the IRS's own inspector general. As the story says, "Congressional investigators have shown that IRS officials in Washington were closely involved in the handling of tea party applications, many of which languished for more than a year without action. But so far, they have not publicly produced evidence that anyone outside the agency directed the targeting or even knew about it." CBS News has a slightly different version, also based on the AP's reporting.
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

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  • by Greyfox (87712) on Friday June 13, 2014 @07:26PM (#47233757) Homepage Journal
    Oh her computer crashed did it? Did you try looking on the server where you keep the mail, and not on her computer?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13, 2014 @09:18PM (#47234275)

    First they lied to the congress

    Then the US Marshals seizing police Stingray records to keep them out of the ACLU

    Now IRS is lying about a certain computer crash in justifying their refusal of disclosing tghe email records of a key IRS employee who was in charge of harassing groups which were affiliated with the so-called "TEA party"

    The Obama administration simply does *NOT* respect the rule of law anymore !

  • Re:Yawn (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Rockoon (1252108) on Saturday June 14, 2014 @12:23AM (#47234877)

    The only group that was actually denied was a "liberal" group, the Maine chapter of Emerge America, which trains Democratic women to run for office. So boo on anyone that is trying to keep the story alive.

    They were "denied" after they were first approved. Meanwhile the enemies of the current administration were neither denied nor approved, a fate worse than either.

  • Re: Yawn (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Applehu Akbar (2968043) on Saturday June 14, 2014 @09:41AM (#47236013)

    He'll, I'd settle for the IRS following its own rule that are enforced so strictly on the rest of us, which is that the taxpayer is presumed guilty. If you, as the accused, cannot produce records proving your case, you lose and get reamed. So in this instance, since the IRS claimed to have 'lost' the records that would have proved its case, we will make the same assumption the IRS does.

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