[Ed. – Are we supposed to take any of this elaborate game seriously? It’s like watching a toddler throw strategic tantrums.]
The IRS might not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner’s emails after all, according to a top IRS official.
In testimony released Monday, Thomas Kane, the IRS’s deputy associate chief counsel, told House Oversight investigators last week that the agency was examining whether all the backup tapes which held the emails have been recycled.
The IRS told lawmakers in June that the tapes had been recycled, one of the reasons that an untold number of Lerner’s emails were missing. Since then, the IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, has rep But Kane, the top IRS official in charge of producing documents for Congress, said on Thursday that: “I don’t know if there is a backup tape with information on it or there isn’t. I know that there’s an issue out there about it.”
“It’s an issue that’s being looked at,” Kane also said.
A partial transcript of Kane’s interview was released Monday by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), one of the leading Republicans investigating the IRS.
In the transcript released by Issa, Kane also insists that the IRS believed that the tapes had been recycled when it told Congress more than a month ago that it couldn’t recover all of Lerner’s emails. He didn’t say why that might not be the case anymore. …
On Monday, Issa said Kane’s answers raised new questions about the IRS’s handling of the investigation, especially given that he had to subpoena Kane for the interview.
“Finding out that IRS Commissioner Koskinen jumped the gun in reporting to Congress that the IRS ‘confirmed’ all backup tapes had been destroyed makes me even more suspicious of why he waited months to inform Congress about lost Lois Lerner emails,” Issa said in a statement.