Here’s hoping for Lois Lerner’s sake that orange is her color and that she looks good in jumpsuits. As noted in today’s headlines, federal investigators have recovered 32,000 emails on 424 previously unaccounted for backup tapes that relate to the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative organizations.
These are among the infamous “lost” tapes that the agency’s chief, John Koskinen, swore under oath last June had been “irrevocably lost because the disaster recovery tape onto which the agency’s electronic correspondence is backed up holds data for only six months.” By November, Koskinen, feeling Congressional pressure, had managed miraculously to pluck the missing 744 tapes from the ether and turned them over to the House Ways and Means Committee.
But the really big score came two weeks ago when investigators unearthed the newest cache of tapes, one of which contained an email so damning that Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus the House Oversight Committee, “There is potential criminal activity.” The email, from Lerner, is embedded in this tweet:
If you can believe it, here’s an actual email sent by Lois Lerner: pic.twitter.com/1VY09EYaCz
— GOP Oversight (@GOPoversight) February 27, 2015
The highlighted statement, “No one will ever believe that both your hard drive and mine crashed within a week of each other,” is practically an open admission that Lerner and other members of the IRS were engaging in a deception to conceal their correspondence from investigators. Questions to be answered now include how high up the chain of command the malfeasance runs.
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