Lois Lerner

Congressman Asks NSA To Turn Over Lois Lerner’s Metadata After IRS Loses Her Emails

One month after Congress held former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify about her involvement in targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the IRS told Congress Friday that it lost over two years’ worth of crucial emails between Lerner and various federal agencies.

The agency claimed that the emails were lost because Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011.

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries,” said House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI). “There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the inspector general.”

In a press release, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) asked  NSA director Michael Rogers to release Lerner’s metadata, saying

 “the metadata will establish who Lerner contacted and when, which helps investigators determine the extent of illegal activity by the IRS.” 

In his email to Rogers, Stockman wrote:

I am writing to request the Agency produce all metadata it has collected on all of Ms. Lerner’s email accounts for the period between January 2009 and April 2011. The data may be transmitted to our Communications Director at Donny@mail.house.gov. Your prompt cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated and will help establish how IRS and other personnel violated rights protected by the First Amendment.

The IRS said it was able to gather 24,000 of Lerner’s emails that had been copied to other IRS employees. However, the vital missing emails are communications that were sent to agencies outside of the IRS, including “the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices,” according to Camp’s office.

House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa(R-CA) implied that the Obama administration has been deceptive in this sudden revelation of missing emails. “Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they’re just now realizing the most critical time period is missing?” Issa wrote in an email statement.

“The IRS has remained focused on being thorough and responding as quickly as possible to the wide-ranging requests from Congress while taking steps to protect underlying taxpayer information,” read an IRS statement.

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