“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?” said House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Issa was among a handful of lawmakers to question Friday’s admission by the IRS. He was joined by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking member on the Finance Committee, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 14, 2014
The IRS blames the lost emails—from a period of January 2009 to April 2011—on a computer crash. It has recovered other emails from Lerner because she copied her IRS colleagues on those messages.
How did the IRS lose two years of Lois Lerner’s emails?
Issa, however, said the latest admission raises more questions about who was involved.
“Left to the IRS’ own preferences,” Issa said, “the White House would still be retelling the lie that this was all about mismanagement confined to a local office. The supposed loss of Lerner’s emails further blows a hole in the credibility of claims that the IRS is complying with congressional requests and their repeated assurances that they’re working to get to the truth.”
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