House Investigators: Experts Say Lerner’s Hard Drive Wasn’t Irreparably Damaged
House investigators say Lois Lerner’s hard drive was “scratched” and not irreparably damaged.
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GOP-led Ways and Means Committee investigators, in their quest to recover missing Lerner emails, learned her hard drive was damaged but recoverable by talking to IRS information-technology experts, after the government originally refused to make them available, according to the committee.
“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” said committee Chairman Dave Camp.
The Michigan Republican said the new information also raises more questions about potential criminal wrongdoing at the IRS because the committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical hard drive was recycled and potentially shredded.
In addition, learning that the hard drive was only scratched also raises questions about why the IRS refused to use outside experts to recover the data.
“In fact, in-house professionals at the IRS recommended the agency seek outside assistance in recovering the data,” the committee said Tuesday in a release.
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tom Dupree and Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt were on “The Kelly File” tonight to discuss the latest.
Dupree said IRS officials’ stories are shifting by the day. He called it worrisome because these statements are submitted under oath, making officials vulnerable to perjury and obstruction charges.
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