Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sounded off tonight on the revelation that 32,000 of Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails have been found.

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Though they don't know how many of them are new, they told a congressional oversight committee that IRS employees had not asked computer technicians for the tapes, as directed by a subpoena from House oversight and other investigating committees.


The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011.

At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But Camus said investigators recovered thousands of emails from old computer tapes used to back up the agency's email system, though he said he believed some tapes had been erased.

Chaffetz said it’s “stunning” that an inspector general found the tapes in 15 days despite repeated claims from IRS officials that the emails were lost.

Chaffetz told Greta Van Susteren that when he learned the emails were found, he thought, “You’ve gotta be kidding me.”

The inspector general is now probing criminal intent, Chaffetz said.

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