Congressional investigators say the Internal Revenue Service has lost more emails connected to the tea party investigation.
The IRS said last Friday it had lost an untold number of emails when Lois Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011. Lerner used to head the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status.
On Tuesday, two key lawmakers said the IRS has also lost emails from additional officials whose computers crashed.
House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said one of those employees is Nikole Flax, who was chief of staff to then-Deputy IRS Commissioner Steve Miller. Miller was fired from the IRS after the targeting scandal broke, and Republicans have been seeking Flax’s emails as a way to uncover more evidence about the scandal.
Camp and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), who chairs the oversight subcommittee, said the lost emails now make it appear that the IRS was lying when it said it would work with Republicans to find pertinent information about the targeting scandal.
“It looks like the American people were lied to and the IRS tried to cover-up the fact it conveniently lost key documents in this investigation,” they said. “The White House promised full cooperation, the Commissioner promised full access to Lois Lerner emails and now the Agency claims it cannot produce those materials and they’ve known for months they couldn’t do this.”
The two Republicans said Flax appeared to be a “frequent visitor” to the White House, which raises other questions.
Just wait till the crashes spread to Obama and Hillary.