A top Republican lawmaker is asking a government agency being investigated for misconduct and other suspected malfeasance to help in locating evidence lost by another government agency, according to news media coverage on Saturday.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, is attempting to unleash the National Security Agency (NSA) on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to locate the so-called "missing emails" between the IRS's former director of Tax Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, and other Obama administration officials at departments such as the Justice Department, according to news stories on Saturday.
In his letter sent to the already controversial NSA Director Mike Rogers, Stockman informed the spy chief that the NSA would be the best agency for the job of locating the alleged lost emails between Ms. Lerner and government agencies and liberal-left political groups regarding Tea Party and conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.
"Now this is something the NSA should be involved in, but I doubt they will help investigate the IRS or the Obama minions. The NSA appears to only spy on law-abiding Americans," said former NYPD detective and military intelligence operative Michael Snipes.
According to an Examiner news story, the IRS told lawmakers this week that it lost a number of emails that were subpoenaed by the House Ways & Means Committee and the House Oversight Committee. The IRS claims that a computer malfunction caused the loss of a large number of Lois Lerner emails and responses to her emails by other government agencies and groups such as media matters.
Republicans have claimed that President Obama and the IRS are stonewalling three separate investigations into IRS practices that targeted conservative nonprofits. "Barack Obama has brought us Jimmy Carter’s economy and Richard Nixon’s excuses," said Rep. Stockman in a press statement.
Rep. Stockman claims that the NSA is equipment to retrieve data that “will establish who Lerner contacted and when, which helps investigators determine the extent of illegal activity by the IRS.”
The IRS blindsided the congressmen involved in the IRS probe when it announced the loss of emails for the period between January 2009 and April 2011.
“At this point in the ongoing investigation, the evidence is clear and compelling that Lois Lerner, at the bidding of political special interest groups, abused her powerful position at the IRS to violate the civil rights of taxpayers, mislead Treasury investigators and risked disclosing the private information of taxpayers that she relentlessly targeted for their political beliefs,” said U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee.