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Obama's IRS corruption scandal revealed by hiding or losing Lerner emails

More trouble for the Obama Administration's credibility peaked Friday when the Internal Revenue Service claimed the emails promised to Congress regarding Lois Lerner can not be produced.

"If there wasn't nefarious conduct that went much higher than Lois Lerner in the IRS targeting scandal, why are they playing these games," asks House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
"If there wasn't nefarious conduct that went much higher than Lois Lerner in the IRS targeting scandal, why are they playing these games," asks House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
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Lerner, an ex-leader in the IRS is being investigated for Obama scandal of targeting conservative groups and individuals.

Previously the IRS told Congress they would release Lerner's 2009-2011 emails, but can not now due to their claim of a computer crash.

The IRS previously agreed to hand over all of the ex-IRS official’s emails from 2009 to 2011 to the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Dave Camp. But the IRS claimed Friday that it has Lerner’s emails to and from other IRS officials but it cannot produce emails to and from the Treasury and Justice Departments, the Federal Election Commission, or Democratic offices.

"The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries,” said Rep. Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.”

“Just a short time ago, Commissioner Koskinen promised to produce all Lerner documents,” Camp informed through a released statement. “It appears now that was an empty promise."

"In the course of the Committee's investigation, the Administration repeatedly claimed we were getting access to all relevant IRS documents. Only now - thirteen months into the investigation - the IRS reveals that key emails from the time of the targeting have been lost," stated Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA). "And they bury that fact deep in an unrelated letter on a Friday afternoon. In that same letter, they urge Congress to end the investigations into IRS wrongdoing. This is not the transparency promised to the American people. If there is no smidgeon of corruption what is the Administration hiding?"

"Frankly, these are the critical years of the targeting of conservative groups that could explain who knew what when, and what, if any, coordination there was between agencies," continued Camp. "Instead, because of this loss of documents, we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone."

"This failure of the IRS requires the White House, which promised to get to the bottom of this, to do an Administration-wide search and production of any emails to or from Lois Lerner," stated Camp. "The Administration has repeatedly referred us back to the IRS for production of materials. It is clear that is wholly insufficient when it comes to determining the full scope of the violation of taxpayer rights.”