Day 8: IRS still can’t find Lerner’s hard drive

Agency says it doesn’t keep track of serial numbers of computer parts

Garth Kant

WASHINGTON – The IRS can’t say with certainty what happened to the computer hard drive used by Lois Lerner, or exactly where it is now, but the agency has provided a federal judge sworn testimony indicating it was probably destroyed.

That means it is doubtful the judge will let the conservative group True the Vote have an independent expert do a forensic examination of what happened to the hard drive.

But the group’s lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, told WND it is still “is a big step in the right direction” because “we have more information today than Congress has gotten from the hearsay testimony of the IRS commissioner.”…

…Members of Congress were incredulous that the IRS, which requires taxpayers to save records going back seven years, did not save emails for more than six months.

As WND reported, when asked by members of the House Oversight Committee on June 23 why the IRS used such an antiquated system, Commissioner Kokinen testified that the estimated cost of $10 million to $30 million was too much.

Expressing disbelief, Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wondered, given the IRS’ $1.8 billion IT budget, should that not have been a priority?

“If we had the right resources, there would be a lot of priorities,” Koskinen testily retorted.

However, Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., pointed out that $10 million to $30 million was not much compared to the $89 million the IRS paid in bonuses last year, including $1 million to employees who actually owed back taxes.



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