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Koskinen Now Says IRS Email Backups Have Been Found

From Fox News:

Tale of the Tapes: IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe

July 23, 2014

The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" — despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there’s anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general’s office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material.

The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes "no longer exist because they have been recycled." It is unclear whether the tapes in IG custody contain any Lerner emails, but Koskinen said investigators are now checking…

What’s the rush?

Democrats, meanwhile, slammed Republicans for continuing to bring Koskinen before the congressional committees. "This is unseemly, it’s embarrassing, this is not a proper way to run an investigation," Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.

Is that the same Mr. Cummings who declared several months ago that Congress already knew all there was to know about the IRS scandal?

Meanwhile, we have this from the Daily Caller:

IRS Commissioner: We’re Not Investigating The Missing Emails Right Now

By Patrick Howley | July 23, 2014

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen revealed Wednesday that he is not speaking to any potential witnesses in the missing-emails case while his agency’s inspector general conducts his own investigation.

Koskinen claimed that IRS inspector general J. Russell George told him “not to do any further investigations or interviews” with employees pertaining to hard drive crashes, and that’s why he did not voluntarily provide a key witness to congressional investigators. But Koskinen later admitted that the inspector general never told him not to cooperate with Congress…

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy grilled Koskinen on his remarks, asking him that if sexual harassment or racial discrimination occurred “you would wait until the IG investigated” before asking around about it.

“There is nothing about an ongoing IG investigation that would prevent you from doing your job,” Gowdy said. “There is nothing talismanic about an IG investigation…You could do a dual investigation.” …

Of course, this stalling tactic isn’t unique to the IRS scandal. This has been the standard MO in the ‘investigation’ of each and every Obama scandal.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, July 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Koskinen Now Says IRS Email Backups Have Been Found”

  1. Isn’t perjury before congress still a crime? This man has lied to these committees at least four times. Call out the Sargent-at-Arms and arrest him since the AG’s office isn’t going to enforce any laws. They went after baseball players for less..

    The Attorneys General office needs to be removed from under the Executive Branch and given pure and total independence. It should become an elected position, every two years.

  2. Oh Crap… People aren’t buying the “crashed hard drive” story… How long will it take to come up with a dummy set of tapes that will fool congress?

    We could have that ready by late July… is that soon enough?

    We’ll just run Obama plan 2 until then. We’ll be trite, yet condescending. Confident, yet clueless. Transparent, yet opaque. Then we’ll say we found the tapes in a dumpster or something, and our forgeries will fool everyone. Just like when we said they could keep their health insurance. By the time they figure out what really happened, we’ll all be retired and living on comfortable government pensions.

  3. Astravogel

    Betcha after they review the tapes, there won’t be anything there except 18-minute gaps.


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