‘Multiple sources’ say Lois Lerner’s hard drive has been “recycled”

Posted by: ST on June 19, 2014 at 9:42 am
Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner


Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.

“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.

Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late Wednesday, citing IRS officials.

It may just be standard government procedure, but the revelation is significant because some lawmakers and observers thought there was a way that tech experts could revive Lerner’s emails after they were washed away in a computer crash in the summer of 2011. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), for example, subpoenaed her damaged hard drive earlier this week, when he asked for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRS issued to Lois G. Lerner.”

“IT experts have weighed in and said yes — we can get those” emails, said Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) earlier Wednesday.

The latest news suggests such professionals may never get the chance to try again — and the IRS has even said its criminal investigators who specialize in rebuilding hard drives to recover hidden information from criminals were unable to restore the data back in 2011. But this is only likely to further enrage Republicans, who are fuming over the matter and suspect Washington officials drove the selective scrutiny.

All of this is so very convenient, isn’t it? House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa isn’t buying any of it:

Issa’s office issued a statement tonight saying, “If the IRS truly got rid of evidence in a way that violated the Federal Records Act and ensured the FBI never got a crack at recovering files from an official claiming a Fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination, this is proof their whole line about ‘losing’ e-mails in the targeting scandal was just one more attempted deception. Old and useless binders of information are still stored and maintained on federal agency shelves; official records, like the e-mails of a prominent official, don’t just disappear without a trace unless that was the intention.”


Best Tweet response to this news I’ve seen so far:

BREAKING: the IRS has recycled the hard drive containing Lois Lerner’s emails and turned it into a presidential golf club. – @Gunservatively

You can choose to laugh, cry, mock, or scream at the depth of corruption on display here. For the moment, I choose mockery.

There will be hearings on this issue Friday and Monday where IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will testify. Stay tuned.

(Via Memeorandum)

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6 Responses to “‘Multiple sources’ say Lois Lerner’s hard drive has been “recycled””


  1. Dan says:

    Her email is a federal record that is supposed to be stored in a database. What happened to the hard drive on her computer is irrelevant. With the White House claiming that it’s “credible” that this happened. Did they inadvertently admit complicity?

  2. EllieP says:

    This is STILL no excuse! There are servers. Back up servers. Then there are the records, hard drives and servers of the people to whom the emails were sent.

  3. arcman46 says:

    Sounds like there should be some jail time coming up.

  4. formwiz says:

    Those emails are somewhere.

    Optical disk, tape, redundant server, somewhere.

    Anybody who buys this wants to.

  5. Carlos says:

    This gets “curiouser and curiouser.”

    First, they “lost” the emails. That was laughed into oblivion to the point even thin-skinned Zero decided it would never work.

    Now, fully one week AFTER their first attempt at criminal deceit in this matter, they come up with “The hard drive no longer exists.” Yeah, rrriiiight.

    So now, unless they did the same thing to the hard drives of the recipients of every one of those “missing” emails, AND to the multiple servers they were backed up on, the Congressional investigators or Special Prosecutor will have to go just a little bit further out of their way to get them.

    And if, per chance, all those other hard drives were destroyed, too, not even Kagan or any of the other SCOTUS socialist butt-sniffers could believe the extremely remote possibility of THAT happening.

    This is getting so bad that, if he was left out of the loop on this one (probable, given his penchant for screwing up), even Mr. Gaffetastic would pause to think about the plausibility, and everyone on earth knows the very last thing he likes doing is thinking.