Analyst claims some information on Lerner’s hard drive was retrievable
July 22nd, 2014
07:56 PM ET
23 hours ago

Analyst claims some information on Lerner’s hard drive was retrievable

Washington (CNN) – In a development that contradicts statements by the IRS commissioner, Republican investigators say they have learned that former agency official Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was only "scratched" and some information on it was likely recoverable at one point.

Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means Committee last month that Lerner's hard drive had been recycled so the agency was unable to pull emails that the panel wants as part of its investigation of IRS targeting of political groups.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
Issa: Back-up records of Lerner’s emails may exist
July 21st, 2014
08:00 PM ET
2 days ago

Issa: Back-up records of Lerner’s emails may exist

(CNN) – Copies of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails that were deemed unrecoverable might actually be retrievable, an IRS lawyer appeared to indicate in a recent testimony, according to House Republicans.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, selectively released information Monday about a closed session the committee held with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane last week.

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Filed under: Congress • Darrell Issa • IRS
IRS employee touted Obama to helpline callers
July 10th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
2 weeks ago

IRS employee touted Obama to helpline callers

(CNN) - An IRS employee has been suspended for "repeatedly" trying to convince callers to a customer service help line to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012.

The Office of Special Counsel, which handles whistle blower complaints, said the employee, whose name was not released, delivered a "chant based on the spelling of the employee's last name."

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Filed under: IRS • President Obama
June 29th, 2014
11:22 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Issa: 'We'll probably never know' what happened to Lerner's hard drive

(CNN) – Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday the committee he chairs will "probably never know" if a computer crash that destroyed sought-after e-mails was a deliberate act to cover up wrongdoing at the IRS.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, the California Republican said that though the hard drive belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner is “physically gone,” there's evidence that she was in violation of some agency regulations and laws.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • TV-State of the Union
June 29th, 2014
10:28 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Lerner attorney: Client vilified by GOP out of convenience

(CNN) - The attorney for embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday that Republicans are denigrating an innocent woman for purely political purposes.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, attorney William Taylor said it's "convenient" for the GOP to suggest that Lerner's computer crash, which destroyed documents sought by a House Committee, means something "nefarious" was going on.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • TV-State of the Union
June 27th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Koskinen's donations raised questions as House GOP calls for more documents

(CNN) – Internal Revenue Service chief John Koskinen's own political leanings are coming into question as the controversy continues to unfold involving the agency’s targeting of certain political groups.

Over the past 30 years, Koskinen has given more than $100,000 to Democratic causes, according to FEC filings. But the government veteran downplayed his political activity, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday, "I've never been a partisan operative, a political operative."

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Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records
June 25th, 2014
06:04 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records

Washington (CNN) - Expanding his IRS investigation by more than two decades, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, has sent a subpoena to the Federal Elections Commission for all communications involving former IRS administrator Lois Lerner from January 1, 1986 to the present day.

This new search is the broadest-yet for records in a year-long investigation by Issa and congressional Republicans, who are trying to assess why the agency targeted tea party and other political groups for extra scrutiny.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • FEC • IRS
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
June 16th, 2014
09:12 PM ET
1 month ago

IRS faces volley of new scrutiny

Washington (CNN) - A new round of scrutiny hit the IRS on Monday as senators from both parties summoned the agency’s chief to Capitol Hill, one House committee set up a new investigative hearing and another issued a subpoena for the head of the agency to appear.

This came after the IRS announced that up to two years of e-mails from former agency manager Lois Lerner were destroyed when her hard drive crashed in 2011. Lerner ran the IRS division that oversaw tax-exempt status and is a key figure in the investigation into why the agency targeted tea party and other groups. The IRS says it has worked to recover the Lerner e-mails by searching through the accounts of dozens of employees who may have corresponded with her.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
June 16th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
1 month ago

White House: Lerner emails lost in computer crash

(CNN) – A top White House official blamed a computer crash for the disappearance of emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, echoing the explanation the agency gave Congress last week for the two years' worth of missing subpoenaed correspondence.

"I think it's entirely reasonable. And it's fact," incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • Josh Earnest
IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash
June 14th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
1 month ago

IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers are slamming the Internal Revenue Service, with one calling for an immediate investigation, after the agency notified Congress Friday that it was unable to recover former official Lois Lerner’s e-mails from January 2009 to April 2011 because of a computer crash.

The agency made the disclosure in a letter sent to Congressional investigators Friday afternoon, according a statement from Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-Louisiana.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Dave Camp • IRS • Orrin Hatch • Ron Wyden
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