More Hard Drive Drama From the IRS; Why Does Their Story Keep Changing?

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The big question here is…why does this story keep changing?

It was revealed yesterday that Lois Lerner’s hard drive was “scratched” (whatever that is supposed to mean) and the data on it was still recoverable. But, that the IRS did not try to recover it, even though that was recommended by in-house IRS IT experts, who felt they should outsource the recovery project.

The IRS instead chose to “shred” (again, what that is supposed to mean), instead, according to a court filing the IRS made to House Ways and Means Committee investigators. They chose this even though they had already been informed that there was an investigation underway into Lerner? Seriously?

Investigators noted that it is unclear whether the scratch was deliberate or accidental.

“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI). “The Committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical drive was recycled and potentially shredded. To now learn that the hard drive was only scratched, yet the IRS refused to utilize outside experts to recover the data, raises more questions about potential criminal wrong doing at the IRS.”

So first they have the emails, then they don’t have the emails, then they might have the emails… back and forth and back and forth. Just more in a long line of questions about the IRS’ handling of these emails.

Why would they even THINK about destroying the hard drive when they knew Lerner was being looked into unless they (1) had something hide, (2) are completely incompetent as an agency, which is scary considering their role in the implementation of the health care law and their intrusion into our personal financial lives, or (3) both.

Can you even imagine if you went into an IRS audit with record keeping and excuses like this!


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