by John Greenewald, Jr.
In light of the growing evidence of an IRS scandal, sources have now come forward to say that Lois Lerner’s emails, allegedly destroyed during a 2011 hard drive crash, have been “lost forever.”
“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a Republican on the Finance Committee.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had subpoenaed the damaged hard drive earlier this week. 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.
But Republicans may never get that chance, and the emails are more than likely gone for good.
“We believe the standard IRS protocol was followed in 2011 for disposing of the broken hard drive. A bad hard drive, like other broken Information Technology equipment, is sent to a recycler as part of our regular process,” an IRS spokesman said in response to a query from the POLITICO news agency.
During this investigation of the missing emails, the White House continues to remain quiet, along with the no retired Lerner.
However, the IRS has been able to retrieve about 24,000 of Lerner’s emails sent to other IRS employees by recovering them from other agents who received, sent or were copied on the emails.