Remember when the IRS told us Lois Lerner’s emails could not be retrieved because her computer crashed and the hard drives that backed up her data were subsequently destroyed? Well, the search for the missing emails has gotten even more bizarre (if that is even possible at this point).
Politico is now reporting the House Oversight Committee has obtained communications from April 9, 2013 in which Lerner encouraged colleagues to be “cautious” about what they write in emails for fear of congressional inquiries. In the same email, Lerner also asked if the IRS’s internal messaging system could be searched.
“I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails,” Lerner wrote to Maria Hooke, the director of business systems planning for the tax-exempt division of the IRS. “Someone asked if OCS conversations were also searchable — I don’t know… Do you know?”
The timing of this conversation is particularly interesting when you consider it occurred less than two weeks after the IRS inspector general shared a draft report with the agency detailing the targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.
Needless to say, this latest revelation does not bode well for Lerner or the agency, which has tried to pass off the majority of recent events as happenstance. On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, TheBlaze’s national security editor Buck Sexton was joined by American Center for Law and Justice senior counsel David French to discuss what these newly released communications could mean for the investigation.