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    LIVE House Hearing: IRS Commissioner testifies on missing Lois Lerner emails

    LIVE House Hearing: IRS Commissioner testifies on missing Lois Lerner emails

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is expected to testify in a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday morning at 9:00am EST. According to a statement from the committee, the hearing will focus on the IRS’s recent statement about the production of emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner.

    You should be able to view the livestream of the hearing at the committee’s UStream channel.

    [Hearing in Recess — here are some videos]


    Before the start:

    As we now know, the IRS notified the Ways and Means Committee last week that Lerner’s emails for the crucial period of 2009 to 2011 had been lost due to a computer crash.

    After that claim triggered much skepticism, the IRS released emails between Lerner and personnel from the IRS Information Technology Division, in which there was written correspondence in mid-2011 concerning the attempts to recover Lerner’s hard drive. Those emails showed that after attempts from “several highly skilled technicians, including HP experts,” the data on the hard drive still could not be recovered.

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subsequently issued a subpoena for Lerner’s hard drive and other electronic devices.

    Then, earlier this week, it was discovered that “in addition to Lois Lerner’s emails, the IRS cannot produce records from six other IRS employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups,” according to the Ways and Means Committee.

    On Wednesday, it was also reported that Lerner’s crashed hard drive has since been recycled, making it unlikely that those missing emails can ever be recovered.

    [Featured image: via waysandmeansdems video, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies at a February committee hearing]


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    The Laws of Probability.

    Let’s stipulate for now that actually 8 drives (Lerner’s plus seven others) crashed.

    Let us not discuss that the only place the emails were (both sent and received) were each person’s hard drive.

    What is the probability that in all 8 crashes all the emails were totally wiped out on all 8 drives – that there isn’t even one crashed hard drive that could be partially restored?

    No chance.

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