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  • Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has a rare light moment as his panel questions Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen in the probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for scrutiny. (Associated Press)

    GOP airs 'credibility problem' with IRS

    The head of the IRS brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility.


  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS. The IRS asserts it can't produce emails from seven officials connected to the tea party investigation because of computer crashes, including the emails from Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the investigation who has invoked her Fifth Amendment right at least nine times to avoid answering lawmakers' questions.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    IRS commish: No apologies for losing Lerner emails

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Friday that he doesn't owe any apology for the agency losing Lois G. Lerner's emails — or for waiting so long to inform investigators about the loss.


  • HUMPHRIES: Liberal Bully of the Week

    With shock and sadness, the Internal Revenue Service announced that the emails of Lois Lerner from 2009 to 2011 were lost in a computer "hard drive crash" in early summer 2011.


  • FILE - This May 22, 2013 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. The IRS says it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. The IRS told congressional investigators Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year. Lerner headed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS acknowledged last year that agents had improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups. The IRS was able to generate 24,000 Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011 because Lerner had copied in other IRS employees. But an untold number are gone. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    CHAREN: When a scandal is not a scandal

    President Obama has flouted the law again and again.


  • **FILE** Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014. (Associated Press)

    ISTOOK: Quit wasting time — The House should arrest Lois Lerner until she testifies

    Nobody should hesitate to throw the book at former IRS official Lois Lerner.


  • HUMPHRIES: The liberal bully of the week Is ... Obama's gremlins

    With shock and sadness, the IRS announced that the emails of Lois Lerner — the IRS official sacrificed by the Obama administration as the only possible source for the "accidental" IRS attacks on Tea Party and other right leaning groups — from 2009 to 2011 were lost in a computer "hard drive crash" in early summer 2011.


  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Crashed-server claim fails smell test

    The Internal Revenue Service is informing Congress that the computer hard drives of seven employees all crashed during the critical period leading up to the breaking of the conservative-group-targeting scandal ("GOP: IRS lost emails go beyond Lerner," Web, June 17). In this claimed crash, decisive emails were supposedly lost from the server where they were stored and forensic techniques for recovering data from all hard drives were said to have failed.


  • House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, said it should not have taken a year for the IRS to tell Congress that it didn't have all of former employee Lois G. Lerner's emails. "The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS's response to to congressional inquiriers," he said. (Associated Press)

    GOP: IRS lost emails go beyond Lerner

    Two top Republicans said Tuesday that in addition to Lois G. Lerner's emails, the IRS appears to also have lost records from six other agency employees involved in the tea party targeting scandal.


  • ** FILE ** In this May 22, 2013, file photo, then Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Lois Lerner on IRS hard drive crash: 'Sometimes stuff just happens'

    Lois G. Lerner, the employee at the center of the IRS tea party targeting scandal, wanted to recover files from her computer hard drive after it crashed in 2011, but when told it was impossible, she took a philosophical view.


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