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Lerner e-mails likely gone forever, IRS claims, as hard drive was “thrown away”

I still think that the "lost emails" claim is totally bogus. Unless she was using POP3 to access her mail, was only using that single computer, never had backups, never made archives, and had no retention on the server side - or they were intentionally nuked by someone - there would be a way to get those messages.  She could have gone through multiple hard drives and still had those emails sitting on the mail server.  Heck, I've formatted my computer multiple times, never had to restore from backup, and still have never lost an email that I wanted to keep. :

Old and busted: “The dog ate our e-mails.” New hotness: “The dog ate our e-mails, so we put him down.” The IRS announced last night — after a subpoena from House Oversight chair Darrell Issa — that , which means at least for the moment that none of her interagency e-mails can be recovered:

“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.

Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late Wednesday, citing IRS officials.

It may just be standard government procedure, but the revelation is significant because some lawmakers and observers thought there was a way that tech experts could revive Lerner’s emails after they were washed away in a computer crash in the summer of 2011. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), for example, subpoenaed her damaged hard drive earlier this week, when 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.

The latest news suggests such professionals may never get the chance to try again — and the IRS has even said its criminal investigators who specialize in rebuilding hard drives to recover hidden information from criminals were unable to restore the data back in 2011. But this is only likely to further enrage Republicans, who are fuming over the matter and suspect Washington officials drove the selective scrutiny.



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