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White House: IRS made good-faith effort on emails

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June 18, 2014 |

WASHINGTON — Facing a furor from angry Republican lawmakers, the White House said Monday that the Internal Revenue Service engaged in a good faith effort to find lost emails from an IRS official whose division processed applications for tax-exempt status by politically oriented groups.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest called criticism from Republican lawmakers about the missing emails, quote, “far-fetched” and “not particularly believable.” The IRS says the emails to and from the official, Lois Lerner, disappeared when her computer crashed in 2011.

The IRS acknowledged last year that agents improperly scrutinized applications by some conservative groups. Documents have shown some liberal groups were also flagged.

Earnest said the IRS has produced 67,000 emails to and from Lerner. He said the IRS has tried to track down missing e-mails through other sources and those that have been recovered have been provided to Congress.

Earnest said speculation questioning whether the e-mails were actually lost “is indicative of the kinds of conspiracies that are propagated around this story.”

The Associated Press

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  • CD BrooksJune 17, 2014 - 5:48 am

    See? Simple!

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  • LarryJune 17, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Pretty scary when the government uses the IRS to attack groups that are opposed to the party in power. Imagine what they can do when they control peoples health care.

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  • rlw895June 17, 2014 - 8:03 am

    The IRS is going to control people's health care? How does that work?

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 17, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    Mandating benefits and limiting choices.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 17, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    You see, rlw, Obama has appointed the IRS as his enforcement wing for Obamacare. So from that perspective at the very least, the IRS controls our healthcare. I think we can trust them, don't you? Buwahahahahaha! Or are you a slow Lerner? Hahahahaha!

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  • rlw895June 17, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    But "controlling our health care" is a bit of an overstatement, don't you think?

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  • Mr. SmithJune 17, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    Yes it is--especially when the IRS can't even "control" their own email system.

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  • rlw895June 17, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    I'm sensing irrationality again.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 17, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Sleep deprivation.

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  • PatriotJune 17, 2014 - 6:21 am

    This smells like another Nixon event that got him impeached. Now I am smart enough to know that this will not get Obama impeached. He and his group will lie, cover up and continue to say "We just heard about this, we will get to the bottom of this", BS on a regular basis.

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  • rlw895June 17, 2014 - 8:08 am

    Right. There needs to be a John Dean character cast into this drama. Lots of people must know about this conspiracy. Just one credible one has to step forward.

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  • Rudy MadronichJune 17, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Yes CD we see the lie's the delays and after a year of asking for all of the emails, The computers crash and those emails are lost. No one in the IRS backs up their computer or emails. Yes it is simple you choose to blindly follow this president and you choose to defend the undefendable.

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  • CD BrooksJune 17, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Rudy, are you saying Yes CD we see the lie's the delays and after a year of asking for all of the emails, The computers crash and those emails are lost. No one in the IRS backs up their computer or emails. Yes it is simple you choose to blindly follow this president and you choose to defend the undefendable? Is that what you're telling us Rudy?

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  • Rudy MADRONICHJune 17, 2014 - 7:33 am

    CD. You continue to try and fool us with your double talk and spin and answer a question with a question only shows us that you do not have any answer to this or do you want the truth to come out. And just like the good little liberal that you are you blindly follow this president no matter what he or his administration does. The sad thing is we can all see this but you can't.

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  • CD BrooksJune 17, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Rudy, you really ARE paying attention! WHY then, have you not answered my question? This is the 8th time.

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  • PatriotJune 17, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Ok, now subpoena the White House received and sent emails during this time line. Oh, I know there were probably "lost" also. Disgusting!

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  • rlw895June 17, 2014 - 8:01 am

    That's what I was thinking too. I suspect that will be the next step. Then when the White House refuses, the conspiracy theory will build.

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  • DaneilJune 17, 2014 - 6:36 am

    What more does this adminstration have to do for even the hacks to finally admit that we have an adminstration worse than Nixon's?

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  • CD BrooksJune 17, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Daniel, for starters, there has to be substantial evidence that a crime was committed. Would you like to be arrested for a bunch of unproven unreliable comments that were made about you? Uh yeah, probably not! But if you have something by all means, let's hear it!

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  • LarryJune 17, 2014 - 7:09 am

    Although you can't believe everything you read in Wikipedia, they have a fair report of what happened. It is wrong to target law abiding citizens just because they disagree with you. Would you feel the same if Bush were president and the NAACP was audited by the IRS.

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  • tax payerJune 17, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Now if that happened Eric would have gotten busier investigating!

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  • More than one way to get info....June 17, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Well, new reports now say that there are six more computers that went belly up and they can't find the emails. In all my years of repairing and running computers, I've only had one hard drive go bad. On top of that, all emails have been stored and archived. But, since the IRS says they can't recover the data, let's ask the NSA for the data. After all, they've been monitoring and storing emails for years.....

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  • LarryJune 17, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    I am sure that they can find it if it harms their opponents. Look what happened to senator Ryan when he was running against the big O. His legally sealed divorce settlement was opened to the public so we could get this crook in office.

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  • JagJune 17, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    those email`s are out there and can be retrieved,, now here is the shocker,,, If the republicans want to push and get it done, but I don't think they really care, I think they want to win so bad in 2014 they just want to let everything go,,,,

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 5:42 am

    Good point. They may benefit politically more by making accusations and not really trying to get answers.

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