Investigators for a House committee learned yesterday that ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner’s hard drive was merely ‘scratched’ and data was not ‘unrecoverable,’ as previously claimed by the IRS.
The House Ways and Means Committee also said it is now uncertain as to whether Lerner’s hard drive was actually recycled, per previous IRS testimony, or ‘shredded’ as a court filing states, after reviewing the agency’s IT logs, which list the hard drive at one point as having been ‘recovered.’
‘It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,’ Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said in a statement on Tuesday.
Ways and Means investigators made the discoveries after talking with IT professionals at the government agency who the committee claims were not previously made available for interviews.
In the course of its probe into the IRS’ targeting of conservative organizations, the committee says, it also ascertained that IT employees who worked on Lerner’s hard drive recommended that it be reviewed by outside experts but the government agency declined to take their advice.