"Plot lines in Hollywood are more believable than what we are getting from this White House and the IRS," said Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI), after it was revealed today that the IRS has also "lost" emails of seven high ranking officials, including Lois Lerner.
The Committee has uncovered that the IRS knew of destroyed emails since at least February 2014, nearly three months before newly appointed Commissioner John Koskinen promised the Committee that the IRS would produce all of Lois Lerner's emails.
In a joint statement, Camp and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr. (R-LA) wrote:
"It looks like the American people were lied to and the IRS tried to cover-up the fact it conveniently lost key documents in this investigation. The White House promised full cooperation, the Commissioner promised full access to Lois Lerner emails and now the Agency claims it cannot produce those materials and they've known for months they couldn't do this.
"Even when the IRS does admit something, they are not fully honest with us. Despite their attempt to bury the missing Lerner emails on page 15 of a 27 page letter that arrived late Friday, we now know documents from other central figures, like Nikole Flax, are missing. The fact that Ms. Flax was a frequent visitor to the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building only raises more questions. Who was she visiting at the White House and what were they talking about? Was she updating the White House on the targeting or was she getting orders? These are answers we don't yet have, because - surprise, surprise - a few computers crashed. Plot lines in Hollywood are more believable than what we are getting from this White House and the IRS.
"This entire investigation has been slow-walked by the Administration while they denied any wrongdoing and tried blaming 'low-level' workers in Cincinnati - all of which we have proven to be wrong. This entire case started with the White House and top Democrats in the Senate using the bully pulpit to bully law-abiding Americans because they dared to stand up for their own political beliefs. The only way for Democrats to have any credibility on this issue is to immediately give an independent prosecutor full access and full authority to investigate every angle of this case."