More of the lost Lois Lerner emails were found

So, about those “missing” IRS emails… Turns out it depends on what the meaning of “missing” is.

According to news reports on Wednesday, a Treasury Department watchdog was able to recover 6,400 of Lois Lerner’s lost emails. To recap: Lerner was in charge of the IRS’ tax-exempt division when it targeted tea party groups for pure political reasons.

She then pled the Fifth during a Congressional hearing, retired with dignity and a nice pension, and with the IRS backing her up, told lawmakers all her emails were lost during a computer crash. And not just lost – permanently lost.

Turns out that wasn’t quite true. As reported in Fox News [1]:

The Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration announced overnight that it had recovered roughly 6,400 Lerner emails that Congress has yet to see and that it will  examine them as part of Congress’ bipartisan investigation that also includes the Senate Finance Committee.

Roughly 650 of the recovered emails are from 2010 and 2011, while most of them are from 2012.

During those three years, Lerner led the IRS division that targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

In response to the uncovered emails, the IRS released a statement calling it “an encouraging development that will help resolve remaining questions and dispel uncertainty surrounding the emails.”

It’s unfortunate that it’s had to take this long for Lerner’s emails to be made available. At this point, the only thing left to getting to the truth is for the emails – all of them – to be handed over to Congressional investigators. Americans still deserve answers. Lerner and the IRS may not think we do, but that’s not really up to them…is it?