The IRS cover-up is reaching epic levels

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In case you didn’t think the mess at the IRS could get any worse, the Lois Lerner saga is continuing to prove otherwise. A government watchdog is now saying that the IRS erased computer evidence during the Congressional investigation into the IRS, Lerner, and the systemic targeting of tea party groups.

Fox News reports [1]:

J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that IRS employees erased computer backup tapes shortly after officials discovered thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s Tea Party scandal had been lost.

As many as 24,000 emails were lost because 422 backup tapes were “magnetically erased” around March 4, 2014.

Cue the questions. Who erased the emails? Why were they erased? Who knew about it and when did they know it? Of course, officials are quick to point out that there is no evidence the tapes were destroyed on purpose to hide them from investigators, but yeah…we’re not buying that line.

Here’s more:

George said those tapes “likely contained” 2010 and 2011 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has emerged as a central figure in congressional investigations. He said they will “most likely never be recovered.”

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News the evidence was destroyed 10 months after a preservation order for the emails; seven months after a subpoena; and one month after IRS officials realized there were potential problems locating certain emails.

The level of corruption here is astounding – not to mention infuriating. It’s no wonder House Republicans are now considering impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen [2]. We say go ahead. It’s high time someone in the Obama Administration faced some consequences. Let his impeachment serve as a warning to other federal agencies.