As some of you may know, the IRS has recently claimed that it lost some 43,000 emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner due to a hard-drive crash. According to the IRS these emails are emails that were sent to people outside of the IRS, such as the Treasury Dept., the White House, and some Democratic members of Congress. Emails that Lerner sent to other IRS employees are still present. The loss of these emails is controversial because they are the subject of a Congressional investigation into the IRS targeting scandal, and because the IRS is legally obligated to maintain these emails. According to the U.S. Archivist, the IRS "Did not follow the law" because they did not notify the National Archives after they lost the emails.
But here's what I'm wondering: since the emails in question were those sent by Lerner to outside agencies and members of Congress, wouldn't those emails still be present on the computers of the other agencies. If the IRS computer crashed and wiped out their record of Lerner's emails, wouldn't the emails still be on the computers of the recipients of her emails if they're no longer on her computer. For example if she sent an email to an official at the White House, and her computer crashed, wouldn't the White House still have that email.
So really the course of action that Congress should pursue in this investigation is pretty clear: expand the subpoena beyond the IRS. Congress should subpoena the Treasury Dept., the White House, and other agencies that Lerner had sent those emails to, as well as individual members of Congress who were involved. If these other agencies claim to have also lost or deleted those emails, then it is likely that something is afoot.
Do you guys think we will ever get to the bottom of this? Will those emails ever been found? Is it time to appoint a special prosecutor? Perhaps we will have to wait for a subsequent presidential administration before the truth emerges.