The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George told lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that an investigation into possible criminal activity has been launched. IG is “probing whether there could be criminal activity involving the way IRS handled the lost-then-found emails of ex-official Lois Lerner.” Politico,
“…IG is working with an outside data-recovery expert to examine several methods to capture the emails of the former tax-exempt unit director mired in the tea party scandal. The IRS had said the emails were not recoverable.
In addition, TIGTA learned two weeks ago there were more than 400 additional back-up tapes that IRS did not disclose to the agency for examination when it opened its probe last summer and asked for all the relevant back-ups, said Deputy IG for Investigations Timothy Camus. They believe those could include more Lerner emails from 2011.
“There is potential criminal activity,” Camus said when pressed by Republicans.”