The Internal Revenue Service says it continues to look after the best interests of the American taxpayer, claiming that over 6,000 emails from former IRS official, Lois Lerner, cannot be released until properly reviewed to make sure they are not duplicates of previously released emails. The IRS says it “doesn’t want to waste anyone’s time.”

At issue is the fact that the Inspector General’s office has already reviewed the emails and removed duplicate documents, which exposes the claims of the IRS lawyers as yet another stalling technique. The IRS claims it will need time to check for duplicates.

Department of Justice lawyers admitted in a U.S. District Court filing that they received Lerner’s emails from the Inspector General for the Treasury Department on April 23, 2015, but claim that after certain of the documents were found to be partially or entirely unreadable, the Treasury IG made another delivery of readable emails on May 8 and June 1, 2015.

Lerner, who headed up the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, was alleged to have targeted conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election. The delaying tactics led to Congressional hearings on Lerner’s role in what is supposed to be a non-partisan position.

The requests for the emails in the case, Judicial Watch v. IRS, go back two-years and were the subject of intense questioning of Lois Lerner, then-chief of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, by Congressional committees at which Lerner claimed that all her emails were “lost.”

The 6,000-plus emails were recovered forensically when back-up tapes of Lerner’s “lost” emails were located at a data storage facility in West Virginia.

Lerner was placed on administrative leave and retired from the IRS in 2013. She was held to be in contempt of Congress in 2014, but the Obama administration’s Department of Justice under Eric Holder, decided not to file criminal charges against the former official.

Lerner’s claim of “lost” emails is eerily similar to Hillary Clinton’s current assertion that thousands of her emails from her stint as Secretary of State were also lost after they became the subject of Congressional inquiry.

h/t: Daily Caller

 

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