Chad’s Morning Brief: The IRS May Still Have Lois Lerner’s Emails Backed-Up Though They Did Lose Other Emails, Rick Perry Unveils Border Plan, and Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 22, 2014. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.
The Washington Examiner is reporting that the IRS could still have Lois Lerner's emails backed-up somewhere. They just aren't real sure. The IRS does know however that they lost other people's emails.
New testimony from a key Internal Revenue Service official indicates the IRS may not have lost two years of emails sent by former top IRS official Lois Lerner after all.
That is what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee suggested Monday morning in a newly released transcript of a recent closed-door interview with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane.
Kane is responsible for producing documents requested by Congress that are related to a a probe into the IRS past practice of targeting conservative groups.
Kane met with House investigators after Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued a subpoena.
Kane told Oversight staffers last week that the backup tapes that held two years of lost Lerner emails may actually still exist.
If true, it would contradict claims made by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who told Congress last month Lerner's emails to outside agencies sent between 2009 and 2011 were lost when Lerner's hard drive crashed and was destroyed and back up tapes were overwritten after six months.
At the time the emails were lost, Lerner was head of the IRS tax exempt division and House investigators believe she holds the key to establishing whether higher ranking administration officials were involved in the targeting.
Here is is the key part of the transcript between Kane and House Oversight investigators:
Kane: There is an issue as to whether or not there is a — that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the 6-month retention schedule.
Investigator: So some of those backup tapes may still exist?
Kane: I don't know whether they are or they aren't, but it's an issue that's being looked at.
The transcript also revealed that, according to Kane, additional IRS officials related to the targeting of conservative groups suffered computer crashes that destroyed emails that investigators are seeking.
If I was placing a bet, I'd still bet that the emails are lost. I'm sure the IRS will be fine with the excuse of lost receipts if they audit you, right?
Perry's Border Plan
Texas Governor Rick Perry is sending 1,000 National Guard soldiers to the border to deal with the ongoing crisis. According to FOX News the move is intended to combat criminals.
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.
Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis -- and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 -- said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.
He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.
The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month. Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said his troops would simply be "referring and deterring" immigrants and not detaining people -- though Nichols said the National Guard could if asked.
"We think they'll come to us and say, `Please take us to a Border Patrol station," Nichols said.
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