Obama's office claims it got no emails from Lerner
WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday said it had found no emails between any person in the executive office of the president and a top Internal Revenue Service official who has been connected to the improper scrutiny of political groups.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the White House searched for all communications between the former IRS official, Lois Lerner, and executive office personnel. “We found zero emails,” he said.
He said the search discovered three emails in which a third party emailed both Lerner and executive office staff. He said one was spam and two others were from a person seeking tax assistance. Carney said those emails have been provided to congressional investigators.
The investigation is looking into why the IRS targeted political groups, particularly conservative ones, that sought tax exempt status. Republicans in Congress have been trying to find out whether anyone outside the IRS directed the targeting.
The IRS said last week it had lost an untold number of emails when Lerner's computer crashed in 2011. Lerner formerly headed the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. On Tuesday, two key lawmakers said the IRS has lost emails from six additional IRS workers whose computers crashed.
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