According to Politico, IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane privately testified last Thursday before House Oversight that he is now unsure whether all of the backup tapes of the Lerner emails have been recycled. Kane is the lawdog charged with overseeing IRS’ document production in response to Congressional inquiry. Following testimony from Kane himself and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen the backup tapes were recycled on 6 month intervals by recording over them, new information has allegedly come to light. According to the transcript released by committee Republicans, Kane said:
“There is an issue as to whether or not there is a — that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the six-month retention schedule,” he said.
When asked whether some of those email backup tapes may still exist, he answered: “I don’t know whether they are or they aren’t, but it’s an issue that’s being looked at.”
Politico further informs me IRS has not responded to a request for comment, and that Commissioner Koskinen can anticipate questions along these lines as he is scheduled to testify before the committee (again) on Wednesday. Ranking Member Elijah Cummings was rabidly frothing at the mouth about calling Koskinen again as the representative apparently views answering Congress’ questions a waste of time for an administration department head.
Steve Stockman introduced a resolution to jail Lois Lerner for contempt until she talks 10 days ago or so. Perhaps the logjam is beginning to break.