The latest email released from Lois Lerner could be the one that puts her behind bars if congressional Republicans decide to pursue the issue. It was sent just as the Tea Party scandal was starting to erupt and warns her colleagues to “be cautious” about what they say in their emails because Congress may just have a look at them.
According to the Washington Times, the email reads: “I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress ask asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails,” and was dated April 9. 2013.
The email came less than two weeks after the internal auditor at the IRS shared a draft report that accused the agency of targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups. Nearly a year after the House Oversight Committee requested Lerner’s emails, this was turned over.
Now Republicans are saying that the email proves Lerner’s intent to hide discussions from lawmakers because she was aware that Congress was investigating her and the agency.
The email comes after two years of other emails were reportedly “lost” by the agency and her old hard drive “recycled,” causing the head of the National Archives to testify to Congress that the IRS likely broke the law by not taking more care to store Lerner’s emails.
However Lerner’s lawyer, William T. Taylor, said that Lerner didn’t know she was required to save or print out emails considered public record. On Wednesday he released a statement calling the lost emails a “misunderstanding.”
“During her tenure as director of Exempt Organizations, she did print out some emails, although not every one of the thousands she sent and received,” Mr. Taylor said.