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July 17, 2014

Justice Dept. Investigating IRS Loss of Lois Lerner Emails

The Justice Department is looking into Internal Revenue Service's loss of two years of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner's email correspondence, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal report.

In prepared testimony to be given Thursday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Deputy Attorney General James Cole disclosed that Justice's criminal inquiry into alleged IRS targeting of tea-party groups "includes investigating the circumstances of the lost e-mails from Ms. Lerner's computer."

Ms. Lerner, former head of the IRS nonprofits unit, is the central figure in congressional investigations of the tax agency's handling of conservative organizations seeking nonprofit status. The IRS disclosed last month that a crash of her computer's hard drive in 2011 destroyed some of her emails. House Republicans accuse the agency of covering up information related to the tea-party affair.