House Oversight Committee: Louis Lerner used personal email for IRS business

Members demand Lerner turn over emails

CINCINNATI – House Oversight Committee members want Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to turn over emails sent from her personal account.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan sent a letter to Lerner Tuesday demanding the emails they say may provide more information about the IRS’s scrutiny of groups based on their political leanings.

Lerner was in charge of the IRS unit that dealt with those tax-exempt organizations.

“Through the course of the investigation, we have learned that you sent documents related to your official duties from your official IRS email account to an msn.com email account labeled ‘Lois Home,’” the letter sent to Lerner states. “This raises some serious questions concerning your use of a non-official email account to conduct official business.”

The letter claims Lerner’s personal email account usage “frustrates congressional oversight obligations.”

“[T]he use of non-official email accounts to conduct official business implicates federal records requirements,” the letter reads. “It also creates difficulties in fulfilling the IRS’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act and other litigation requests.”

The letter requests all documents and communications housed in Lerner’s msn.com account or any other non-official account that reference her official IRS duties by Aug. 27, 2013.

Lerner is currently on administrative leave from the IRS. She used her Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions about the treatment given to Tea Party applicants for tax exempt status.

You can read the complete letter here: http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2013-08-13-DEI-Jordan-to-Lerner-re-personal-emails.pdf

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