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Stockman asks NSA for Lois Lerner metadata after IRS claims ‘glitch’ erased all incriminating emails

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June 14, 2014

WASHINGTON - Congressman Steve Stockman Friday asked the National Security Agency to turn over all its metadata on the email accounts of former Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations division director Lois Lerner for the period between January 2009 and April 2011. The request comes just hours after the IRS claimed it "lost" all of Lerner's emails to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups during that period, in which she allegedly coordinated with the White House, House Democrats and political groups to harass and deny tax-exempt status to groups critical of the President.  The IRS blames a "computer glitch" for erasing the emails which could have implicated Agency employees in illegal activity. "I have asked NSA Director Rogers to send me all metadata his agency has collected on Lois Lerner's email accounts for the period which the House sought records," said Stockman. "The metadata will establish who Lerner contacted and when, which helps investigators determine the extent of illegal activity by the IRS." "The claim incriminating communications were erased by a glitch conjures memories of Rose Mary Woods," said Stockman.  "Barack Obama has brought us Jimmy Carter's economy and Richard Nixon's excuses." The text of the letter follows: June 13, 2014 Admiral Michael S. Rogers Director, National Security Agency Fort Meade, MD 20755 Admiral Rogers: First, thank you for your 33 years of, and continued service to, our country. Second, as you probably read, the Internal Revenue Service informed the House Ways and Means Committee today they claim to "lost" all emails from former Exempt Organizations division director Lois Lerner for the period between January 2009 and April 2011. According to chairman Camp, "The IRS claims it cannot produce emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices" due to a "computer glitch." I am writing to request the Agency produce all metadata it has collected on all of Ms. Lerner's email accounts for the period between January 2009 and April 2011. The data may be transmitted to our Communications Director at Donny@mail.house.gov. Your prompt cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated and will help establish how IRS and other personnel violated rights protected by the First Amendment. Warmest wishes, STEVE STOCKMAN Member of Congress -30-

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