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WASHINGTON — Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the IRS’s treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.
Frederick Hill, spokesman for Republicans who run the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigators told congressional staff at a briefing Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner.
“They didn’t indicate any doubt that they’ll be able to recover emails,” Hill said.
A statement from Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee was more measured. It said the investigators have recovered data “which may include emails to and/or from Lois Lerner which could be material to the investigation.”
The Senate Finance statement did not specify a figure.
Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax exempt status. She told a congressional committee that she’d done nothing wrong and refused to answer lawmakers’ questions, citing her constitutional protection against self-incrimination, and has since retired.
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