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Lawmakers Offer $1 Million for IRS Emails

IRS bldgAnyone who can retrieve emails allegedly lost by IRS official Lois Lerner, or provide information leading to the prosecution of anyone involved in destroying the emails, could become a millionaire if a new bill introduced into Congress is adopted into law.

The Blaze is reporting on the Identify and Recover Sent Emails Act, introduced by two Texas Republicans, Reps. Bill Flores and Louie Gohmert, will award $1million to anyone who can recover emails lost by Lois Lerner. The bill also offers $500,000 to anyone with information that can be used to prosecute any officials who were involved in destroying the emails. The reward money will be taken out of the IRS budget.

The bill will also cut all IRS employee salaries by 20 percent until Lerner's emails are produced.

Flores and Gohmert introduced the new bill while the House Ways and Means Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings where IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was questioned about the lost emails.

Even though Koskinen testified that Lerner's hard drive crashed and the emails were irretrievably lost, many lawmakers believe they are still "out there" somewhere and can be found, thus confirming once and for all if the Obama Administration was involved in the deliberate targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.

“I find it very hard to believe that the emails from Lois Lerner are lost and unrecoverable,” Flores said Wednesday. “It is very convenient that the IRS is unable to turn over any of the communications from the central figure responsible for the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups.”

“It seems that each time the IRS has evidence that will either prove with certainty its guilt or innocence, the evidence disappears, which both common sense and the law indicate the evidence such as emails must have proved the IRS’s impropriety if not outright crimes,” Gohmert said. “It is time the IRS either comes clean, or has a special prosecutor to clean it up.”

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