Rep. Darrell Issa‘s House committee issued a subpoena for documents covering 28 years of former IRS administrator Lois Lerner’s government service in the ongoing investigation of IRS scrutiny of conservative advocacy groups.
“The destruction of a significant portion of Lois Lerner’s IRS e-mails has necessitated a review of other materials, including her communications at another federal agency,” a spokesman for Issa’s office said Friday.
Last week lawmakers learned that a hard drive from Lerner’s computer failed and was destroyed. However, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen later testified that 67,000 messages to and from Lerner have been collected and made available.
Lerner, who headed the IRS tax-exempt organizations division, resigned last year after the the Treasury Department’s inspector general found those working under her used “inappropriate” criteria to scrutinize certain groups.
At issue before Issa’s Republican-dominated House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is whether the IRS inappropriately challenged the tax-exempt status of conservative advocacy groups, though the liberal Occupy movement was also targeted.
Issa represents coastal San Diego from Del Mar north, plus Vista and San Marcos, as well as large parts of south Orange County.