Issa: IRS Cover-Up A ‘Mathematical’ Near-Certainty

The chances of 20 hard drives all failing accidently at the same time would be like me winning powerball, mega millions, and the Presidency all on the same day.
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Republican investigators say the evidence now shows it is now a mathematical near-certainty that the IRS has been engaged in a cover-up.

At the opening of a hearing into the IRS scandal Wednesday morning, House Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, expressed exasperation that the IRS story has gone from reporting the crash of just Lois Lerner’s hard-drive, to seven or eight hard drive crashes, to now, as many as 20 crashes of hard drives belonging to IRS personnel under investigation.

Calling it “unbelievable,” Jordan noted the committee has now learned that almost a fourth of the IRS people under investigation may have had hard crashes.

Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif, said it was now clear that there was a “convenient loss of data by far more people than is explained by the relevant math formulas.”

Under questioning by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Koskinen said he was told the industry average for hard drive crashes is 2-to-5 percent.

Meadows asked if it would be an anomaly if just the 7 previously reported hard drive crashes had occurred, and the commissioner was compelled to agree that, yes, it would.



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