Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affair Committee this week, and Republican Senator David Vitter grilled Lew on the IRS emails that were reportedly lost after a hard drive crash. Lew insisted there has been no evidence of any wrongdoing and told Vitter that sometimes, hard drive crashes really do just happen.
Vitter grilled Lew about how the IRS took a while to disclose information about the hard drive crashing, and asked him if he honestly believes the crash “was an accident and a coincidence.” Lew disputed much of what Vitter contended about the IRS, saying that there’s “no evidence… of any political involvement” while touting the Obama administration’s actions on “replac[ing] the people” involved in the scandal.
Vitter repeatedly pressed Lew on the broken hard drive, and the Treasury Secretary said that back when the hard drive crashed, there were attempts to “reconstruct it” but it was unrecoverable.
Lew then, presumably getting tired of the same line of questioning, told Vitter, “Sometimes a broken hard drive is just a broken hard drive.”
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