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Hurt Questions Treasury Secretary about Lost IRS Hard Drives

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Republican Virginia Congressman Robert Hurt put the U.S. treasury secretary in the hot seat during a financial services committee oversight hearing regarding accountability for an IRS scandal.

Congressional Republicans are furious the IRS failed to tell them until last week about computer hard drives that crashed in 2011 and are now gone for good. Those hard drives contained two years’ worth of emails that belonged to former IRS Executive Lois Lerner, who has refused to cooperate with investigations into the IRS' improper handling of conservative groups. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he and his agency are being proactive about the investigation.

Fifth District Representative Robert Hurt (R) said, "I guess what I would love to hear as a member of Congress who has constituents worked up about this, I would love to know that the secretary of the treasury is exercising everything to make sure the IRS is doing that and it doesn't sound like you've taken any role whatsoever and that concerns me."

The IRS head claims the agency has turned over thousands of documents and emails and insists there's no cover-up.

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