House Armed Services Committee Turns to NSA for Lerner Emails

The House Armed Services Committee is asking the NSA for any of Lois Lerner's email relating to the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. The committee approved a resolution yesterday authored by Steve Stockman.

The panel approved a resolution Wednesday authored by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that directs the Secretary of Defense to send the House of Representatives "copies of any electronic communication in the possession of the Secretary, the Director of the National Security Agency, or any office that reports to the Secretary or the Director that was transmitted to or from any electronic mail account(s) used by former Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner at any time between January 1, 2009, and April 30, 2011."

Last month, the IRS said it was unable to locate many of Lerner's emails because her computer crashed in 2011. 

The IRS said last month that it could not locate many emails sent and received by Lerner - the official at the heart of the controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative groups - because her computer crashed in 2011. They were ultimately able to generate 24,000 emails from 2009 to 2011 by finding message where she had copied other employees.

The resolution hopes that perhaps the NSA - which apparently collected as many as 56,000 emails and other communications from Americans who had no connection to terrorism prior to 2013 - might have picked up some of the lost communications.

Rep. Stockman is also trying to have the House vote to arrest Lerner and put her jail, after she was held in contempt of Congress.