The credibility of the IRS has been severely damaged by this new revelation but what is even more concerning is that they waited until early this week to reveal that the emails were lost when it
had been known all along they weren't going to be able to provide these emails.
Although Mr. Koskinen says no emails were lost since the investigation began a look back at the timeline tells us they were aware of the issue in October of 2010 when an employee emailed Lois Lerner out of concern that groups were being targeted for political purposes.
Although a crash could happen accidentally, having the hard-drive recycled was not. If they could find that they were aware of the possibility of an investigation when they decided to recycle the hard-drive that could also be damaging.
Mr. Koskinen says it is unclear how many emails they will be able to recover from the other hard-drives that had crashed.