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JUST A CRASH? Attorney claims Lerner tried to retrieve lost emails

The attorney for ex-IRS official Lois Lerner claimed Sunday that his client "did everything she could" to retrieve emails and other files after an apparent computer crash in 2011, though he did not venture an explanation as to why the agency went so far as to destroy her hard drive after the meltdown. 

The comments from William Taylor come as Republicans escalate their probe into how those files disappeared. 

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The IRS stunned GOP lawmakers earlier this month after claiming Lerner's computer failed in 2011, and an untold number of emails from 2009 to 2011 were lost in the process. Republicans want those emails as part of their investigation into Lerner's role in the targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups. 

Taylor, though, claimed Republicans are playing "election-year politics" and looking for a "demon that they can create.

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