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Report: Thousands of Lois Lerner emails recovered

FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. Camp says the emails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

Federal investigators have found about 6,400 emails from disgraced former IRS worker Lois Lerner, and are in the process of getting those emails to Congress.

According to CNN, about 650 emails are from 2010 and 2011, and many of the rest are from 2012. Those are the years when the IRS has admitted to slow-walking requests from conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. Camp says the emails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File Former IRS official Lois Lerner lost thousands of emails related to the IRS targeting scandal, but many of those emails may have just been recovered. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Some of these emails might overlap with what Congress has already received, according to The Hill. But many are likely to be new, as the IRS has said it lost thousands of Lerner's emails because her computer "crashed."

Lerner was put on leave and was forced to retire, and got in more trouble when she refused to testify before Congress about her role in the targeting scandal. Many Republicans demanded that she should be forced to testify, and pressed the Justice Department prosecute her for her failure to testify.

However, earlier this month, Justice said it would not prosecute Lerner.

House Republicans this month passed several IRS reforms, including one that would let groups declare tax-exempt status on their own, and another that would call on the IRS to fire any worker that plays politics with these sorts of requests.

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