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Bret Baier On IRS Missing Emails: ‘Anybody Who Is Honest Up On Capitol Hill Would Say That Doesn’t Seem Feasible’ [VIDEO]

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier says the media have under-covered the IRS missing email story and that it doesn’t seem “feasible” that the potentially incriminating emails just disappeared.

Baier made the comments during an extensive interview with The Daily Caller on politics, the media and his new book, “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love.” TheDC will be featuring the rest of the segments from the interview next week.

“I think the scandals in D.C. have really received not a lot of coverage at all,” Baier, who anchors Fox News’ “Special Report,” said when asked what stories he thinks the media have not covered adequately. “I mean, this IRS email situation is really quite something. Lois Lerner missing emails suddenly that were asked for a year ago in an investigation that had just disappeared from 2009 to 2011 to any other agency besides the internal IRS — which means the White House. I think that was maybe picked up by one other network.”

Lerner is the former head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations department, and is at the center of Congress’s investigation into why tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status were given undue scrutiny in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

Last week, the IRS said it could not produce emails she sent to agencies outside the IRS from 2009 to 2011 because of a computer glitch.

Asked whether any of the sources on either side of the aisle he has talked to find it plausible that Lerner’s emails just disappeared — and that it took over a year to respond to a request for the emails — Baier said, “No.”

“Anybody who is honest up on Capitol Hill would say, ‘That doesn’t seem feasible,’” he said.

Check back with TheDC next week to see the rest of the Baier interview.

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