Aaron Schock: No evidence of "deliberate effort" to destroy IRS hard drives

“We don’t have any deliberate — any information to suggest there was a deliberate effort,” Schock said during an interview Friday with CNN.

The House Ways and Means committee member also said Republicans did not have proof that Lois Lerner, the head of a division that examined tax exempt status for outside political groups, had received orders from the White House or Treasury Department.

Republicans have expressed incredulity at the loss of Lerner’s emails, which were stored on a hard drive that the Internal Revenue Service says failed and was subsequently destroyed. They’ve also suggested that Lerner conspired with the president’s political team to target conservative political groups for extra scrutiny, in a bid to intimidate Tea Party groups ahead of the 2012 presidential election.