Atop that, some technology experts are raising questions about a new court-ordered IRS account of what happened to Lerner’s hard drive because it does not include typical documented proof of device destruction.

“Where is the paper trail?” asked Barbara Rembiesa, the head of the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, a nonpartisan trade group of IT professionals. “There is a certification of destruction any time a piece of equipment is sent to a disposal company. … Where is that?”

The IRS would not comment on whether such documents exist.