Emails Between IRS’ Lerner and Congressional Dems Mysteriously Go Missing

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Perry Mason? Columbo? Sherlock Holmes? Can anyone unravel the mystery of what happened to these emails.

Ms. Lerner ran the division that gave unwarranted scrutiny into tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status. The House has since voted to hold her in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify under oath.

The IRS has told Congress that it has lost some of former employee Lois G. Lerner’s emails, including some covering communications with Democrats in Congress and with other parts of the government, the House’s top tax-law writer said Friday.

The agency blamed a computer crash for the mishap.

Too bad Nixon didn’t record on a computer. He could have blamed a CP/M crash for it.

Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said he was stunned that it took more than a year into the investigation for the IRS to inform Congress that it didn’t have those emails.

I’m stunned that it took the IRS a year to find and delete the emails and then come up with that excuse. It needs better cover up and tech experts.

Any teenager could have deleted the emails and come up with that excuse in an hour.

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries,” Mr. Camp said. “There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.”

I’m sure Holder will get right on that. After he investigates Fast and Furious and Benghazi. Or maybe he’ll just deliver another speech complaining about racism and demanding tranny bathrooms.

My money is on the tranny bathrooms.

In emails that were turned over to Congress, Ms. Lerner describes some of the files lost in the 2011 hard drive crash as “irreplaceable.”

I certainly hope not. A good look at those servers and hard drives might show that they are entirely replaceable.

Mr. Camp said the emails lost were “critical years” from the beginning of the targeting of conservative groups.

Wasn’t that convenient of the computer? It must have been a liberal PC.

According to the agency, employees such as Ms. Lerner have some of their “active” emails stored on the IRS centralized network. The rest they can save in their email archive on their hard drive, but those are lost if the hard drive crashes.

Or if someone takes a magnet to them, then set the drive on fire, pours vinegar on it and dumps it for trash pickup outside their $2.4 million government mansion in Bethesda.

  • CDM

    As you imply, Daniel, there is nothing “mysterious” about it. I expect that, between now and November 2016, a lot of stuff will “accidentally” be shredded, erased, wiped, etc. Of course, the Justice Department will “investigate”, just like they’re still “investigating” Fast and Furious for three years and counting. Of course, the ones doing the “investigating” will be the same civil servants we have in place now.

  • The March Hare

    Yeah! Sure! All the warnings that have been put out about being careful what you email at work because even if you delete it, it doesn’t go away. It is still on the disc and can be recovered, and is on the back-up as well.
    It took this long for them to scrub all the discs and back-ups and over write them again and again.

  • Judahlevi

    Try telling the IRS that all of your receipts for your tax returns were on the hard drive that crashed.

    I am sure they would accept that.

  • SoCalMike

    It isn’t obstruction when the government does it.
    It isn’t fraud when they lie.
    and it isn’t theft when they steal.
    It isn’t counterfeiting when they counterfeit.
    And it isn’t bribery when they take bribes.

    • jb1111

      OH, YES IT IS, SoCal !!!!!
      I HEAR Real Revolution Rising in the Background ……………

  • Pete

    The NSA has copies.

    Hold the trial and throw that conniving witch in jail.

  • Pete

    Taking over a year to say the emails were deleted would make it hard for forensic computer experts to recover them.

    If they are freshly deleted, they obviously are not going to be overwritten dozens or thousand of times. So time works to the Democrat’s advantage in more ways than 1.

  • Sam

    It is the law that all emails have to be backed up unless it does not apply to the Federal government.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_archiving#Regulatory_Compliance

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Exactly. Not just backed up. There are stringent requirements for all of the systems.

  • jb1111

    Investigation getting a little too close for comfort, Oboma ?????

  • kasandra

    Quelle coincidence.

  • gerry

    To our delight,the saga goes on and on,better than fiction.Keep us amused.What a show!

  • Gee

    The government backs up those files on tape DAILY and then archives them. They do exist and the government is lying.

    Just ask the NSA to supply a copy of them – we know they have them

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “The government backs up those files on tape DAILY and then archives them. They do exist and the government is lying.”

      Not just on tapes. It’s extremely rare for government data systems to have even live email archives sitting on a single server. It’s usually replicated dynamically across several servers or even several sites (each with their own servers). And backed up daily.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “The agency blamed a computer crash for the mishap.”

    Government agencies have strict requirements for data management. Losing email temporarily is possible but “losing it” as an excuse for failure to cooperate with an investigation is pointing to even bigger problems with malfeasance.

    This whole “internet thing” was designed to ensure that data could not be disrupted by single points of failure if a given system is set up to ensure that didn’t happen.

    Someone is lying again, or the IRS is run more or less like the VA. Probably both are true.

  • Halo

    “My dog ate my emails, I swear!!!”

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    I hear there’s such a thing as computer forensics. Might Holder dispatch the FBI to retrieve these emails? lol

  • notme123

    hogwash! and the whimps just said, well let’s see how we can pursue enforcing the subpoena. If that was you or me, jail would be the answer, unhesitatingly.

  • rbla

    Nixon was forced from office for a lot less. But then he didn’t have the protective coloration.

  • Webb

    In the photo above, I betcha another part of her is clenched a lot tighter than her right fist.