No one buying claim that Lois Lerner’s IRS emails were lost

posted at 1:21 pm on June 16, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Last Friday afternoon, the Internal Revenue Service claimed that Lois Lerner, a former executive tasked with overseeing tax-exemption applications, lost thousands of emails after her computer crashed. Many of those emails, the tax collection agency claimed, could not be recovered.

This convenient excuse for failing to comply with a request from House investigators is not sitting well with some in the journalistic community.

“Do you believe in the Easter Bunny?” CNN’s John King asked his panel of political reporters on Monday. “Do you believe in Santa Claus? Do you believe that Lois Lerner’s emails suddenly went ‘poof?’”

King added that he agreed with Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) who said that it was “unacceptable” that this information was just coming to light now, over a year after the investigation into allegations that the IRS targeted conservative political groups with undue scrutiny began.

“Waiting a year to tell the Congress makes me suspicious,” King said.

“It’s hard to believe in this era, where you have servers, and backup servers, and all kinds of technology that can recover all kinds of emails, that these emails simply don’t exist,” Associated Press reporter Julie Pace agreed. “If that is true, and they don’t exist, why wasn’t that one of the first things that was told to Congress?”

“I’m not sure what’s with this administration and computer problems, but it seems to be happening time and again,” Politico’s Manu Raju concurred.

It seems that even those predisposed to extend federal officials the benefit of the doubt are not accepting the claim that Lerner’s emails simply disappeared into thin air at face value.

In a sardonic segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough ruthlessly mocked the notion that a hardware crash could eliminate files stored on remote servers.

“Mika, even you have to admit this is pretty ridiculous,” Scarborough probed.

“Pretty ridiculous,” Brzezinski replied. “Those emails exist.”

Perhaps made uncomfortable by the implications surrounding this admission, Brzezinski quickly changed topics. It would, however, be shameful if the American political press did the same. The concession from these prominent political reporters and commentators serves as a mandate to pursue the story surrounding the IRS scandal with renewed vigor.

And those who are scratching the surface of this story are unsettled by what they are finding. In March, as Townhall’s Guy Benson noted on Monday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before Congress that all the relevant email communications are “stored somewhere” on severs.

This development in a controversy which President Barack Obama called a “phony scandal” at an agency were he insisted there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption” provides reporters with the clearest indication yet that the president was either not being truthful or had been misled.

So, which is it?


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Americans no longer believe that the dog ate them?

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Just another “in your face” lie from our third world administration.

rjh on June 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Who needs to worry about a 1/2 minute erasure of an audio tape when you can just delete 2 years of all records?

If only Nixon had been as incompetent at record storage as this group.

acyl72 on June 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM

But thanks to an extremely weak congress, nothing will be done. Politicizing the IRS has been a liberal goal for a long time, and now they’ve succeeded, thanks to politicians like Boehner.

RoadRunner on June 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM

This convenient excuse for failing to comply with a request from House investigators is not sitting well with some in the journalistic community.

Hey Journos, here is your tardy slip, it reads “6 years late”…

hillsoftx on June 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Obama makes Nixon look like a full blown SAINT.

I really wish we could have a REAL opposition party in this country again. Oh well, if we ever get another (R) President, the GOP can take lessons from the Dims on how to be a REAL opposition.

Meople on June 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

’18 1/2 minutes? Nixon was a incompetent, bungling piker!’

- The Obama Administration

Resist We Much on June 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

And yet, the GOPe will do nothing about it. Nothing will happen. No one will be punished. Nothing will change.

Wino on June 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The guy who spent the weekend in a gay house in Palm Springs, two golf rounds, one fundraising, one b/s session to students…while thousands of heads are literally cut off in Iraq and children are traded at the Southern border, for prostitution…and slave-labor and terrorism slip through the same border.

Yes, this is the US’ CiC.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

There’s a work-around solution to this, of course.

We can simply have Ms. Lerner testify to Congress about what she remembers about the e-mails.

That’ll solve it.

What’s that, you say? She refuses to testify?

Oh, never mind.

What difference does it make, anyway?

SteveMG on June 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Eric Holder will not approve a Special Prosecutor for this. So why are we going on about it?

What next?

faraway on June 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Just another “in your face” lie from our third world administration.

rjh on June 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

This.

He’s putting this out there and DARING someone to call him out on it. DARING us to call him a liar so he can play the Race Card again.

Time to put pressure on democrats by asking them very loudly why they continue to support this behavior by anyone in their party.

CurtZHP on June 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Hey, the IRS is in charge of enforcing ObamaCare. Chew on that for a minute.

BigGator5 on June 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

They’d have us believe mass storage devices were just invented last year and are still in beta-testing mode.

LashRambo on June 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

And here is the media making lame quips and changing the subject. They should be outraged. But they aren’t because they honestly don’t give a crap. Its Obama. Hes one of them. And he can do whatever he wants.

Jack_Burton on June 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Not to worry – Darrell Issa is all over this.

worldtvlr on June 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Surprised that Mika actually reported this gem. …not surprised she switched topics

cmsinaz on June 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Not a smidgen of emails.

Sven on June 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

“The president ate the dog that ate my homework.”

Wino on June 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Obama Dares Graduates to Reject Cynical Voices

Does anyone believe one word from this charlatan and his flacks?

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

So, which is it?

Caught red handed and doing everything they can to hide the truth. They are criminals.

rubberneck on June 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Have they tried Sandy Berger’s pants?

cbenoistd on June 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

His approval rating is lower than “chimpey’s” and he is Nixon on steroids. Nixon at least loved his country and her citizens.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

And as we are all forced in to ObamaGlitch, the IRS will no doubt be doling out full subsidies to anyone that’s registered (D), all while those registered as (R) or found to have sympathized or supported the Tea Party will get NO subsidy at all.

Get ready for it, it’s coming.

Meople on June 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

You’re obviously all a bunch of CYNICS.

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Of course he was misled….. Obama didn’t find out about the lost e-mails until he read it in the papers.

Sarge

AFSarge on June 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Can’t build a website, can’t stop a few terrorists from their shock and awe takeover of Iraq, can’t negotiate a better deal for a deserters return and can’t back up a few emails from a major player in the enforcement arm of the govt., and they want us to believe they can save us from agw. Bet they’re having a good laugh in the oval office about how stupid we are.

Kissmygrits on June 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Have they tried Sandy Berger’s pants?

cbenoistd on June 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

.
Damn … I’d forgotten about him.

Kudos !

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I think we have crossed the point where it is a little more than a “smidgen of corruption”

ConservativePartyNow on June 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I’m sure the LSM will be all over this. “Look! Squirrel!!”

RoadRunner on June 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Nice linky rwm

cmsinaz on June 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

No one buying claim that Lois Lerner’s IRS emails were lost

But this lame claim by Barky and his junta is nothing new. Years ago the State Department claimed that Barky’s skank mom’s passport information just happened to have been lost in a fire.

Oops! Obama mama passport ‘destroyed’
State Department claims records gone for Stanley Ann Dunham prior to 1968

No one seemed to care about that obvious, and intellectually offensive, lie so why is anyone surprised that ran this scam again??

There are so many orange jumpsuits waiting for bodies to fill them … So many …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Bet they’re having a good laugh in the oval office about how stupid we are and how weak Congress is.

Kissmygrits on June 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Completed the quote for you.

RoadRunner on June 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Can’t build a website, can’t stop a few terrorists from their shock and awe takeover of Iraq, can’t negotiate a better deal for a deserters return and can’t back up a few emails from a major player in the enforcement arm of the govt., and they want us to believe they can save us from agw. Bet they’re having a good laugh in the oval office about how stupid we are.

Kissmygrits on June 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

.
They only laugh at and about their own voter-base.

They know damn well you and I ain’t buying it.

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Sorry about the “destroyed in a fire” part. I should have cut that out. I think there were other records that they claimed were “sectroyed in a fire” but I can’t remember that one, now.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Next up: “At this point, what does it really matter?!”

MTF on June 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Americans no longer believe that the dog ate them?

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Not only did the dog eat them but then the dog itself was eaten by you know who.

Bishop on June 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM

OT: MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dead at age 54. Very sad day for anybody who saw him play and knew what an infectiously great guy he was.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

DOJ Lawyer: “Government Email Servers Backed Up Every Night” So No Way Would Lerner Emails Be “Accidentally” Lost

Resist We Much on June 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

“But that doesn’t include the ‘Richard Windsor’ type emails. Aha!” — Some America-hating, treasonous mouthpiece for the Indonesian Dog-Eating Retard.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

So, which is it?

As someone once wisely asked…”What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

What are you gonna do about it?

The answer is pretty much nothing. The GOP won’t do a damn thing, the journalists aren’t all that interested even if they have to concede how absurd it is. So what?

If there are no repercussions then they can do whatever they please and that is all there is to it.

sharrukin on June 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

“It’s hard to believe in this era, where you have servers, and backup servers, and all kinds of technology that can recover all kinds of emails, that these emails simply don’t exist,” Associated Press reporter Julie Pace agreed. “If that is true, and they don’t exist, why wasn’t that one of the first things that was told to Congress?”

Can we expect this to be the standard excuse from VA and ObamaCare?

Oh, those damn computers lost your information, please sign-up again for the six-month waiting period—or die quickly!

Rovin on June 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I wonder how this excuse would go over if I was audited…

ladyingray on June 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

“Do you believe in Santa Clause?”

SC is far more believable than anyone in this regime.

dentarthurdent on June 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

It’s clear that the White House and high ranking Senators and Reps provided hit lists to Lerner. Even the MSM suck-ups can’t spin this.

forest on June 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Don’t forget, meanwhile.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Emails go both ways right?

So subpoena the Whitehouse, and the DOJ and the Democratic National committee.

Just do a search in all government data bases for anything having to do with Lois Lerner. She sent and received emails from someone somewhere.

Heck what is the NSA for? They have it all… do a search of that mess of information.

Turn the snooping back on the government. Make them the target of the NSA data collections.

petunia on June 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Of course Democrats on the oversight committee will cover for the IRS. Frankly some people apparently need to go to jail.

SC.Charlie on June 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

The best part was the gov’t’s letter “now that we lost Lois’ e-mails it’s time that you wrap up the investigation”.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Filthy greasy liars, in service of a filthy, greasy, lying Thug-in-Chief…

JohnGalt23 on June 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

It’s OK…

… Obama’s black, or something.

Seven Percent Solution on June 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The best part was the gov’t’s letter “now that we lost Lois’ e-mails it’s time that you wrap up the investigation”.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

LOL! Did they really say something like that?

DinaRehn on June 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Don’t forget, meanwhile.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Hmmmm, that, MS-13 gang members crossing the border to bring their own special kind of havoc, adding to the border chaos in general along with all the kids being flown in, Iraq going down in flames, so much else.

The question is, will we survive this summer?

hawkeye54 on June 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

A miraculously manufactured smidgen.

That Obama, he’s a real prophet.

fogw on June 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Unbelievable.

I see up there that the only people many of you criticize are Republicans!

Good grief! Do you think they have power? They are doing the only thing they can do with what little bit of power they have left after you turned against them!!!

If you are going to Purify the Republican party and take them out of power, you can’t turn around and complain that they don’t have any power to prevent Democrats for abusing the power that YOU GAVE TO THE DEMOCRATS with your purge!!!

Did you stop to consider what would happen when you abandoned the Republican Party and refused to vote for them?

Did you realize that is the SAME as VOTING FOR Democrats?

They are the only ones standing between us and totalitarianism, and you bash them for being out of power, but not the totalitarians who are abusing the power you gave them!

petunia on June 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

“Not even a smidgeon of corruption”

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

petunia on June 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

But the NSA, itself, said that it can’t stop itself from deleting evidence it held that could be used against it!!

The National Security Agency is making an ironic excuse for why it can’t stop deleting data evidence that could be used against it, despite receiving multiple court orders to stop – it doesn’t know how.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

They’d have us believe mass storage devices were just invented last year and are still in beta-testing mode.

LashRambo on June 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Well, it is coming from the same administration that can’t build a website.

CJ on June 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

“not even a smidgeon smidgen of corruption”

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Filthy greasy liars, in service of a filthy, greasy, lying Thug-in-Chief…

JohnGalt23 on June 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Who are doing a swell job, unimpeded for the most part in achieving their goals in spite of the intense CONgressional chastising and bloviating they have been forced to endure.

hawkeye54 on June 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

‘Pres. Obama, really?’ Martha MacCallum isn’t buying what he’s selling (because he’s a liar)
Delusional much, buddy?
Fox News’ Martha MacCallum took to Twitter to take the president to task with a simple question.

martha maccallum @marthamaccallum
The world is less violent than it has ever been before: Pres. Obama Really?

Caddy Wompass @caddywompass
@marthamaccallum Meanwhile, back on Planet Barack Obama…unicorns frolic in candy meadows

Caddy Wompass @caddywompass
@marthamaccallum I continue to be amazed when a liar’s pants don’t actually catch on fire.

http://twitchy.com/2014/06/16/pres-obama-really-martha-maccallum-isnt-buying-what-hes-selling-because-hes-a-liar/

DinaRehn on June 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Imagine scenario 1. All the Obama scandals come to light before 2016, sufficient evidence is brought to light to indict and convict those who did wrong. Unless revelations come out in the next 4 months or so, they aren’t likely to impact 2014 elections. But they could impact 2016 elections, including gaining the presidency and holding the senate for the GOP (lots of assumptions in that statement).

Imagine scenario 2. The Obama scandals come to light after 2016. Obviously no impact on 2014 or 2016 elections, though they might impact 2018 and 2020.

In scenario 1, Obama will issue a pardon for anyone indicted. The only benefit to the nation is that the revelations could impact 2016 elections.

In scenario 2, those convicted will do time. How high up they go will depend on the evidence uncovered, but lowly IT techs who helped hide emails up to Holder will face time. But even there, Obama can issue a blanket pardon for anyone in his administration (no doubt citing the need for civility in politics).

The impact of the pardons in 2018/2020 will likely be the same. The MSM will downplay the scandals and the pardons and concentrate on real or imagined failures in the GOP. The impact on 2014 through 2020 elections will be minimized by the MSM handling of the issues.

In short, Obama’s “dog ate the homework” excuse is one he is likely to get away with unless something happens in the MSM equation. There is already enough that has come out otherwise that if the MSM was neutral, the dems would be sunk.

The funny thing is though that the more you push a naturally buoyant body (like the truth) under water, the higher it will come out of the water when that force is removed. Thus while the MSM tilt will continue to help the dems in the short term, in the long term it will make the backlash against them greater.

yetanotherjohn on June 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

It’s time to impeach. It doesn’t even matter that the Senate is guaranteed to block it. Get them on record trying to cover up for Obama, and see if they want to protect him badly enough to sacrifice their cushy Senate jobs.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The best part was the gov’t’s letter “now that we lost Lois’ e-mails it’s time that you wrap up the investigation”.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

LOL! Did they really say something like that?

DinaRehn on June 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Why not. Does it really matter, considering that nothing substantial will be done in terms of true justice and punishment.

We are being overwhelmed.

hawkeye54 on June 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM

… can’t back up a few emails from a major player in the enforcement arm of the govt …

Kissmygrits on June 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

You shouldn’t even dignify their statement with the assumption that it might be true.

It isn’t.

This is, plain and simple, a complete and utter lie.

Contempt is all that this explanation merits.

PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Cummings is outraged in 5….4….3…

Nah…it’s Issa’s fault
/

cmsinaz on June 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

This is absurd. I’m supposed to believe that the IRS has less e-mail security and e-mail integrity than my home-based business? Yeah, right.

The IRS is simply lying. It’s a stupid lie put forward by people who have scant knowledge of computers and networks and how they operate. They think they can say, “hey, my computer crashed, sorry can’t help you.”

Heck, even if it were true that the only place those e-mails had been stored was on Lerner’s PC (which it wasn’t), any decent computer shop in town can recover crashed HD’s w/out too much effort. I know, I’ve had to do have it done on several occasions over the last few years. So I’m supposed to believe that the HD was so horrible damaged that the e-mails could not be recovered?

Please …

And that’s just my local PC shop. If the the HD was really damaged, there are higher-end companies that can work through the HD byte-by-byte and recover a lot of data. Text data from e-mails is not a huge problem.

So, no. They are lying and they’re lying because they’re ignorant about computers. It’s such a stupid lie, it’s hard to dignify it by discussing it as if it were true.

PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

+1yetanotherjohn

cmsinaz on June 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Everybody has the questions…the only question that is really important is….

How soon is congress going to move on this?

If it’s weeks, great…month’s not good, years “What difference does it make?”

right2bright on June 16, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Give the NSA one week to find Lois Learner’s emails. If the don’t do it, defund them

FREEDOM4906 on June 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

They are lying and they’re lying because they’re ignorant about computers. It’s such a stupid lie, it’s hard to dignify it by discussing it as if it were true.

PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

They are lying because they can. They don’t care if you believe it or not, because no one is going to do anything about it.

sharrukin on June 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

They are lying because they can. They don’t care if you believe it or not, because no one is going to do anything about it.

sharrukin on June 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I don’t think so. I think this is a lie put forward by people who didn’t realize how absurd it was.

PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

It’s OK…

… Obama’s black, or something. – Seven Percent Solution on June 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

He is half black and half white. Can we at least impeach the white half?

SC.Charlie on June 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

“Why, yes I do believe in the easter bunny.”
Barack Obama

forheremenaremen on June 16, 2014 at 2:09 PM

If you think this country will ever be turned around, then you must believe in Santa Claus, too.

Deckard BR on June 16, 2014 at 2:09 PM

yet that the president was either not being truthful or had been misled.

So, which is it?

We have a president that treats half the population like the sidewalk beneath his feet.

He spits on us.

lynncgb on June 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Boy Oh Boy is he going to be mad when he reads about this in the papers.

wifarmboy on June 16, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Sorry guys, I know many you will disagree with me but this is THE BIGGEST scandal of this administration. I’d be willing to bet that those emails, with confidential information, went to all all sorts of people of a strictly political nature along with other government facilities that have not business having them. Using government entities to go after political foes is huge and if Obama was a Republican he would be gone by now.

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I don’t think so. I think this is a lie put forward by people who didn’t realize how absurd it was.

PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I think sharrukin’s point was that this wasn’t the first time and it wasn’t even the most intellectually offensive, most blatant lie they have ever told – not by miles. Barky’s junta does this because they’ve gotten away with far worse time and time again. They have no fear of anything. The MSM is in Barky’s pocket, even when he has them locked in broom closets and utility sheds. The Crybaby Boner and the cowards in the House GOP never do anything, even given tons of criminal and impeachable acts by Barky and all the America-hating PiecesOS in his junta.

… and they’re all going to get away with this, too.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

that the president was either not being truthful or had been misled.

It’s the former, but they’ll claim the latter while saying (reading from the teleprompter), “We were my-zled.”

MisterElephant on June 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Sorry guys, I know many you will disagree with me but this is THE BIGGEST scandal of this administration.

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Sorry, Cindy, but this isn’t even close to the biggest scandal or the worst crime this Indonesian junta has pulled off. It’s in the Top 30, though. I’ll give you that …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM

so, wot do we do about it? melt the phones of our reps.? make purusing this a litmus test for the new maj. leader? both? others?

ABreitbart on June 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM

I don’t think so. I think this is a lie put forward by people who didn’t realize how absurd it was.

PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

What difference does it make how absurd it is?

No one will hold them to account so they throw off some cheap excuse and that is the end of it.

The absurdity here is expecting the GOP or the media to do their job.

sharrukin on June 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

LOL! Did they really say something like that?

DinaRehn on June 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

House and Ways Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) says that along with providing news of the emails that have been lost, the IRS suggested in the same letter to Congress that it end its investigation.

The late disclosure of the lost emails may be reason to disregard the suggestion.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before Congress that all the relevant email communications are “stored somewhere” on severs.

With all due respect, Noah, “severs” is what this administration does with Truth and Reality; “servers,” on the other hand, are where the *ahem!* lost e-mails should be found…

You’ll thank me for this later–promise! ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The following is from: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/06/st.html

Monday, June 16, 2014
The IRS Scandal, Day 403
By Paul Caron

So how does the New York Times handle this extraordinary loss of two years’ worth of Lois Lerner’s emails? … This will amaze you, I know, but it is true: the New York Times today devotes zero words to the story. Take a look at the front page here: Nothing. … [A]bout the missing emails in one of the most disgusting political scandals in recent times, the deployment of the IRS with its virtually unlimited powers, against political opponents of the administration? Nothing. Nada. Rien.

SC.Charlie on June 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM

The reason I think it is worse is that it is expanding. Look at the John Doe warrants being used in Wisconsin, it is part of a Democrat playbook. Even when they lose in court, they win because they have co-opted all the private information, chased away contributors, and tied them up in court so there can be no loyal opposition. They become the only game in town.

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Dear Leader/Eric Holder/IRS: Prove it!

d1carter on June 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Nothing. Nada. Rien.

SC.Charlie on June 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Shum davar.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

the president was either not being truthful or had been misled.

Why doesn’t the MSM ask the Liar-in-Chief?

Or will he once again say “I read about it in the newspaper.”

GarandFan on June 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

NBC will have on “experts” soon that will confirm that this is entirely possible….and those who don’t believe it, well, are just not educated.

d1carter on June 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Sorry guys, I know many you will disagree with me but this is THE BIGGEST scandal of this administration.

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I don’t if that’s the case, but it may prove it be the easiest one to unravel. At this point the IRS is staking it’s claim on a manifest absurdity. To back it up, it’s going to have to have a lot of IT guys, under oath, state that:

1. The HD crashed
2. The data was completely irretrievable
3. The e-mail was only located on the HD and nowhere else

Beyond that, they’ll have to produce the HD for independent data recovery efforts.

I just don’t see how this kind of lie is sustainable.

It’s like the Nixon tapes. Nixon would have survived Watergate if the conversations had not been recorded and the investigation had resulting in a “he said” vs. “she said” series of claims. Once there is physical evidence of the conversations, you have real problems.

That being said, look for the next lie to be:

“Lerner’s HD has been lost and we cannot supply it to you for study. We’re really sorry.”

PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

So where is the NSA? I thought they were watching everyone and everything except the terrorists? They never seem to know about them… So how you thwart the NSA is just let your PC crash?

JellyToast on June 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

“Lerner’s HD has been lost and we cannot supply it to you for study. We’re really sorry.”
PackerBronco on June 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

You mean that didn’t come out with the original report? o_O

Somebody’s slippin’…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Ummmm…

I’m sure the NSA has several copies ;-)

hoakie on June 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Edited for accuracy:

Perhaps made uncomfortable by the implications surrounding this admission, Brzezinski quickly changed topics. It would, however, WILL be shameful if WHEN the American political press did does the same, and gloss right over this, or if they’re forced to cover it, BLAME BOOOOSH and raaaaaacism!!.

The concession from these prominent political reporters and commentators serves as a mandate to pursue the story surrounding the IRS scandal with renewed vigor, but it wont happen.

Much better.

Sacramento on June 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM

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