We're told by the IRS that key emails to outside agencies and elected Democrats were destroyed after a hard drive crash on Lois Lerner's computer. But, we're told that internal IRS emails during that time were saved while archives for outside emails were overwritten after six months.
Sound fishy? You can save some, but not all? Wait. It gets fishier. Now we learn that emails for an additional six IRS officials, including many at the top of the IRS Tea Party scandal also disappeared in hard drive failures. To lose the emails of one IRS official might seem like a coincidence. To lose the emails of seven seems like a conspiracy. Especially from an agency that demands tax payers retain seven years worth of records.
Here's how one Twitter fan views this news:
All those IRS employees must be so ANGRY that the emails proving their innocence are GONE!One of the officials whose emails are missing is Nikole Flax, chief of staff to former Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. Flax and Lerner had discussed possible prosecution of Tea Party groups and Lerner is said to have corresponded with the Justice Department on that point as well. Flax also visited the White House more than 30 times. This is exceptional number of White House visits for an IRS official. During 4 years of the Bush Administration the top IRS official visited the White House only once. What were IRS officials and the White House talking about? We don't know but both the White House and the IRS tell us we must believe there was nothing funny going on. Take their word for it.
— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) June 17, 2014
IRS Commish: "“Not a single email has been lost since the start of this investigation."
Taking the Administration's word for it is becoming increasing difficult. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had some words for the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a Capitol Hill hearing Friday. The Commissioner had just told the panel."I don’t think an apology is owed...Not a single email has been lost since the start of this investigation. Every email has been preserved that we have." Except of course for all the emails that would tell us who and what was really going on in the relevant time frame. Rep Ryan reacted: "I don't believe you." Here's Ryan's whole statement as he recounts the misleading and false statements from the IRS:
It won't surprise anyone that the mainstream news media has not covered the lost emails story. The same media that covered NJ Governor Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal wall to wall has ignored this latest chapter in this one of many Obama scandals. No morning or evening news coverage of the lost emails and crashed hard drives. We can only imagine how different the coverage would be if a Republican was in the White House with a similar scandal!
“I’m sitting here, listening to this testimony, I don’t believe it,” Ryan said. “That’s your problem. Nobody believes you. The Internal Revenue Service comes to us a couple years ago and misleads us and tells us no targeting is occurring. Then it said it was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati. Then it said it was also on progressives. All of those things have been proven untrue.”
“This is being misleading again,” Ryan said. “This is a pattern of abuse, a pattern of behavior that is not giving us any confidence that this agency is being impartial. I don’t believe you. This is incredible.”