The IRS put out a late Friday news dump announcing that they had a computer crash in 2011.
"A large swath of emails to and from embattled former IRS employee Lois Lerner during the first year of the targeting controversy was lost in a computer hard drive crash, the agency told congressional investigators.
“The IRS has determined that Ms. Lerner’s computer crashed in mid-2011,” reads a background document attached to an IRS letter to Congress’s investigative panels released on Friday."
How convenient. And how preposterous.
This news led to many Tweets many funny in a way that also has the ring of truth.
"The government that just "lost" two years of emails would like to handle your medical records from now on."
"Question for you legal eagles: If a businessman under IRS audit was asked to produce emails, and claims they were lost in a "crash", what happens?"
"This is a good time to reflect on how the IRS will be enforcing Obamacare."
"There are IT guys in small biz all over US who could find them in a morning's work."
And then from Rep Jacob Chaffetz part of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee who said, "IRS Commissioner testified in March Lois Lerner emails were archived." And there's video of the testimony.
This bugs the heck out of me. But, this administration is setting a nice precedent for the next republican president.