The plot thickens … again:

What the hell are they doing over there?

Yeah. Almost!

Next up:

Just wait.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.



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Sharyl Attkisson has several questions about IRS ‘computer crash,’ lost emails

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Uh huh: IRS Commissioner says they’re ‘not hiding anything’

‘Nefarious conduct’: Rep. Darrell Issa subpoenas IRS Commissioner over ‘lost’ emails

  • jbszeus

    Well of course. Have we learned nothing from the past 5+ years? This guy doesn’t back off… he doubles down. Every time. He’s daring the GOP to impeach him because he knows they won’t (1st black president). He’s playing the hardest of hardball and he’s winning. The nation is losing, but he never cared about the rest of us, anyway.

  • Patriot

    Someone needs to check Sandy Berger’s pants.

    • alanstorm

      You go right ahead – not going near that one.

      • Ethanery

        Patriot was so brave, we will miss him…

  • Perso Nasplit

    My head simply cannot wrap itself around the audacity and corruption in the government. I know there are people who would, and did, target their opponents, but this is absolutely unheard of. There are backups to backups to backups. This does NOT happen.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “Lies that convince by their sheer audacity”? There are some lies that are SO big, the audacity of hope and change STILL can’t sell them.

    • Acethepug

      They’ve had a year to scrub anything they could get their hands on. I am sure there are backups somewhere, but I have no idea if anyone will come forward or not.

      Amazing how Nixon’s missing 18 minutes were enough to get the Left frothing at the mouth, and they are okay with a two-year gap in emails for SEVERAL IRS employees.

      Thanksgiving is going to get very interesting if Lefty relatives bring up Nixon without immediately admitting how Obama is orders of magnitude worse.

      • Beentheremovedaway

        Issa needs to start squeezing the lower level IRS employees first.. Give immunity to the first few IT guys and gals that were involved in the server crash!. The cult level political staffers are not going to crack easy. Admin., ofa and soros have much to offer, and they are/will pay up!

        • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

          Immunity doesn’t work well when there is a bullet in your head that appears to have come from a self inflicted wound.

    • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

      The Audacity of Hope (that we can give the people a royal screwing and get away with it).

  • Barry A. Brewer

    Um, emails are required – by Federal law – to be preserved AT BOTH ENDS of the conversation. Did all the other agencies she was emailing lose their copies, as well?

    • alanstorm

      Are you implying, sir, that she might just be full of used food?

      • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

        You know, I think just maybe, that might indeed be EXACTLY what he is implying. It almost seems that he might have seen this behavior from these people before.

  • alanstorm

    OK, I have to say it:

    “What a loser!”

  • Tgar

    noun ˈsmi-jən\ˈsmij a small amount
    In reality, the Prez was telling the truth! This is a hole boat load!

  • Iacobus


    Prison, prison, prison, PRISON.

  • mrspinky85

    This does not help you IRS.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      The most despised entity in government, is more despised than EVAH!

      • Thale Taxurfeet

        “The most despised entity in government, is more despised than EVAH!”

        The formerly most despised entity in Government is now in a virtual neck and neck race with the Executive Branch, as the Congress is closing on the inside rail.

        The SCOTUS is off the pace but not outside the realm of Eminent Domain…

  • Acethepug

    Defund the IRS, disband them and set up a National Flat Tax.

    That the Republicans aren’t beating this damned drum EVERY DAY tells me at least some of them were in on the targeting, or pleased at the Tea Party targets.

    Lerner and pretty much every employee of the IRS that isn’t a whistleblower should have their pensions revoked and their jobs terminated at the VERY least.

    I wonder how long the “lol, we lost the emails!” excuse would work if I were being audited? Betting not long at all.

    We are way past scandal and into deliberately influencing national elections now. Heads need to ROLL. It’s going to get really, really ugly if they don’t.

    • R.C.

      Yea, it kills me these public servant jokers have access to some form of media 24/7 and refuse to use it.

    • CVN65

      The establishment GOP despises the TEA party more than the left. They don’t really want our input except when it comes time to donate money, time or votes. They believe that they, the inner-circle, get to choose which candidates will be allowed to represent the party in general elections. Any upstart picked by the people and not the elite will not only not get their support but will be sabotaged to show us that only they know whom to choose. They would rather lose than see us feel empowered or see candidates elected that will upset the apple cart. The GOP doesn’t want a flat tax; they want to be in charge of our Byzantine tax code so that they can be the ones cashing in, helping their friends and punishing their enemies. They are salivating at the chance to use the IRS and DOJ as political/economic weapons of war against their rivals.

    • MrSnuggles2k2

      Never let a crisis go to waste.

      You can bet the left would be apoplectic if this crisis could be used to further their agenda. The rinos are just too stupid to see the opportunity they have in front of them.

  • R.C.

    Shutter the doors to the IRS.
    Immediately move to a flat tax and be done with it.

  • Ragnar__Danneskjold

    It’s time for some arrests.

  • walterc

    Well at least when I get audited there is IRS precedence to used crashed computer as a defense to not having my records available.

  • CO2 Producer

    After careful inspection of their records, the IRS can neither confirm nor deny that Waldo exists.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      They thought they had some emails from him to prove that Waldo did in fact exist, but they lost them.

      • CO2 Producer

        I plead the Fifth…Estate, since the Fourth would rather provide cover than give proper coverage.

  • Name

    take this from someone who has done more than a few investigations in a certain other government department. This is pure, unmitigated bull$hit. Those emails exist. There are server records. NOTHING is ever gone completely. This is a snow job and obstruction. 40 years ago this same sort of thing cost Nixon his job. I guess the one consolation is that in the Wartergate instance, our elected officials made sure that they did not let history repeat itself.

  • Ragnar__Danneskjold

    Not a smidgen, a whole fukin flock of smidgens.

    • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

      Oh great, now my freshly washed car is covered in smidgen shmit! I KNEW I shouldn’t have parked near that statute (of limitations) of Ol’ stompy foot!

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    This calls to mind an old legal case where a boy found a broach and turned it in to a jeweler to see if anyone lost it. When no one claimed the broach, the boy sought to take his rightful possession, but the broach was now missing a number of gems. The court held that it must be presumed that those missing jewels “were of the finest water” hence the most valuable to make them worth the stealing.

    It would seem that those missing emails must be presumed to be of the most incriminating nature . . . to make them worth the losing.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      In civil cases (as opposed to criminal cases where the defendant is to be given the benefit of all doubt), the jury can be instructed to take into consideration the fact that had the defendant produced certain documents, they’d have gone poorly for him, and therefore it was in his interest NOT to produce them, and as such, whatever the plaintiff alleges were in those documents is more likely the case. It’s part of what is called the “Spoliation Doctrine.”

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        It is the same principle, derived from that earlier case of the missing jewels. But I do not honestly see why such an inference would be unacceptable, admittedly to a lesser degree, in a criminal case, such as in assessing the witness’s credibility, rather than the issue of ultimate guilt, when said witness has spoiled the evidence.

        (Edit: Mind you, her credibility was almost shot anyway. And I had originally intended this remark for the Court of Public Opinion rather than any Court of Law.)

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          In a criminal case, the judge has to tell the jury that any reasonable doubt has to be resolved in the defendant’s favor. If the prosecution has called witnesses to what might have been contained in the documents, and the defense has not rebutted the claim, a jury presumably wouldn’t think that the idea that the unproduced documents were favorable to the defendants was reasonable and so entertain doubt, you’d have to figure, but we ARE at the 20th anniversary of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, after all.

          What often happens in civil cases is that pretrial motions dispose of these issues, i.e., the plaintiff moves that the defendant cannot question the allegation the plaintiff makes which the content of the documents would confirm. It saves a lot of time and effort for the plaintiff to show by circumstantial evidence that indeed there really WERE such documents, that they were in in the defendant’s possession and control, and that if the documents never existed, it had been some sort of violation of law or best practices on the defendant’s part that they were not made and kept.

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            Just as a matter of curiosity, why are you explaining legal procedure to an attorney?

          • H50 ✓RAT

            Because its fun to have a discussion? Because it invites others in? Because its informative to have a legal debate? Because the greatest legal minds in the country can always agree in the interpretative/application of the law and thats why the SCOTUS has an odd number of justices for a tie breaker?

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Are you one? Jeez, then let me apologize for seemingly lecturing a man on something he already knows. But it’s also for the edification and information of lay people as welI. For someone like me who kinda seems to have a store of knowledge like a river a mile wide and a foot deep, I sometimes have a hard time remembering who’s who around here. I’m PRETTY sure Hana’s the one with the toaster.

            More to the point, did I get it right? I’d hate to have misled anyone (or “mizle’d” as DWS might put it).

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            You were spot on, no apologies necessary . . . ever (It’s a sign of weakness.), mind you that you will find minor variations from one jurisdiction to another. I’m sure the audience enjoyed it though.

          • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

            I’m DEFINITELY not a lawyer. (I still have a modicum of dignity and self-respect left. Not much, but it is there) So I want to thank trgf for his explanation. Hana’s quite correct, there are quite a few of us who appreciate a lively discussion and other points of view, even if we do understand the law. It’s good mental exercise to listen to others whether we agree or disagree, and it helps me defend my position by looking at it from all sides.

        • H50 ✓RAT

          Ummmmm, her credibility is ALMOST shot?

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            I know . . . I tend to qualify my statements too much.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    Pardon me . . . the dog ate my email.

  • ToyZebra

    This would be silly until you realize government agencies under investigation are using excuses that a kid in grade school wouldn’t try.

  • globalcrap

    What happened to the committee, that was going after this O Bogus I R S crook? More B S from Wash-up dc.


    Daily server back-ups, undeletable data retention, and off-site disaster recovery prevent this from happening.
    This is a bold face lie to cover up illegal activity.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    This…this is just a ****ing joke now. These lying scumbags are actually using the “my dog ate my homework” defense, and honestly expect to get away with it. The sad part is, they probably WILL get away with it, because the butt-kissing media and race-baiting trolls like Elijah Cummings will do everything in their power to derail the proceedings despite the best efforts of people like Rep. Issa.

  • jdog

    The stench of corruption emanating from the white house is becoming overpowering.

    • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

      Try breathing from your mouth only. It doesn’t help the smell, but it does make it a little less noticeable.

  • Ed McDowell

    The Mafia used to make evidence disappear too.

    • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

      I’m betting Jimmy Hoffa sr. knows where those “lost files” are.

  • MrSnuggles2k2

    Sounds like they deleted these emails as they were sent back in 2011. May not be able to find them.

  • daPenguin

    rumor has it that they lost Obama’s medical records, college transcripts and birth cert as well…. wait what? Oh never mind

    • John Galt

      Funniest comment I read all day. Thank you.

  • frozeninbemidji

    IRS – I’m sorry, who else’s emails did you want to look at?

    Congress – Well, there’s ahh….

    IRS – We lost their emails too

    Congress – but I didn’t give you any names

    IRS – I’m sorry, go on

  • MarkAQuinlan

    The lost IRS emails make it impossible to avoid appointing a special counsel. This is law breaking in defiance of the Constitution.

  • carmenta

    Im concerned.
    If we accept the excuse that a computer ‘crash’ has caused the loss of all these emails (putting aside that we know this cannot be the case) one must begin to ask some further questions
    1. While we know we are looking for links between Lerner/IRS and anyone within the admin/WH/Congress regarding the targetting of TP groups, what else was contained within the ‘lost emails’? Obviously, they weren’t full of plans for baby showers and retirement parties, so what other important information has been lost?
    2. Have the relevant parties whose information has been lost, been notified?
    3. Has anyone address whether the IRS was hacked (causing the crash) and identified any significant threat?
    4. It is inconceivable that Lerner pleads the 5th to hide the information that then is lost. Someone is directing this and I urge everyone to call their congressperson and demand answers!

  • Ethanery

    When I heard about Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails, I foolishly thought that they couldn’t be any more blatant about their cover-up, now they’ve topped themselves. What next? Lois Lerner on the phone, in a hearing, telling her employees to target conservatives?

  • reddarin

    Hard not to think of how different this would be right now if a select committee had been formed back when this first became impossible to ignore by the House leadership.

    Thanks Mr. Boehner.

  • JeffB

    I know this has been mentioned numerous times it is not possible for emails to be “lost” at this level. I work in IT for a mid size law firm and we have multiple backups as well as offsite data storage in case the building burns down. We had a situation last year where some data was lost that only existed on one personal computer and even that was recovered despite the hard drive being “crashed” by a data recovery service.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      When they say lost, they really mean – D E S T O Y E D.

      • The Demon Slick

        I subtracted a point for spelling.
        You get a 99.

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Oh brother. This has gone beyond mock-worthy. Past time to start arresting folks.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    • H50 ✓RAT

      Somebody over there has some serious big, hairy cajones.

      • Thale Taxurfeet

        Soon to be in a vise…

        • H50 ✓RAT

          From your keyboard to their balls.

          • Thale Taxurfeet

            I replied to you a few moments ago and it appears that Twitchy ate my comment, intentionally or not.

            Strange brew, the Twitchy commenting anomalies today. Sunspots? Gravity wells birthing in the ether giving chase to the suck in D.C.? New moderators smiting the commenting rabble for slaps and tickles?

            As Dizzy and Pee Wee used to advise, you make the call.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            My internet has been operating at the speed of suck today and Im having trouble with a lot of sites.
            Now you got me curious at what your retort possibly could have been……hee hee hee. Sorry I missed it!

          • Thale Taxurfeet

            Ha! Sorry for the delay. The neighbor had tractor problems, and his need for a Neanderthal with some electrical and small engine ka-know-ledge put me on the spot… **Makes Tim Allen noises** I had to go be a good neighbor, troubleshoot/access the problem and then drink some beer too…

            “Now you got me curious at what your retort possibly could have been……hee hee hee. Sorry I missed it!”

            IIRC it was a remark that stated my willingness to sacrifice a vice from either the barn or the garage, but a heartfelt whine that I’d prefer to keep my keyboard unsullied… :-)

          • H50 ✓RAT

            You are a good egg and a good neighbor!
            LOL, I figured it would be something along those lines, but I just love your posting style.
            Now I am sorry I missed it!
            Edited to add; surprised mine stayed up.

      • kenai

        Indeed, while Boehner et al. have cajones the size of BBs.

  • jaded

    all these computer issues… I’m sure all of this is just a mere coincidence.

  • kenai

    I’m sure that Obunghole will soon take some time off from his golfing to deliver a swift kick to Boehner’s et al. collective RINO rump and they will then all tuck their tails between their legs and with loud yips and yelps scurry back beneath the Republican porch. From Fast & Furious through Benghazi to the current IRS and border crises, Obama simply bitch slaps these Rinos when they get uppity and then plays another round of golf.

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    That is complete bull. Every single one of them should be charged with destroying evidence.

  • Gallatin

    IRS Redemption:

    Issa: And that also is very convenient. Isn’t it, Ms. Lerner?

    Lerner: Since I am innocent of this crime, sir, I find it decidedly inconvenient that the emails were never found.

  • Hotlanta Mike

    Attkisson On Missing IRS Documents: If The Emails Really Are Lost, ‘That’s Quite A Story In Itself’

  • drw

    Not even a smidgen.

  • John Galt

    Everything resides on a users computer? No backups? No disaster recover plan? Is our government still running Juno?

    • The Demon Slick

      Only idiots like Obama and his supporters think that emails are only stored on the computer used to send them.

      • John Galt

        I agree. It was a bad joke. Unless the year is 1990, you are not running an offline e-mail reader that “temporarily” holds e-mails on the server until you sign in. I read the IRS is running Exchange Server, which has a lot of nice features include LCR which copies everything to a different volume. I don’t think anyone is buying the IRS’s story here, even the “hardcore” Liberals I work with.

  • Its_My_Fault

    This proves there is “not a smidgen of corruption”

  • Its_My_Fault

    “Catch me if You Can”

  • Evie1949

    These folks with no knowledge of Information technology should stop talking now. There is no way for this to happen and the folks saying that it did are bordering on being criminally lying to Congress and the American people. Stop them now – put them in jail.

  • The Demon Slick

    Silver lining, those 6 people are now known Co – conspirators.

  • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

    Given the current history of this administration, I honestly believe the last three tweets by “el Sooper” are very accurate premonitions of what’s coming down the $#!T pipe of disinformation from ol’ stompy foot and all his cronies. Even most of the LSM (from what little I accidently overhear) are starting to admit this mountain of treacle is getting hard to swallow. And when you start to lose your water tanker carriers, you’re definitely f**ked

  • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

    Has anybody looked under those “lost Rose Law Firm files” of Shrillary’s, in the wing of the White House where she “found” them when all the hubbub surrounding them died down? I mean, weren’t those thought to be “lost forever” too, at the time?

  • Michael L

    Wow. The IRS “forgot” to back up data and Geitner
    “forgot” to file his taxes and Hillary “doesn’t recall” where
    she put law firm records. Democrats…sheeesh!