Welp, looks like we’re done here. Ezra Klein says those “lost” Lois Lerner emails don’t constitute a real cover-up:
Here’s how the Voxsplanation concludes:
However, when one looks at the documentation the IRS provided, no malfeasance appears evident. A long email chain predating the scandal documents Lerner’s computer difficulties and the agency’s failed attempts to restore her emails. Unless new information emerges to cast doubt on this explanation, the dark fears of a cover-up seem unsubstantiated.
Got that? Move along, folks. Nothing to see here!
As to Ms. Lerner’s behavior, consider that House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp first sent a letter asking if the IRS was engaged in targeting in June, 2011. Ms. Lerner denied it. She engineered a plant in an audience at a tax conference in May 2013 to drop the bombshell news about targeting (maybe hoping nobody would notice?). She has subsequently asserted a Fifth Amendment right to silence in front of the only people actually investigating the affair, Congress. Now we learn that her hard drive supposedly defied modernity and suffered total annihilation about 10 days after the Camp letter arrived.
Seems like a pretty important detail, no? Wonder why Vox would wanna leave that out.
We’ve got a theory: Vox is a hotbed of dishonest hacks.
Paging Media Matters!