The Cat Ate My Emails.

IRS-Hard-Drive-ROH This past Sunday, we mentioned that on Friday, the IRS had notified the House of Representatives that over two years of emails from IRS supervisor Lois Lerner were “missing” after a supposed crash of her computer.

As we noted then, when IRS Commisioner John Koskinen was asked about the emails in February, Koskinen assured a House committee that the emails would be forthcoming and that the IRS backed up emails daily.

When the IRS reported they could not supply the emails, red flags went up everywhere.

Those flags included whether Koskinen had lied to or was lying to Congress now, as well as red flags from IT professionals who don’t buy that the emails were magically “lost.”

(How email exchanges, servers and data redundancy is discussed in an article on the entitled “Veteran IT Professional Gives Six Reasons Why the IRS’ Claim That It ‘Lost’ Two Years of Lois Lerner’s Emails Is ‘Simply Not Feasible.‘”)

While the dog must have eaten Lerner’s emails, yesterday it was announced that other emails from the same time period have been eaten by a roving band of feral cats or something like that.

The IRS recently informed Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.


If Lerner is the central figure in the scandal — Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa said Monday evening he believes she was the senior-most official involved — Flax may be an important auxiliary figure. E-mails produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the group Judicial Watch show Flax giving the green light to Lerner’s request to meet with Department of Justice officials to explore the possibility of criminally prosecuting nonprofit groups — at the suggestion of Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse — for engaging in political activity after declaring on their application for nonprofit status that they had no plans to do so.

E-mails uncovered by the committee last week showed that, in preparation for her meeting with the Department of Justice, Lerner and one of her advisers transmitted 1.1 million pages of data on nonprofit groups, including confidential taxpayer information, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, potentially in violation of federal law.

We remember the outcry over the missing 18 1/2 minutes of recorded conversation during the Watergate investigation. The outcry should be no less today over an untold number of correspondence between the key players in one of the largest scandals involving the IRS.

If there is no outcry, soon flocks of pigeons will be blamed for the loss of data when subpoenas are issued.

As Nixon and others found out, it is not the crime that gets people into trouble, it is the coverup of the crime.

(For all the blame on the animals, it should be noted that cats, dogs and birds don’t go to prison. People do.)

One Response to “The Cat Ate My Emails.”

  1. domler says:

    Maybe that’s the same cat who ate the emails Denan has not turned over in her unfulfilled PRR.