It is unclear whether the person in charge of the Lois Lerner "disappeared IRS emails" strategy was also Dr. Gruber, but whoever conceived of the idiotic idea that the fatal failure of a local hard disk means that emails which are stored on at least one server miles away, and subsequently downloaded via POP3, IMAP or some other protocol, have vaporized, clearly also relied on the stupidity (and laziness) of the American people.
And like in the case of Obamacare, the lies worked, if only for a short period of time.
And because when it comes to lies coming from the very top, there is never just one cockroach, and they always inevitably scatter, the latest headache for a scandal-ridden president is that Lois Lerner's email, supposedly gone in perpetuity, have mysteriously reappeared, and as the Washington Examiner reports, "up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever."
As we suggested months ago, when the ridiculously idiotic excuse for Lerner's email disappearance first emerged, all one needed to do to recover the emails was to go to the email server itself. Or, worst case, its backup. This is precisely what the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has done, and as he informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday, 30,000 or so emails were found among hundreds of "disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
This is hardly a surprise. What is far more shocking is that the IRS assumed the US public is dumb enough that this simple fix would never ever be considered. But when, as has lately been made abundantly clear, most of US domestic policy under the Obama administration has been guided by the assumption that US voters are idiots, that too is also hardly a surprise.
More on Lerner soon no longer having the opportunity of pleading "the fif":
“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.
The IRS, in a statement provided to the Examiner, said the agency and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is fully cooperating with the investigation.
"As Commissioner Koskinen has stated, the IRS welcomes TIGTA’s independent review and expert forensic analysis." The IRS statement said. "Commissioner Koskinen has said for some time he would be pleased if additional Lois Lerner emails from this time frame could be found."
As has been previously revealed, various Congressional committees have been seeking the emails, which they believe could show Lerner was working in concert with Obama administration officials to target conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status before the 2012 presidential election, something Obama has religiously denied in the past.
The missing emails extend from 2009 to 2011, a period when Lerner headed the IRS’s exempt-organizations division. The emails were lost when Lerner’s computer crashed, IRS officials said earlier this year.
In June Koskinen told Congress the emails were probably lost for good because the disaster recovery tape holds onto the data for only six months. He said even if the IRS had sought the emails within the six-month period, it would have been a complicated and difficult process to produce them from the tapes.
Apparently it wasn't, and it now turns out that there are 250 million emails on the tapes that will be reviewed. Officials said it is likely they will find missing emails from other IRS officials who worked under Lerner and who said they suffered computer crashes.
The best development out of this scandal is that the IRS will never again have to resort to using the "Windows 95 ate my emails" excuse. It remains to be seen just which NSA collaborator will be the benefiviary of the government's PC spending capex largesse.
We end witha comment by Darrell Issa, who like a rabid dog, has refused to let go of the Lerner scent from the beginning.
“Though it is unclear whether TIGTA has found all of the missing Lois Lerner e-mails, there may be significant information in this discovery,” Issa told the Examiner. “The Oversight Committee will be looking for information about her mindset and who she was communicating with outside the IRS during a critical period of time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. This discovery also underscores the lack of cooperation Congress has received from the IRS. The agency first failed to disclose the loss to Congress and then tried to declare Lerner’s e-mails gone and lost forever. Once again it appears the IRS hasn’t been straight with Congress and the American people.”
And, lo and behold, Issa's relentless pursuit is about to pay off. Then again, will anyone care if Obama is exposed having lied to the American public on yet one more occasion.
By now America's "idiot voters" will be more shocked if the president actually told the truth for once.