Why is it that whenever there are questions surrounding the Obama administration’s actions, emails and hard drives go missing and computers miraculously crash?
It’s not just one careless agency. It’s not just a couple isolated incidents:
- A Federal Election Commission (FEC) attorney who engaged in partisan political activities while on the job admitted to violating the Hatch Act and agreed to resign. But when “the FEC's Office of Inspector General began the process of filing criminal charges … it found that the agency had destroyed her computer's hard drive before it could be seized.” (Daily Mail)
- Environmenal Protection Agency (EPA) "Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed to the House Oversight Committee … that her staff is unable to provide lawmakers all of the documents they have requested … because of a 2010 computer crash.” (The Hill)
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claims to have lost emails belonging to former official Lois Lerner after her hard drive crashed, as well as “six other IRS employees whose hard drives had also crashed. One of those six employees was particularly important: Nikole Flax, who had worked as chief of staff to the former head of the IRS. Flax was known to be involved in discussions about the tea party targeting.” (CNN)
- IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane testified last week that “less than 20” additional IRS officials “have had computer problems over the course of the period covered by the investigations and the chairman’s subpoena.” (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)
As the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservatives continues, more inconsistencies are being discovered. This is hardly surprising, given that the agency and its defenders haven’t always told the truth or been eager to apologize.
Democrats like to pretend this is a “phony scandal,” but the Obama administration’s convenient data losses have even drawn questions from objective observers like the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers. Check out all six of their questions about the IRS’s missing emails here.