Re the Tea Party 501C3 audits and harassment, a year ago Rep. Issa issued a subpoena for all of Lois Lerner’s email, and last Friday the IRS response was they could not provide much of them, because they were lost when she suffered a hard drive crash on her laptop in 2011.
Inasmuch as Republicans and Democrats will clash over claims of truth and reality, it’s often wise to acknowledge the difficulty in weighing competing perspectives and offsetting facts. It’s just to say, life is complex and messy, things are seldom clearcut, and a person can doubt those with opposing views too much.
This isn’t one of those times. The IRS is lying, and as a technical matter the lie is almost too absurd for words.
The emails are not lost or unrecoverable. To assert so is a lie.
A year ago, in the midst of ambiguity from competing narratives, Democrats and liberal partisans could take a cue from the Administration and IRS to argue there was no scandal. That there was merely some cloddishness and bad judgment, and that liberal and conservative groups were somewhat equally targeted.
The ‘lost email’ assertion obviates that. ‘Lost email’ is a lie offered in place of the email logs. The email logs are withheld because they are incriminating and not exculpatory. There’s simply not another answer.
So what of phony scandal now ? Mind you, at most I figure this climaxes with Lerner and a few others going to jail sometime after they are tried under the next Republican attorney general.
But what’s the defense now if you are liberal Democrat and are actually provoked to acknowledge the reality here. Is the partisan IRS behavior here to be rationalized as acceptable in the name of ferreting out abuse of dark money? Is it OK for them to lie about it so that the administration is not besmirched along with them?