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The IRS Email Flu

By on 6.18.14 | 3:06PM

There seems to be a bug going through the IRS and it causes people to lose their emails. Today it was reported that six workers at the agency lost months’ worth of emails while the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups before the 2012 election. This comes several days after infamous IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner, who allegedly spearheaded the targeting, claimed her emails were lost to a crash too.

In an AP story, the two Republican lawmakers in charge of investigating the IRS accused the agency of lying to Congress and voters:

"It looks like the American people were lied to and the IRS tried to cover up the fact it conveniently lost key documents in this investigation," said the statement by Camp and Boustany. "The White House promised full cooperation, the commissioner promised full access to Lois Lerner emails and now the agency claims it cannot produce those materials and they've known for months they couldn't do this."

Apparently, all the IRS computers had the flu at the same time.

Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is not taking this sitting down. Issa claimed on Twitter that he would be subpoenaing several of the technicians that examined the computer failures. In doing so it looks like he took veteran reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s advice on making IRS requests.

The IRS works for the taxpayer and should be beholden to us. These tactics are irresponsible, if not downright illegal. When will the government, as one Tea Party founder put it, remember its place and realize we are not its serfs?

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