At this point, it may be easier to compile a list of the Federal Government employees whose computers DIDN’T “crash”.
This time, it’s the EPA which is allegedly suffering from Compu Spontaneius Breakus. But to place this newest chapter into context, a quick refresher is called for:
(via National Journal) – “…Issa issued a subpoena in November for documents and communications between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Executive Office of the President over a five-year period as part of an inquiry into whether the White House interfered with how the agency responded to congressional inquiries.
That request has gone unfulfilled, said Issa, who says he’s planning to convene a committee business meeting after next week’s recess and hold the agency in contempt if the documents are not turned over or executive privilege exerted…”
So, the Environmental Protection Agency had a very simple choice: hand over all of the documents/emails which were duly subpoenaed last year, or come up with a really, really clever reason why they couldn’t.
Gotta hand it to the EPA, though: probably figured that if this lost-email-due-to-unexpected-computer-crash excuse was good enough for the IRS, who are they to argue?
“…The hearing also included a bit of deja vu for the committee when members grilled McCarthy on lost emails from a hard-drive crash, …the same issue that wiped out emails from IRS employee Lois Lerner. In this case, the emails in question were from retired EPA employee Philip North, who was involved in the agency’s decision to begin the process of preemptively vetoing the Pebble Mine project in Alaska.
North, who declined an interview request by the committee, is retired, and committee staff say they have been unable to track him down. According to a committee aide, North’s hard drive crashed in 2010—which was around the same time that the committee is investigating the agency’s discussions of a potential veto—and the emails were not backed up…”
Once again emails which are being requested by a Republican Oversight Committee have **POOF**, …vanished into the ether.
Ya’ know, when Ben Shapiro labeled this Administration a Mafia-esque enterprise last week, THIS is the sort of thing to which he was referring.
How exactly are we expected to swallow this line of tripe …again?!
At the risk of repeating myself, …I’m going to repeat myself:
“They’re lying, we KNOW they’re lying, and THEY know we know they’re lying. And they don’t care…”
It remains to be seen if Darrel Issa and the rest of the House are finally getting tired of being the Executive Branch’s whipping boy. I’m not exactly holding my breath, however.