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IRS: We Haven’t Looked For Lois Lerner’s ‘Missing’ E-Mails, But We Wouldn’t Have Found Them Anyway

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It must be nice to work for the government. You can do whatever you want, to whomever you want. You can lie to the people who pay you. And if they don’t like it, you can just stonewall them until they forget about it.

Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The admission appears in an IRS legal brief opposing the Judicial Watch request that a federal court judge allow discovery into how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved…

IRS attorneys conceded that they had failed to search the agency’s servers for missing emails because they decided that “the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.” They admitted they had failed to search the agency’s disaster recovery tapes because they had “no reason to believe that the tapes are a potential source of recovering” the missing emails. And they conceded that they had not searched the government-wide back-up system because they had “no reason to believe such a system … even exists.”

What more do you want from ’em? They told you those e-mails are gone forever. Why would they bother looking? Case closed.

Now get back to work. Those taxes aren’t going to pay themselves, you peasants.

(Hat tip: Free Bacon)