The dog ate my homework.
Those aren’t the exact words the IRS used to tell Congress it’s lost two years’ worth of Lois Lerner’s e-mails. But that’s the gist of the message.
Congress has been seeking Lerner’s e-mails as part of its investigation into why conservative organizations were singled out by the IRS for special tax scrutiny. Lerner was head of the tax-exempt division at the time, but has refused to testify about what happened under her watch.
Although the IRS can provide her internal e-mails, it says all Lerner’s e-mails to and from people outside the IRS from January 2009 to April 2011 have been wiped out because of a computer crash.
Problem is, that’s during the heart of the targeting, and the e-mails are critical to determining whether Lerner acted alone or with others.