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Judicial Watch: “Lost” Lerner Emails Exist

A Department of Justice attorney informed the government accountability group Judicial Watch Friday that Lois Lerner’s supposedly missing emails must in fact be present in a government-wide computer backup system, but that it would be too difficult for officials to go ahead and retrieve them.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News today, saying:

A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that, it turns out, the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington – and there’s a catastrophe – so the government can continue operating. And they say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s emails from that backup system . . .

Everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing emails of Lois Lerner . . . it’s all been a pack of malarky. They could get these records, but they don’t want to, and they haven’t told anyone about it, frankly, until we were able to get it out of them on Friday. There’s no such thing as Lois Lerner’s missing emails. It’s all been a big lie.

The emails of Lerner and other IRS officials are being sought by Judicial Watch through Freedom of Information Act requests and a FOIA lawsuit.

30 Responses to Judicial Watch: “Lost” Lerner Emails Exist

  1. I have to admit that I’m confused by this reasoning.

    If backups are too hard to get to, what’s the use of making a backup? Why waste the time, effort, and cost of backing up if the backups are essentially useless?

  2. I’m shocked, shocked to hear that they have a backup system that still has Lerrner’s emails. I mean duh–we all always KNEW they had the emails somewhere on some server, or in the cloud. emails don’t just disappear, do they NSA?

    we’re not a very smart people, we Americans, but we do know something about computers. and we know that just because a file is lost on someone’s desktop doesn’t mean it’s lost completely. it was the Obama Regime that was trying to peddle that load of bull.

  3. “too hard” to go get them?
    OK, I volunteer to get them. Send me her IP address and my Grandson and I will locate, print out, and deliver them to whomever wants them.

    They must think we’re all idiots who aren’t privy to expertise or how-to when it comes to anything more complicated than the dial-up telephone.
    They’re all a bunch of lying, CYA experts, criminal mobs that used to be called Government Employees.

    • That caught my attention as well. To difficult, that has to be a lie as well because if there were an emergency, they need to pull up info ASAP.
      As far as I am concerned this is an emergency.

  4. I’m very confused. Didn’t the judge tell the DOJ to give the court the emails? Can they be held in contempt? We do have a legal system, I think…

    • For a cover up of this magnitude there must be someone VERY big they’re protecting in all this… I’m evermore convinced this traces all the way to the oval office where the top vermin resides.
      (not to mention any names,of course) If they’re successful in keeping this buried,we are looking at the most serious & widespread abuse of power in our nation’s history..
      Will the Patriots please stand up?

  5. OMG, I’m watching the TV coverage of Michael Brown’s funeral. I have never seen such hateful vitriol spouted in the name of “justice” before. It’s downright scary.

    • Ya know… I’m just having this random thought after reading your post that the Michael Brown situation is a convenient cover to this very information disclosure.

      Classic…deflect and redirect. Over the top? Yes. Plausible from this group? Absolutely!

    • With Al Sharpton and three representatives of the federal government after Eric Holder’s visit, how could anyone think this isn’t a

        • Thats terrible for Foley. I guess the Foley family must have dissed Obama in some microscopic way, like saying more could have been done to save that tortured and beheaded man! Thanks again Obama and thanks for Benghazi and thanks from the soldier in the filthy Mexican jail. He must be a Republican so why would Obama help him?

    • I read somewhere that NBC livestreamed it.

      I don’t watch any coverage or discussion of it. Everyone knows what this is and isn’t.

  6. Judicial Watch has hundreds of cases where the government has stonewalled or simply not responded to FOIA requests which forces them to file lawsuits to get the information. What that tells me is our government is full of criminals, liars, lawbreakers, and scum.

  7. Regarding the emails, first they’re available and will be handed over, then they’re irretrievably lost and now they exist again. But there is a catch of some sort to get them. These criminals at the IRS can’t agree on which lie to tell and stick with it.

  8. OT Remember that statue of Obama that got transported to a park bench? I’m thinking maybe we could just install in it the Oval Office. Then Iraq Baraq can play golf all the time.

    At the rate we are going, people might suspect it is not him in the OO, but the WH will deny it, the press will never report it, and America doesn’t care .

    ValJar can continue presidentin’, Jean Francois can handle foreign affairs from a salon somewhere in Paris, Al Sharpton can ignite the flame, Eric Holder can not enforce the law, and DHS can round up all those who refuse to participate in the rioting and looting.

    And Obama can play golf, 24/7.

  9. I have been maintaining all along that the crashed hard drive story is just a squirrel, no IT dept in the world would trust end users to maintain legally mandated email archives on the users’ own desk top machines. Not only would it be bad policy it would be illegal.

  10. The excuse that the backup files are too difficult to retrieve is, of course, utter nonsense. It’s the modern day tactic of “coverup”. Everything the government (and us) publishes, emails, sends electronically etc., is stored and can be retrieved. It’s not “difficult”.

    Here’s a scary article that tells us how enthusiastic the Obama administration is collecting all communications–government and private–and sharing that stuff all over the place.

    They collect and store at the rate of 1-2 billion records A DAY.

    Big Brother is here, and he’s very pleased.