Its not just Lois Lerners e-mails. The Internal Revenue Service says it cant produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.
It's the same excuse as before. Their computers crashed. They all crashed, or at least 6 more of them. And they didn't have any backups.
You know, if they hadn't tried this -- if they had stuck with the excuse that their data retention policy was insanely stupid -- they might have, eventually, convinced us that they were hiding evidence of criminal behavior behind simple incompetence.
But when you use the same excuse for 6 more employees, which means 6 independent computer crashes with completely unrecoverable data, you're well beyond incompetence and coincidence and into criminal destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.
Don't get me wrong, when it was just Lois Lerner's email that were missing, it was probably criminal obstruction then too. But it might have been obstruction just on her part, and incompetence on the part of the IRS, that enabled her obstruction to destroy the only copy of the evidence. Now? With 7 computer crashes destroying the emails Congress most wants to see? That's a criminal conspiracy. It defies chance and coincidence, even in the face the IRS's admitted institutional incompetence.