- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Comedian Jon Stewart isn’t impressed with the Internal Revenue Service’s story that it simply lost Lois Lerner emails during a 2011 hard drive crash, saying that the government’s behavior “across all platforms borders on criminal idiocy.”

In response to the agency’s assertion that IRS employees had an email quota of 150 megabytes per mailbox he replied, “That’s 1 percent of what Gmail offers users for free,” he said Tuesday.

The comedian then added that Americans are essentially told by the IRS to act like “borderline hoarders,” while it can use random server crashes as a reason not to turn over emails needed for a congressional investigation, The Blaze reported Wednesday.

During congressional testimony on June 20, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told officials that he would not apologize for the missing emails, saying, “I don’t think an apology is owed. Not a single email has been lost since the start of this investigation.”

“Nobody believes you,” Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican replied.”
“You ask taxpayers to hang onto seven years of their personal taxpayer info in case they’re ever audited, and you can’t keep more than six months of employees’ emails?”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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