On Friday afternoon, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) investigating the IRS scandal, announced that the IRS claimed a computer crash has destroyed all emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices. The committee had asked for the emails a year prior.
The IRS claim seemed so unreal that even Mika Brzezinski, an Obama apologist, commented on Monday's Morning Joe that the claims were "pretty ridiculous" and insisted that "those emails exist."
The segment began with Mika trying to read the news report and co-host Joe Scarborough poking fun a the IRS claim first by picking up Brzezinski's drink and saying:
That’s important, because you know we need receipts for that. Seven years from now, they’re going to ask for a receipt from this Jamba Juice. Where’s the receipt and you're going to say but, wait a second, I’m looking around for the receipt. What is the IRS going to say? They are going to throw you in jail because you don't have the receipts.
Later waving around his laptop, he added:
Hold on a second. Computers crash, this is true. But when computers crash, entire servers that hold e-mails, like this computer right here, okay? This could fall in the water. You could crash it and bang it and dah, dah, dah. Guess what? I've got like five different e-mail accounts. Magically, the e-mails survive even when the metal doesn't.
Finally he turned to Mika:
Scarborough: The computer crashes. The e-mails -- no! We live in a world with, like, clouds everywhere. Even you have to admit it.
Brzezinski: I reported on this. I killed the Eric Cantor story and I read this one so give me credit.
Scarborough: How ridiculous is it?
Brzezinski: Pretty ridiculous. Those e-mails exist.
It is not known why the NSA, which supposedly has access to all email accounts, has not helped the IRS find the email.