I'm sorry* to revisit this topic, but this Sonasoft thing is starting to blow up: "The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cancelled its longtime relationship with an email-storage contractor just weeks after ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and shortly before other IRS officials’ computers allegedly crashed." Basically, the Daily Caller - doing the legwork that our legacy media apparently cannot - determined that Sonasoft offered email backup services from 2005 to 2011 (Sonasoft certainly claimed that). A couple of weeks after Congress started requesting Lois Lerner's email records from the IRS, Lerner's computer crash - and, shortly after that, the IRS let their contract with Sonasoft lapse. Left unstated is why the IRS would decide to terminate services with the company that was providing them with backups, although I'm sure that we could all hazard a guess or two.
But enough about the evil that might lurk in bureaucrats' hearts: there's another, more pressing issue. Now that we know that the IRS had backups, why have those backups not been provided to Congress with all due speed? ...Oh, wait, we can probably hazard a guess or two on that, too.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: As even Slate is forced to concede: the IRS is in no position at all to demand that they be given any kind of leeway or preferential treatment. Congress said 'frog,' and the IRS must jump. And if they don't like it, well, that's karma for you.
*Full disclosure: I am not sorry. I am not sorry at all.