File loss just too convenient for IRS

Members of Congress investigating Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative organizations got quite a shock a few days ago.

They had asked for email messages to and from Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS division accused of the blatantly political action. Those messages might have contained evidence in the case.

IRS officials now claim that all of Lerner’s emails for the period January 2009 to April 2011, to and from anyone outside the agency – including the White House – were lost in a computer crash.

How convenient.

Lawmakers should launch a new probe, this one into the claimed crash itself.