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A Presidential History of the 'Dog Ate My Email' Excuse

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    2013-14: The Obama Administration

    During the congressional probe of the IRS for allegedly targeting conservative groups, the IRS commission claimed that Lois Lerner's emails were lost in a 2011 computer crash. They were later found on backup tapes, triggering a criminal investigation. On April 1, 2015, it was determined that no charges would be filed against Lerner. Backup technologies have improved their effectiveness and accessibility, greatly reducing plausible deniability.

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A Presidential History of the 'Dog Ate My Email' Excuse

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    2013-14: The Obama Administration

    During the congressional probe of the IRS for allegedly targeting conservative groups, the IRS commission claimed that Lois Lerner's emails were lost in a 2011 computer crash. They were later found on backup tapes, triggering a criminal investigation. On April 1, 2015, it was determined that no charges would be filed against Lerner. Backup technologies have improved their effectiveness and accessibility, greatly reducing plausible deniability.

Ever since email first entered the White House, presidential administrations have used the "I lost my email" excuse to evade all sorts of controversies. Most recently, Lois Lerner – who ran a key division of the IRS – tried this excuse, but it turns out the government IT infrastructure was too good. Backup and recovery technologies have become significantly more advanced and, in the case of Lerner, the emails were eventually found on a backup tape.

Alas, we live in an age when "The Dog Ate My Email" has lost its bite. "Losing it" is no longer a believable excuse. Most recently, questions have been raised about why Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush chose to use private email accounts as Secretary of State and Governor of Florida, respectively. In this slideshow, Unitrends details the presidential history with emails.