Guess who else has some missing emails to explain?
Like nearly every other conservative with a public platform, Sarah Palin has been using former IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails as a tool to attack the Obama administration. But of all people, perhaps Palin should not be so quick to highlight a mysterious gap in email communication. Following her short stint as governor of Alaska, her office released a supposedly comprehensive trove of emails that had its own unexplained one-month gap.
Perhaps Palin forgot what it was like to be the subject of a similar investigation exactly three years earlier after her office released her emails to the press. On June 13, 2011, the Anchorage Daily News reported that “Nearly a month of former Gov. Sarah Palin’s emails are missing from the documents released to media organizations last week, a gap that raises questions about what other emails might also be missing from what’s being nationally reported as her record as Alaska governor.”
According to the documents Palin’s office provided, she sent no official emails from between December 8, 2006 and December 29, 2006, in other words her first full month in office. As the paper put it, “That means zero emails during a period during which, among other things, Palin put out her proposed state budget, appointed an attorney general, killed the contract for a road out of Juneau and vetoed a bill that sought to block state public employee benefits to same-sex couples.”