EPA Shows Executive Bureaucrats Think Legislative Branch is a Joke; Prove Them Wrong, Congress!

If you watch the video above, you will notice they treat the entire affair as a big joke. Congress is nothing more than fodder for laughter.

And the IRS is not only getting away with it, but they are showing other bureaucrats how to extend the middle digit to Congress.

As the Hill reports, “Another agency tells Congress: File not found.”

Not just the file; the EPA is claiming that a hard drive crashed with the only copy.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IRS share a problem: officials say they cannot provide the emails a congressional committee has requested because an employee’s hard drive crashed.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed to the House Oversight Committee Wednesday that her staff is unable to provide lawmakers all of the documents they have requested on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, because of a 2010 computer crash.

“We’re having trouble getting the data off of it and we’re trying other sources to actually supplement that,” McCarthy said. “We’re challenged in figuring out where those small failures might have occurred and what caused them occur, but we’ve produced a lot of information.”

The revelation came less than two weeks after IRS officials told Congress that Lois Lerner, the official at the center of the controversy over the targeting of conservative tax-exempt groups, also suffered from a hard drive crash that makes it difficult to comply with records requests.

The committee suspects that Phillip North, who worked for the EPA in Alaska, decided with his colleagues to veto the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay in 2009, before the agency even began researching its potential impacts on the environment.

Committee staffers have been trying for about a year to interview North, but he has been in New Zealand and refuses to cooperate, they said.

“We have tried to serve a subpoena on your former employee and we have asked for the failed hard drive from this Alaskan individual who now is in New Zealand, and seems to never be returning,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, said Wednesday.

So we have here another federal agency acting like it can do whatever it wants without allowing its decision-making process be scrutinized by the legislatures. Furthermore, the Federal Records Act is proving to be a mirage rather than real protection:

Emails provided by the committee show that EPA told congressional investigators about the hard drive crash months ago. But McCarthy said she only told the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) about the problem Tuesday.

The NARA enforces the Federal Records Act, which governs federal agencies’ responsibilities to maintain records.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said EPA probably violated the Federal Records Act by not backing up North’s emails.

“It looks like the Federal Records Act has been violated by the EPA,” Meadows said. Did he preserve his emails? That is required by the Federal Records Act.”

“We may have some emails that we cannot produce that we should have kept,” McCarthy admitted.

Well, if the bureaucrats have the power to spit on the subpoenas of the Legislative Branch, then why should they obey any actual legislation?

Here’s a question I’ll ask my readers to answer if they can help me out: If the Executive has all enforcement powers through the Department of Justice, is there anything Congress can do about it? Do they have any enforcement agency under their direction?

If Congress can get someone arrested, they need to do so. Otherwise, it looks as if everything we were told about the balance of powers was an illusion. The executive branch holds all the real power and has just been self-restrained until the reign of Barack Obama.