I may be wrong, but it seems to me that, if Lois Lerner was concerned about what got included in email messages, then she might also have been worried about the existence of those emails. I think it would be very likely.
It seems that we have direct evidence that she was worried about the content of the emails she was sending and receiving.
The Washington Examiner’s Mark Tapscott writes:
Embattled former Internal Revenue Service senior executive Lois Lerner cautioned colleagues against including comments in official emails and text messages that might be seen by Congress.
“I was cautioning folks about email and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails,” Lerner said in an April 9, 2013, email to IRS technology staff member Maria Hooke and Nannette Downing, manager of the IRS Exempt Organizations Exam Unit.
“Someone asked if OCS conversations were also searchable — I don’t know, but told them I would get back to them. Do you know,” Lerner asked.
Hooke responded, saying, “OCS messages are not set to automatically save,” but cautioned that “parties involved in an OCS conversation can copy and save the contents of the conversation to an email or file,” according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Hooke further advised Lerner to treat email “as if it is/could be being save[d] somewhere, as it is possible for either party of the conversation to retain the information and have it turn up as part of an electronic search.”
Hooke then asked Lerner: “Make sense?”
Lerner’s response was one word: “Perfect.”
So this woman is, after making several statements in her own defense, now “pleading the Fifth” to avoid testifying?