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CNN Reporter Spars with Earnest on IRS Emails: Like Saying ‘Dog Ate My Homework’

Josh Earnest once again faced some tough questioning from reporters on his second day as White House press secretary Tuesday, this time about missing emails tied to the IRS targeting scandal. CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted Earnest about the lack of evidence, which to him sounded like “the dog ate my homework” excuse. “On the face of it, it doesn’t sound credible,” Acosta said.

Earnest pushed back, saying, “If you listen solely to the arguments that are offered up by Republicans, you might have reason to question their credibility.”

Despite the alleged failure of Lois Lerner’s hard drive, Earnest highlighted that 24,000 emails were recovered and delivered to Congress. “I understand why your eyebrows are raised when you see Republicans on Capitol Hill suggested that there are two years of missing emails,” he said. “It’s not true.”

When Republicans say that all of the emails are gone, Earnest said it is an indication that they are becoming “increasingly desperate” to “substantiate the conspiracy theories that they’ve been propagating for some time now.”

During continued hearings today regarding the missing emails, U.S. archivist David Ferriero asserted that the IRS broke the law by failing to inform him about the destruction of federal records.

Watch video below, via The White House:

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