Skip to comments.IRS commissioner tells Congress the agency owes no apologies
Posted on 06/20/2014 12:41:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Really? Not even just a little bit, just to say, “Sorry about the whole not-retaining-our-records-when-we-demand-that-you-do” sort of thing? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asserted that the IRS owes no apologies for the curious epidemic of hard-drive failures among officials involved in the targeting scheme, whose e-mails Congress has spent the last year-plus demanding from the IRS:
CAMP: What I didn’t hear in that was an apology to this committee.
KOSKINEN: I don’t think an apology is owed. There are not a single e-mail has been lost since the start of this investigation. Every e-mail has been preserved that we have. WE have produced or will produce by the end of this –
CAMP: You don’t think the time period between January 2009 and April 2011 is relevant to this investigation?
Note well that smirk on Koskinen’s face as he proclaims this, too. We’ll get back to the qualifier Koskinen uses in a moment. Katie Pavlich followed the hearing and reported the exchange on Twitter:
"What I didn't hear in that statement is an apology to this Committee" -Chairman Camp #IRS
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 20, 2014
"I don't think an apology is owed" -Koskinen #IRS. Wow.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 20, 2014
Fox had more:
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Friday there is no need for his agency to apologize amid accusations of a cover-up in the targeting scandal of conservative groups after claims surfaced that ex-official Lois Lerner’s hard drive was destroyed and emails from several other officials also have gone missing. …
Committee Republicans now say that the IRS may have known about this for months, and that the agency may have lost emails from another six employees.
The IRS in charge of hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ information. And youre now saying your technology system was so poor that years’ worth of emails are forever unrecoverable? Camp charged. How does that put anyone at ease? How far would the excuse ‘I lost it’ get with the IRS for an average American trying to file their yearly taxes who may have lost a few receipts.
Read Noah’s post for a litany of reasons why the IRS owes the American public an apology. They may owe one to Orrin Hatch as well. He met with Koskinen on Monday to discuss the sudden revelation of the hard-drive crash in Lois Lerner’s computer, and now says that Koskinen never mentioned during that conversation that six other drives had been similarly destroyed:
Hatch fired off a letter to Koskinen on Thursday voicing concerns that he met with him on Monday, yet the commissioner and his staff did not mention that emails from six other employees might be missing.
Koskinen’s still not sure how many e-mails are missing, either:
The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service refused to apologize to Congress for losing e-mails related to its targeting of conservative groups, saying it’s still attempting to recover the data and it’s too soon to know how many e-mails are missing.
“I don’t think an apology is owed,” Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means Committee. “Every e-mail has been preserved that we have.”
Translation: We’ve dutifully saved everything that we, er, saved. Does that fly in a tax audit? I’d bet that smirk wouldn’t. Don’t be surprised if this declaration becomes a hot topic in Monday’s Oversight hearing.
The Audacity, the utter audacity.
Just another day in the life of an America that's been hijacked by lying sacks of excrement.
He’s just begging for a ass-kicking.
Nobody in DC has the testosterone to give him one (maybe Cruz).
The Audacity of Dopes.
It seems to me the bottom line is, these folks had some degree of fear that Zero wouldn’t be re-elected, and so prior to the election of 2012, they intentionally scrubbed any conspiratorial evidence that a potential Rep admin would immediately discover. I can’t seem to come to any other conclusion as to how 7 specific people, in 7 different offices had a simultaneous ‘crash’ that affected only their individual computers and not those of each entire office.
Koskinen is a lying sack of excrement.
Exactly why Obama picked him
Start throwing them in jail - without apology.
Someone on an earlier thread said they couldn’t believe the arrogance of the IRS in ‘losing’ a great amount of e-mail.
I commented that it might be less arrogance and more that they were scrambling to avoid `Club Fed’.
Well, whomever you were, you were right and I was wrong.
This is arrogance—and on stilts.
Lost emails? Case closed, evidence is spoiled, throw the book at each and every one of them. If the DOJ wont, State AG should file fraud and conspiracy charges against them based on the missing emails. No emails? Instant guilt, open and shut, book em and toss the key.
Lying is their specialty. And nothing ever happens. What does that say about our nation? Sad. And thus the reason we are in such a mess.
Both IRS Commissioners LIED and withheld info
from Congress -— specifically what they were seeking.
The missing emails are with Cummings and other
members of the Committee .... and
therefor since they did RICO show,
they had to go.
There price of arrogance is high in the court of public opinion
21 Jan 17 and they will still run the Freak Show
Defund the entire IRS until we get answers.
The price of arrogance is high in the court of public opinion
Hearings are fun but why waste the time. FIRE anyone that does not comply with a request to provide information emails data etc. Any company in America would do so. Time it applied to the Government...... And not just one shiny sacrificial lamb. Clean house. You IT Dept loses email and has hard drives fry? Incompetent, Fire people.
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