Today, Congress launched an investigation into how the IRS allegedly lost two-years worth of Lois Lerner e-mails she had used to communicate with outside agencies such as the White House and Justice Department. The lost e-mails coincide with the time frame in which it has been alleged that the IRS engaged in widespread targeting of conservative groups.
This morning’s proceedings brought a fiery rebuke from Paul Ryan, absolutely grilling IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
Ryan led his statements with this:
“This is unbelievable. The apology that ought to be given is to the American taxpayer. Not to a government agency that is abusing its power. I am sitting here listening to this testimony, I just – I don’t believe it. That’s your problem. Nobody believes you!”
Nobody believes you.
One year ago, a Wall Street journal poll indicated that 55% of Americans say the IRS targeting raised doubts about the Obama administration’s “overall honesty and integrity.”
And that was before the agency “lost” two years-worth of e-mails and destroyed Lerner’s hard drive.
Stephen F. Hayes reported via Twitter that Ryan was fired up.
Ryan is clearly, obviously angry as he accuses #IRS of misleading Congress. Don’t see that kind of anger from Ryan very often. He’s furious.
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America should be fired up on both sides of the aisle. This is above and beyond any Nixonian level targeting of political opponents. The cover-up is even worse. Nixon only lost 18-minutes of the Watergate Tapes. The IRS has lost two years worth of communications.
Watch Ryan’s grilling of Koskinen below…
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