In case you missed Monday night’s Congressional hearing on the IRS allegedly losing Lois Lerner’s potentially incriminating emails, it naturally was divided along partisan lines with Democrats playing for the cameras and offering a weak defense.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen denied Monday that he had misled Congress by maintaining that his agency would turn over all of Lois Lerner’s emails.
Koskinen, appearing in his second testy hearing in just the last several days, told the House Oversight Committee that the IRS was living up to its word by producing every email it could – some 67,000 – as Republicans repeatedly questioned whether the commissioner had been totally upfront with them.
The agency told Congress this month that a stash of Lerner’s emails from 2009 to 2011 couldn’t be reproduced, because of a computer crash. Koskinen had told House Oversight in March, in yet another contentious appearance, that the agency would provide all of Lerner’s emails.
But under tense questioning from Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Koskinen stressed that “I never said I’d provide you emails that we didn’t have,” and insisted there was nothing he could do to recover what could be thousands of lost Lerner emails.
Issa’s questioning ended with disgust over Koskinen’s lying and who can blame him? Yet as always whenever he appears on a panel, South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy stole the show with his interrogation of the pathetic Koskinen. This is just masterful:
By the way, if you have any inkling that Koskinen is anything other than a Democrat hack, this demolishes that notion. Meanwhile, Democrats again continued to embarrass themselves. Expect nothing less.
One side is interested in truth and justice, the other is aiding a criminal coverup.