Paul Ryan Calls IRS Chief a Liar in Heated Exchange
John Koskinen refuses to apologize for lost emails
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2014 6:14 PM CDT
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Things got seriously testy on Capitol Hill today as IRS chief John Koskinen got grilled about the agency's missing emails by Republicans on the House Ways and Means panel. When committee chairman Dave Camp demanded an apology, Koskinen refused, reports Politico. "I don't think an apology is owed." And when Koskinen told the panel that the crashed hard drive of former IRS official Lois Lerner—who led the department accused of going after conservative groups unfairly—had been "recycled and destroyed," gasps were heard among the Republicans, reports the Hill. But it was Paul Ryan who went furthest as he accused Koskinen of lying.

A sample of the dialogue, as gathered by the New York Times:

  • Ryan: "Sitting here listening to this testimony, I don’t believe it. That’s your problem. No one believes you.”
  • Ryan: “You don’t have the emails. Hard drives crashed. You learned about this months ago. You just told us. And we had to ask you on Monday. This is not being forthcoming. This is being misleading again. This is a pattern of abuse.”
  • Koskinen: In his "long career," he said, "that is the first time anybody has said they do not believe me."
  • Ryan: "I don't believe you."
  • Democrat Sander Levin: "Will you let him answer the question?" he said after several interruptions.
  • Ryan: "I didn't ask him a question."
  • Levin: "Yes you did."

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Jun 26, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
Damn! Even liberal reps like Ryan are calling the IRS out!
Jun 25, 2014 10:52 AM CDT
This deceitful hack of Obozo the Clown should be out in prison for corruption.
Jun 23, 2014 10:11 AM CDT
The IRS has many similarities to the Mafia: 1. Though they are rarely seen in public, they are everywhere. 2. If you try to hide something from them, they will find it. 3. If you lie to them, you will regret it. 4. If you do not pay them, you will pay dearly. 5. If you do not play by their rules, you will lose everything. 6. If you fight them, you will lose. 7. If you run from them, they will find you. 8. When they catch you, make a good act of contrition because the consequences are deadly. So, YES the IRS is a MAFIA and HENCHMAN of the now fully corrupted federal government.. the problem is the federal government and courts backs the lies manipulations of the IRS in whatsoever corruption and intimidation they wish AND they have convinced every citizen that IRS code is law and obligation of every citizen to submit to this abuse. the sickness has been normalized..Taxation of labor is slavery....