WASHINGTON, D.C. – Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen came before a Congressional oversight committee on Friday to explain how tens of thousands of emails from IRS officials tied to the political targeting of conservative groups wound up lost or destroyed.
More than one year ago, Lois Lerner, the highest ranking IRS official implicated in the scheme to date, staged a press conference in order to admit that the tax agency improperly targeted conservative non-profit groups for unusual scrutiny and harassment.
The admission spawned a full-scale congressional investigation into the abuse of power at the IRS.
On Monday and Tuesday, IRS officials made additional shocking admissions: two years’ worth of emails from Lerner and 6 other officials connected to the plot were destroyed.
The “lost” emails, which allegedly span from April of 2009 to January of 2011, originate during the time period in which the harassment of conservative groups occurred. Moreover, the emails include only the IRS employees’ communications with outside agencies, such as the Department of Justice and the White House.
The purportedly unrecoverable emails could include evidence connecting White House officials to the targeting.
Audience members gasp as Koskinen tells Congress Lerner’s hard-drive was thrown away (H/t TheGatewayPundit.com)
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) tells Koskinen: “I don’t believe you!” (H/t Washington Free Beacon)