House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) jumped all over IRS Commissioner John Koskinen this morning for failing to alert Congress about the Lois Lerner emails.
The emails in question were previously thought to be “unretrievable” and “destroyed” three years ago, according to Koskinen.
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Ryan put the screws to Koskinen in his rant:
“You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hardworking taxpayers; and with a phone call, an email, or a letter, you can turn their lives upside down,” Ryan exclaimed. “You ask taxpayers to hang onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they’re ever audited, and you can’t keep six months of employees emails?”
“This is not being forthcoming; this is being misleading, again. This is a pattern of abuse, a pattern of behavior that is not giving us any confidence that this agency is being impartial,” said Ryan. “I don’t believe you. This is incredible.”