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 announced by Koskinen to have been deemed unretrievable, and the hard drives they were housed in destroyed three years ago.
Ryan put the screws to Koskinen in his rant when he accused the IRS of purposely keeping Congress in the dark about the hard drives and emails in question.
“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.”