IRS Chief: ‘I don’t think an apology is owed’ for lost emails

IRS Chief: ‘I don’t think an apology is owed’ for lost emails

[Ed. – That’s right: He works for the administration that never apologizes.]

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Friday that he doesn’t believe the IRS owes Congress an apology for losing several years’ worth of emails Republicans are seeking as part of their investigation into the IRS targeting scandal, or for the delay in telling Congress about the lost emails.

Koskinen testified at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Friday and faced frustrated Republicans who were seeking clarification about the timeline of when the IRS knew about the lost emails, and why the IRS didn’t immediately tell Congress.

Koskinen said in an opening statement that information technology experts tried for weeks to recover key emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner. After his opening statement, committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said that what he didn’t hear is an apology for losing the emails or for failing to alert Congress more quickly.

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“I don’t think an apology is owed,” Koskinen replied. “Not a single email has been lost since the start of this investigation. Every email has been preserved that we have.”

Camp accused Koskinen of not telling Congress about the lost emails for a few months, and said the IRS was keeping it a secret. Koskinen rejected that assertion and said the IRS first knew there was a problem in February, and wanted to spend time figuring out what the problem was before telling Congress.

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