Rep. Issa Expects 'Long Night' Questioning IRS Commissioner

Monday, 23 Jun 2014 12:38 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Rep. Darrell Issa, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, said he expects a long night Monday, as the committee questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the lost emails of former agency official Lois Lerner.

Issa sent a list of 50 questions for Koskinen over the weekend in advance of Monday's hearing, Fox News reported. Issa said they were "simple questions" that the Internal Revenue Service commissioner should be able to get answered by his staff.

"I am ... looking forward to a fairly long night," the California Republican congressman told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Monday. "The reality, though, is we have some serious questions for the commissioner."

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The committee is investigating the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking nonprofit status. A subpoena was issued for Lerner's emails, but the IRS earlier this month revealed the documents were lost in a computer crash.

The biggest question Issa said he had for Koskinen was why he didn't advise Congress about Lerner's lost emails when he testified before the committee in March.

"You came before us, you said you would tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth under oath. Do you believe you told the whole truth? Of course, the answer is he did not tell the whole truth," Issa said.

A critical question, Issa said, involved "who made the decision to destroy the documents." He questioned whether Lerner kept backup copies of documentation about her activities.

"Can you believe for a moment that she didn't make a backup copy? Or, if those were important documents to her, that she didn't insist on greater steps be taken to try to recover them?" he asked.

Issa said he believes "Lois Lerner is hiding something." He said he also believes other agencies within the administration of President Barack Obama have an interest in keeping information hidden.

"I believe the Justice Department, the IRS, and the White House are interested in her succeeding in hiding what she's hiding, which is her targeting of conservative groups based on their ideology," he said.


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