This is so good it’s worth its own post:
It becomes painfully obvious why Koskinen was appointed commissioner of the IRS. He is a lawyer but hasn’t practiced law in 45 years. He is ignorant of the law and specifically ignorant of tax law.
He’s perfect for the job.
His claims are based on his “feelings” and have nothing to do with the law. Koskinen is sure the law hasn’t been broken but he doesn’t know the what the law is.
He’s perfect for Obama. He’s a partisan goober.
Here’s Issa grilling Koskinen:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz had no better luck with Koskinen:
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz needled Koskinen about a short-term data backup that the IRS had in place – but never used – when Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011.
‘It’s actually a disaster recovery system,’ the IRS commissioner testified, ‘and it backs up for six months in case the entire system goes down … That was the rule in 2011. Policy.’
Chaffetz wanted to know, ‘Why didn’t they just go to that six-month tape?’
Koskinen replied that it is ‘a disaster recovery tape that has all of the emails on it, and is a very complicated tape to actually extract emails [from], but I have not seen any emails to explain why they didn’t do it. So I – It would be difficult, but I don’t know why they didn’t do it.’
‘But you said that the IRS was going to extraordinary lengths to give it to the recovery team, correct?’ Chaffetz quizzed.
‘That’s correct,’ said Koskinen.
‘But it’s backed up – on tape?’
‘For six months, yes.’
‘So,’ Chaffetz asked, ‘why didn’t you get them off the backup?’
‘All I know about that is that the backup tapes are disaster recovery tapes that put everything in one lump,’ Koskinen replied, ‘and extracting individual emails out of that is very costly and difficult, and it was not the policy at the time.’
‘Did anybody try?’ Chaffetz asked the IRS commissioner.
‘I have no idea or indication that they did,’ came his answer.
This is wholesale criminality. The House needs to defund the IRS completely.
Funny how there wasn’t enough money for keeping emails (there was $1.8 billion last year for IRS IT support) but there was plenty for bonuses. There’s absolutely no doubt about this being a huge cover-up.
If you or I tried this with the IRS we’d be jail and in jail is where Koskinen and Lerner belong.
Trey Gowdy for President.