It’s part of the investigation into claims the tax agency targeted conservative groups trying to get tax-exempt status.
The latest hitch in the probe is the discovery that the IRS lost a large portion of Lerner’s e-mails, and even destroyed her computer hard drive containing e-mail.
John Koskinen, the current chief tax man taxed the belief of Republicans on the committee when he said he can’t give the committee something that doesn’t exist.
“I did not say I would provide you e-mails that disappeared — if you have a magical way for me to do that, I’d be happy to know about it. I said I would provide all the e-mails; we are providing all the e-mails. The fact that three years ago some of them, not all of them, but some of them, were not available. I never said I would provide you e-mails we didn’t have.”
When committee chair Darrel Issa asked Koskinen when he first learned the hard drive was destroyed, Koskinen said he couldn’t remember, an answer representative Jim Jordan of Ohio found really hard to believe.
“This has been a major news story of the past 13 months and you don’t remember who came up to you and said ‘Hey boss we lost Lois Lerner’s emails?’ You don’t remember anything about this?”
After the hearing, Koskinen said he was not happy with having his honesty questioned, something he can bring up with the committee next time he shows up to answer the question of “whodunnit?”