Paul Ryan Blasts IRS Commissioner
Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 21, 2014
Paul Ryan tends to be a soft-spoken Republican who rarely goes into attack mode. However, his fangs rightfully came out during Friday’s Congressional Budget Committee hearing that he chaired.
On the hot seat was IRS Commissioner John Koskinen who had to try to explain how Ms. Lois Lerner’s emails from just a few years ago were all lost by the IRS. The exchange included
Ryan – “You bury in a 27-page letter to the Senate asking for them to conclude the investigation that you’ve lost Lois Lerner’s emails during the time in question because of a hard drive crash. Monday our investigators ask your agency whether any other hard drives crashed, and we learn that six other hard drives of the people we’re investigating. You didn’t tell us that.”
Koskinen – “We told you Monday”.
Ryan – “On Monday… because we asked you. 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. 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?”
As Ryan correctly noted, while taxpayers are responsible for keeping records for seven years if audited by the IRS, Koskinen was unapologetic for the IRS’s blunder/cover up. In fact he shows disdain for Congress and the People who we supposed to work for in the video below, a remarkable example of the tyranny of the IRS and other governmental agencies.