What do your mom, your doctor, and the IRS have in common?
They all know specific, revealing, and very personal information about you. But only the IRS has the power to subject you to expensive, terrifying investigations that could lead to jail.
That’s why, when the IRS targets political groups just because it doesn’t like them, all Americans should be concerned. When it responds to Congressional investigations by claiming two years of emails were just lost, Americans should be outraged.
On Friday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the Ways & Means Committee to answer for the agency’s latest debacle. The agency chose to notify our committee of the lost emails on page 15 of a 27-page letter, and only after we asked were we notified of the additional employees whose emails were lost. The IRS knew of this issue in February, but failed to notify Congress and the public until June. The Commissioner not only refused to apologize, he offered a full throated defense of the agency’s behavior throughout this investigation. Unfortunately, he couldn’t answer the simple question: what took you so long to let Congress know?
This just doesn’t pass the smell test. No reasonable person can be expected to believe the Commissioner when he emphatically exclaims before our committee that the IRS has done everything possible to be forthcoming in this investigation. The truth is very much the opposite. The IRS has attempted to cover its tracks, throw Congress off the scent, and in the process, deny the American people the truth and justice they deserve.
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