Testy Exchange Erupts as I.R.S. Chief Is Questioned on Messages
NY Times By JEREMY W. PETERS JUNE 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Representative Darrell Issa of California, the Republican who is leading one of the investigations into the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups, accused the I.R.S. commissioner on Monday of lying, an allegation that only deepened the partisan mistrust about the motivations behind the numerous congressional inquiries into the matter.
The hearing on Monday night, before the House Oversight Committee, was the second time in four days in which the commissioner, John Koskinen, was called to Capitol Hill to explain what had happened with the emails. He testified on Friday before the Ways and Means Committee in an appearance that also turned confrontational.
The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, appeared before a committee on in Washington on Friday.
Q. and A. : Examining a Scandal Within a Scandal About Emails at the I.R.S.JUNE 23, 2014
“That’s your problem. No one believes you,” Representative Paul D. Ryan told the I.R.S. commissioner, John Koskinen, at a hearing of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
Republicans, at Hearing on Lost Emails, Accuse I.R.S. Chief of Lying
JUNE 20, 2014
Mr. Issa said Mr. Koskinen intentionally misled lawmakers when he testified in March that he would produce all the emails sent by Lois Lerner, the former agency official at the center of the controversy. Mr. Koskinen took over the I.R.S. after a previous commissioner was dismissed in the wake of the scandal over whether workers had unfairly singled out conservatives.
IRS Chief Koskinen a Major Democratic Donor for 4 Decades
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, appointed by President Barack Obama to steer the agency through the numerous investigations into the IRS targeting scandal, has donated close to $100,000 to Democrats and the party’s organizations for more than four decades.
Koskinen donations include a total of $7,300 to the campaigns to elect Obama to the White House; $19,000 to the Democratic National Committee from 1988 to 2008; $3,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; and $2,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to official records of political contributions, with 1979 being the earliest date on record.