Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during a House committee hearing, repeatedly asking why he waited nearly two months to tell Congress that the agency lost Lois Lerner’s crucial emails due to a hard drive “crash.”
Koskinen claimed he didn’t tell Congress, the White House, FBI, Inspector General or any other outside agencies about losing Lerner’s emails until the IRS released a public report last Friday.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questions Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee hearing was titled 'IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner's Missing E-Mails, Part I'. Win McNamee/Getty Images
“So you knew in April and you waited two months to tell this body?” Jordan asked.
“Correct,” Koskinen replied.
The GOP congressman later asked at what point does sitting on “critical” information “become obstruction of justice.”
“We’ve been after this for 13 months,” Jordan said. “We subpoenaed six months ago for this, you had a hearing on the 26th where everyone went after you and said, ‘We want all the emails,’ and you assured us you’d get them all to us, and then you learned you can’t — and you don’t tell anybody?”
“This is ridiculous,” he added.
Watch the exchange here:
(H/T: Weekly Standard)
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