In order to break the cycle of poverty, we must first start with the heart. Catholic Online School is something very special, providing FREE Catholic Education to anyone, anywhere. Learn more about the Catholic Online School
Help us create new hope with your donation. This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to support Catholic Online School. Support Catholic Online School
Republicans slam IRS commissioner; Subpoena White House lawyer in 'missing emails' case
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/24/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Republicans have called IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task during a tense hearing on Monday over the disappearance of emails tied to the agency's tea party targeting scandal. Said emails, covering the period January 2009 to April 2011, belonged to embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner. The electronic missives may reveal whether a scheme to single out conservative groups for unjust scrutiny was guided by members of Congress or administration officials outside the IRS.
John Koskinen maintained that "it is not unusual for computers anywhere to fail, especially at the IRS in light of the aged equipment IRS employees often have to use in light of the continual cuts in its budget these past four years."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The committee requested all of Lois Lerner's emails over a year ago," House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said. "And we subpoenaed the emails in August 2013 and again in February 2014. ... You worked to cover up the fact they were missing and only came forward to fess up on a Friday afternoon after you had been caught red-handed.
"You personally did not cause the targeting," he told Koskinen, referring to the tea party scandal. "You personally did not destroy the emails. But by your actions and your deception, you now own this scandal.
"We have a problem with you," Issa declared at the end of a three-hour, 36-minute ordeal, "and you have a problem maintaining your credibility."
The hearing came as the result of a subpoena and will continue with an appearance from another Obama administration official.
Issa subpoenaed White House lawyer Jennifer O'Connor this week. He had invited her last week to testify during the Tuesday session. White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston, however wrote Issa to say his underling would not appear.
Before O'Connor's promotion to the White House Counsel's office, she was counsel to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel.
The IRS informed congressional investigators less than two weeks ago that a hard drive crash had destroyed 28 months of emails to and from Lerner, who led the IRS's office in charge of vetting and policing tax-exempt nonprofit groups.
Koskinen maintained that "it is not unusual for computers anywhere to fail, especially at the IRS in light of the aged equipment IRS employees often have to use in light of the continual cuts in its budget these past four years.
"Since Jan. 1 of this year, for example," he claimed, "over 2,000 employees have suffered hard drive crashes."
He also referred several times to a lack of budget resources within the IRS. Koskinen then raised the issue when asked why the agency didn't do a better job keeping a backup of Lerner's emails.
A visibly agitated Issa insisted that Americans should be able to know "they're being honestly treated by your employees, especially somebody at such a high level. Isn't that in fact a priority that should have allowed for full retention?"
"If we had the right resources, there would be a lot of priorities," Koskinen retorted.
"So the American people should believe that if they don't have the resources to pay their taxes, they shouldn't pay their taxes" Issa jabbed, "because if the IRS doesn't have the resources, it won't keep records?
"That's pretty much what you're telling us here tonight, is that resources are a question of whether or not you retain key documents."
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
President Trump has reversed a federal land seizure from the people of the state of Utah, allowing them to decide how best to use the land ... continue reading
'Crime against humanity': We must work together to eliminate human trafficking - modern day's slavery Watch
The international community must join forces to eliminate human trafficking and its root causes, the Vatican's representative to the United ... continue reading
For years, critics of Hillary Clinton have accused her of corruption, dirty tactics, lying, deceit and more. Her apologists have dismissed ... continue reading
It is a mistaken belief that slavery is a thing of the past. On the contrary, slavery is surging and becoming increasingly common. While ... continue reading
Few politicians are as dirty as the Clinton Crime Family. A new revelation shows they paid Russian agents up to millions of dollars for ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Friday, December 15th, 2017 HD Video
- St. John of the Cross: Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 14, 2017
- NO, you may NOT venerate the apparitions in Medjugorje
- Bioscience firms admit trafficking illegal fetal body parts - How ...
- Daily Readings for Thursday, December 14, 2017
- Could it be an alien spacecraft? Scientists listening today for ...
- Pope Francis: Our Lady reveals everyone has a place in the Church
- Is Facebook ripping apart human civilization? HD
- Daily Reading for Thursday, December 14th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 HD
- Attempted terror attack fails in Manhattan as pipe bomb explodes early HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way