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Monday, January 25, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 991

IRS Logo 2House Ways & Means Committee Press Release, Brady, Roskam Demand Answers After IRS Admits to Destroying More Hard Drives:

After recent news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has destroyed more protected documents, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) sent a letter today to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The Chairmen called for information regarding the IRS’s document retention policies and its troubling record of destroying protected records. They also requested documents about the IRS’s alarming admission that it erased a hard drive that contained information relevant to an ongoing lawsuit against the agency:

This is not the first time the IRS has lost key records that were subject to a document hold.  In the course of this Committee’s investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations, the IRS disclosed that it had destroyed backup tapes containing thousands of Lois Lerner’s records.  Furthermore, the IRS did not inform Congress of the destruction for several months.  In the Microsoft case, the IRS discovered the loss of records in December 2015, but did not disclose the loss until January 19, 2016.

“In order for taxpayers to trust the IRS, they need to know that the IRS is dealing with them fairly and playing by the rules.  The IRS, however, has demonstrated now at least twice that it is either unwilling or unable to obey basic rules of discovery before federal courts and before Congress.”

Click here to view the letter.

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Comments

So, Republican House, where is the impeachment of Koskinen, or was that just more Kabuki theater to calm the masses? No wonder nobody wants any of your Establishment candidates.

Posted by: geokstr | Jan 25, 2016 8:09:39 AM

"letters" don't work - only arrests & indictments & jail time will work for these criminals...

Posted by: Thewlyn Oh | Jan 25, 2016 9:41:34 AM

The Republicans have a perpetual political motion machine here. Make a request/demand for documents; cut the IRS budget; IRS fails to preserve documents; make another request/demand for documents; cut the IRS budget; IRS fails to preserve documents; make another request/demand for documents; and so on and so on. Lots of Kabuki theater and political hay. Limitless even.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jan 25, 2016 12:45:17 PM

Congress could zero out all expenditures for destruction of information and enact penalties for individuals who destroy any information whatsoever. Until we can figure out what's going on.

Posted by: AMTbuff | Jan 26, 2016 9:52:25 AM