Videos: John Koskinen and the no good, very bad, horrible day evening

posted at 8:41 am on June 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The House Oversight Committee hearing went long into the evening, so we didn’t get a chance to post any of the highlights of the interrogation of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. That doesn’t mean that these exchanges are any less interesting this morning, especially this first clip. Former prosecutor Trey Gowdy takes Koskinen to task for declaring that he’s seen no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the destruction of e-mail data when, as it turns out, Koskinen has no idea at all what statutes might be in play. And when Koskinen accuses Gowdy of indulging in conspiracy theories … it’s on (via Twitchy):!/KatiePavlich/status/481251257248518144!/KatiePavlich/status/481251587609067521

Jason Chaffetz used a little less heat, but still effectively demolished the claim that the IRS tried “desperately” to restore Lois Lerner’s data after the hard drive crash. But more importantly, Chaffetz points out that the IRS never disclosed that Lerner’s data was lost, not to the Inspector General and not to Congress, during the investigation, even though the IRS knew full well that the data was lost. Koskinen, who was appointed to run the IRS because of the scandal, claims that he didn’t know because, well … he never bothered to ask:

This morning, Jennifer O’Connor will testify in response to a subpoena from Oversight. Now an attorney at the White House, O’Connor was at the IRS from May to November 2013 and in charge of producing the data records related to this investigation. She won’t have Koskinen’s excuse for not disclosing the destruction of data from Lerner and six other IRS officials related to the targeting scandal, so her testimony will be interesting indeed. So will the questioning.

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Meow, your take on the smirkless one?

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

No one takes the 5th amendment, and goes to this much trouble to avoid exposing the emails of 7 top people at the IRS because they are innocent.

In a civil trial the destruction of evidence is all that is needed to prove guilt. Lerner already took the 5th!!!

It shows consciousness of guilt to destroy the emails and to cover up the destruction of the emails this long and this hard. Everyone who has testified has covered up. All of them are co-conspirators in the crime of suppressing dissent in order to fraudulently win an election.


This will come out. I don’t think something this big can be covered forever.

petunia on June 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

This guy really looks and sounds like a snake in the grass.

Lois Lerner took the 5th.

If nothing is criminal why did that happen?

The emails were destroyed. Why?

Not because there is nothing to hide.

Good grief. They are all a big bunch of criminals and they run this country!

Heaven help us. Really, please help us.

petunia on June 24, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Koskinen, typical liberal hack. Will always be tarred by Learner. He’s probably much worse. The Obama screw-ups at their best.

StevC on June 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM

petunia on June 24, 2014 at 5:58 PM

How correct you are. While Lois Lerner took the 5th, This guy really looks and sounds like he has been consuming too many 5th’s. Which produces a snake in the grass.

Ms. Lerner was snobbish (always looking down her Whichy nose), but Mr. Koskinen is just too snooty for normal citizens to believe.

MSGTAS on June 25, 2014 at 9:24 AM