Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Symbolic Censureship

At least he's trying:
“Mr. Koskinen failed to testify truthfully before Congress,” said Chaffetz, R-Utah, charging that the agency under Koskinen dragged its feet in producing key evidence and in reporting that employees had destroyed emails sought.

The 23-15 party-line vote doesn’t mean the measure will get a floor vote, however. Two other committees have jurisdiction and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has not rushed to embrace the idea.

Koskinen erroneously testified that the IRS had preserved emails relevant to the investigation when in reality hundreds of backup computer tapes had been destroyed. Republicans said he did not do enough to preserve and turn over the emails by a former IRS official, Lois Lerner, that involved scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt donations.

Chaffetz said Koskinen was slow to correct testimony after the agency learned of the backup tapes.

Democrats said Republicans had jumped to conclusions unsupported by the evidence. They cited testimony by the agency’s own watchdog, a Republican appointee, who did not find evidence of political targeting of tea party groups or obstruction of the investigation.
Maybe they didn't look closely enough...

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