Skip to comments.Koskinen to Issa: ‘I Never Said I Would Provide You Emails We Didn’t Have’ (IRS arrogance)
Posted on 06/24/2014 3:24:35 AM PDT by Olog-hai
I said I would provide all the emails. We are providing all the emails. The fact that three years ago, some of themnot all of them, but some of themwere not available, I never said I would provide you emails we didnt have, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Monday evening hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Frustrated Republicans and apologetic Democrats questioned Koskinen about Lois Lerners vanished emails for several hours, beginning with Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who asked Koskinen if he knew those critical emails were missing when he testified before Issas committee on March 26but said nothing at the time about problems cropping up. [ ]
Later in the hearing, Koskinen was unable to remember when in Aprilbeginning, middle or endhe was told that some of Lerners emails were missing. Nor could he remember who told him, he testified.
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Koskinen is an arrogant ass!
It would be very interesting if somehow those missing e-mails turned up. I know they still exist...somewhere.
He is typical of the IRS. They are jackbooted thugs and need to be abolished. . .
I’ve never seen such an arrogant little pr*ck. Oh, how I’d love to slap him.
I wish one of the republicans would announce “Tomorrow I’m going to bring a sword in for every democrat. You can all fall on them and get it over with.”
John Koskinen served as Non-Executive Chairman of Freddie Mac from 2008 to 2011 and acting CEO in 2009. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Koskinen was the President of the United States Soccer Foundation. Prior to this, Mr. Koskinen was Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of Washington, D.C. from 2000 to 2003, Assistant to the President and Chair of the Presidents Council on Year 2000 Conversion from 1998 to 2000, and Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1997. Prior to entering government service, Mr. Koskinen worked for 21 years for the Palmieri Company in a number of leadership positions including, CEO and Chairman, President, and Vice President. Earlier in his career, he served as Administrative Assistant to Senator Abraham Ribicoff, Legislative Assistant to Mayor John Lindsey of New York City, and Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Commission). Mr. Koskinen practiced law with the firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and clerked for Judge David Bazelon, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He serves on the boards of AES Corp. and American Capital, Ltd. Mr. Koskinen received a B.A. from Duke University and an L.L.B. and J.D. from Yale University School of Law.
Deflection and obfuscation.
Issa don’t care.
He’s the bizarro world equivalent of Honey Badger and he’s All Hat...No Cattle, slower than a herd of turtles in January. ...
Can they do anything (legally) about Koskinen?
Koskinen was in charge of the Y2K nonsense, too.
He is a profligate liar - chosen because of his lies.
All it will take is ONE employee. There has to be ONE that is fed up with the mess.
Scooter Libby should have just said “I can’t remember” also.
Paging Snowden...redeem yourself. Show us the emails!
Correct, if it wasn't for Trey Gowdy, Issa's group would be led by rep cummings.
I am so disappointed in Issa, he started like a real man, and then obama's thugs showed him the pictures of the goat...lamb...chicken... take your pick.
The resume is missing the part about him being a degenerate lying scumbag and arch criminal
Praying for some career IRS employee with integrity who is completely disgusted with the criminal lying going on in this Administration. Deep Throat II.
The arrogance of Koskinen and this entire administration is indeed disheartening. I have come to believe that nothing will change until someone in this administration is made to suffer some real consequences for their actions. So far all the wailing and gnashing the Rs are putting forth don’t even approach the proverbial tempest in a teacup.
The other shoe needs to fall, so to speak, and in a very public place. I suggest that not one but both shoes need to fall about six feet with a sudden stop. And if the Rs cannot arrange for a Koskinen-level candidate for this short trip, I suggest one of them take his place.
If we have a President who is NEVER held to account...how can we expect to hold his underlings to account?
And they KNOW it too!
Oh now, don’t be suggesting action. We’ve got FReepers happy that it makes it to other news. To what end, one cannot guess.
But the show is apparently enough. Don’t actually suggest anyone be held accountable.
“Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the commission [Kerner Commission] On July 28, 1967, while rioting was still underway in Detroit, Michigan.”
Ever wonder how that worked out?
1950 total 1,850,000 White 83.58% Black 16.25%
2010 total 714,000 White 7.8% Black 82.7%
Koskinen SMIRKS because he KNOWS that the White House will cover for him because he’s taking the arrows for Obama.
He’s a Democrat....they ALL LIE!!!
“O” has got away with this charade for so long, because he will not meet with anyone who he sees (or who his creatures see) as at all, his equivalent.
So in the end the question becomes: Where does ineptitude end and corruption begin?
We have got 2.5 years more of this abuse of power.
At a minimum.
At one point, I thought he and Cummings were going to run off and get a room together.
Koskinen worked for NYC mayor Lindsay. As if that’s something to be proud of.
And would be willing to go into Witness Relocation (assuming Obama has not wrecked that program.)
Takeaway from last night was that Koskinen was asked if any effort was made to restore Lerner's emails from the incremental tape backup. These are the tapes that they claim to over write on a six month basis. They would have been extant at the time of the "crash".
Koskinen testified that no effort was made to recover the data from the tapes. That answer shows that he at least knew that to be an option. When asked WHY this was not done, he said it was too much work - too expensive.
This is a very thin cover story. It was fairly shocking when he threw it out there. Multiply this times the other six hard drives that are said to have "crashed" and obliterated emails from persons of interest. One of the Congressman did go into the probability of such happening within a time frame.
Now, I think they are going to try to sell this as unfortunate coincidence, aging equipment, overworked, underfunded staff, blah, blah, blah.
Slowly but surely some facts are coming out. One hopeful factoid caught me eye this morning. At the WH Press Briefing yesterday, it seems reporters were grilling Josh on how many world leaders Obama was talking with as opposed to how many Joe Biden was talking to.
Do we have confirmation that the WH counsel..the lady who used to work at the IRS.. who was subpoenaed will appear...
Maybe you are talking about SonaSoft? That was covered and the testimony was that it was utilized by the Chief Counsel Office for email backup of around 3,000 computers, not all of the IRS system.
I did not hear that their records had been accessed.
props to savedbygrace who DID point out that it WAS for the CCO and not the whole IRS.
I figure we can use the same one we did last night. Still on top in Breaking sidebar.
Last I heard is that the WH counsel and someone from Archives will appear.
Besides CSPAN, the House Oversight Committee had a stream going from their own website.
It could be that Cummings is freaking out over his involvement and is breaking down or it could have just been histrionics.
It was bizarre.
I kept thinking that that Mica had been reading Free Republic and had missed the point made by that poster.
“Koskinen testified that no effort was made to recover the data from the tapes. That answer shows that he at least knew that to be an option. When asked WHY this was not done, he said it was too much work - too expensive.”
My question would have been - if you didn’t have the funds or the technology to access it why didn’t you save it for Congress to make a decision about the expense.
Of course, Koskinen was not running IRS at the time.
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STARTING SOON: #IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails - Part 2. Watch live at 9:30:
Cont. LIVE thread?
This guy reeks of arrogance and dishonesty. Was he chosen by obama specifically to infuriate the American people? It p1$$es me off just to see the perpetual smug expression on his face.
Where is Vlad the impaler when you need him???
I’ve been saying it to everyone that cares...
They’ve (The usurper and his crew) got the goods on Issa, for that matter just about all of the current crop of congress. It makes no sense at all that the Repubs are not dropping the hammer down on these thugs. Every “scandal” is a slam dunk for the thugs doing a perp walk to the graybar.
I’ve read its because of Holder or that the Senate wouldn’t convict.. I just don’t buy it.
The only congress critters that speak out and that haven’t been neutered so to speak, are the ones they don’t have the dirt on. Ted Cruz and Trey Gowdy most notable.
Imagine if this were a Republican administration pulling this BS- The Dems would all be running around with their hair on fire screaming for impeachment, prison ETC.
Of course there is the collusion between the parties, They sure as heck don’t want the gravy train upset by us little ole conservatives/tea party types.
This guy is verbally spanking the committee GOP and then laughing. Not only is this unprofessional, he’s hostile.
He really deserves to be verbally slapped in the face.
Thank you, don. My opinion of you, which was already high, went up with that comment.
Looks like I was way off with my “educated guess” of the number of PCs covered. Whoa, 3,000.
Curious that the first thing you hear about Koskinen is that he's a troubleshooter and turnaround specialist from the private sector, but the deeper you dig the more political hack positions he's had.
He was also at OMB under Clinton and in charge of the Y2K Commission. Later Deputy Mayor for DC. Brought in by Bush to run Freddy Mac after the meltdown, with most Republicans in the Senate opposed to his confirmation.
No tax administration experience. Headed US Soccer and funded at soccer stadium for Duke U (not as impressive as it sounds, though -- some high schools have more impressive fields). At Lucianne.com somebody called him "the master of the angelic smirk."
I try. Credit needs given where credit is due. You, I believe alone, had this one right.