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Posted on 06/25/2014 5:40:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Here at SteynOnline every cutting-edge pop culture reference has to be at least three-quarters of a century old. So, watching the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, I found him a dead ringer for Guy Kibbee, the beaming befuddled sugar daddy who was a mainstay at Warner Brothers in the early Thirties. Mr Koskinen is a Democrat sugar daddy who has given generously to his party since the Seventies: He's not the kind of sober civil servant you'd appoint if you were looking to signal to America that King Barack's revenue collectors are cleaning house and returning, chastened, to their previous role as a boringly non-partisan nest of punitive auditors. If you suspected that the Administration's plan was to stonewall until things die down and it was safe to resume ruining the lives of its opponents, Koskinen's performance in recent days would have more or less confirmed it.
On his previous appearance before Congress, the IRS Commissioner gave false testimony. As he has now conceded, he has known since February that Lois Lerner's and other officials' emails were "lost" and "irretrievable". Gone, forever, and the hard drives destroyed. Yet the following month he was asked by Trey Gowdy why the IRS was taking so long to cough up the requested emails, and said that it was because they had to be "screened".
That was a lie. He knew as he said those words that "the problem wasn't that the IRS needed more time to screen emails; the problem was that IRS didn't have the emails".
That false testimony may partially explain why Congressman Gowdy wasn't in the mood for a repeat performance yesterday. Click and enjoy:
I enjoyed watching Congressman Gowdy elicit from Commissioner Koskinen that when he declared that there was "no evidence of criminal wrongdoing....
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Kim Jong Style!
The following GOP Senators voted to confirm Koskinen as IRS Commissioner:
Richard Burr (NC)
Susan Collins (ME)
Orrin Hatch (UT)
Bob Corker (TN)
Rob Portman (OH)
There is no evidence, that the L. Lerner e-mail messages are lost.