"Does a nonpartisan or nonpolitical agency withhold documents requested during a congressional investigation? The IRS does and did. You've been more concerned with managing the political fallout."
Those were the words of Rep. Darrell Issa, the House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman tasked with running congressional investigations into the IRS tea party targeting scandal. The remarks were aimed at the agency's new commissioner, IRS Chief John Koskinen, Wednesday, accusing him of being more concerned with managing the political fallout than cooperating with the probe, according to Politico.
The California Republican took Koskinen to task portraying his agencies production of documents requested by the committee as "dismal" in their pace.
Koskinen claimed the IRS employees have spent nearly 100,000 hours and $8 million (taxpayer dollars) sending more than 1 million pages of documents to the committees, Politico reported.
The IRS Chief, appearing defiant said, "We are working through the process. We never said we wouldn't provide those. We will provide, we are actually trying to, in an orderly way, conclude the investigation. You may want this investigation to go on forever," Politico reported.
He claims the "vast majority" of information requested by Congress has been sent and they are in the "the home stretch."
It is an incredulous statement that Issa would refute implicitly.
Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a committee member, said according to Politico, "Our witness today (Koskinen) won't get us former IRS official Lois Lerner's emails. The guy who can give us the emails won't give us the emails. The same people who pressured Lois Lerner to fix the problem are the same people who picked John Koskinen to finish the job."
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