After being selected earlier this year to head the investigation into the deadly 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy proved Monday that he is also dedicated to exposing the ongoing IRS scandal. He took on the agency’s commissioner, John Koskinen, who attempted to perpetuate the claim that countless vital emails to and from former official Lois Lerner were lost in a 2011 hard drive crash.
Lerner is at the center of an investigation by two House committees attempting to determine who else was involved in the IRS targeting of conservative groups prior to the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. Gowdy worked toward eliciting specific answers through his direct questioning of Koskinen.
“You have already said multiple times today that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing,” he said. “I want you to tell me what criminal statues you’ve evaluated.”
When Koskinen admitted he had not “looked at any,” Gowdy shot back: “Well then, how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens that there’s not criminal wrongdoing if you don’t even know what statutes to look at?”
Ultimately, the commissioner alleged he relied on common sense instead of the law, which resulted in another outburst by the incredulous Gowdy and an increasingly exasperated witness.
“You can shake your head all you want to, Commissioner,” Gowdy continued. “You have said today that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, and I’m asking you what criminal statutes you have reviewed to reach that conclusion.”
Before Koskinen could complete his assertion that the White House could be exonerated from any involvement in the scandal, Gowdy pointed out the apparent fallacy of his argument.
“It was Jay Carney that perpetuated the myth that it was two rogue agents in Ohio; it wasn’t any of us,” the former prosecutor said.
He then went on to bring up Barack Obama’s statements regarding the scandal.
“Who said there’s not a smidgen of corruption?” he asked.
“My understanding is that was the president,” Koskinen conceded.
“So that’s Jay Carney and the president both inserting themselves into the IRS scandal,” he concluded. “And you want to blame us for bringing the White House into it?”
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