This video is from the recent hearing regarding IRS targeting of conservative groups in order to subvert the 2010 and 2012 elections. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has just told the congressional panel that two years of subpoenaed emails had been lost because of a “hard drive failure”, and that the hard drive itself had been destroyed and then buried deep within a landfill. This despite continued assurances over a period of nearly a year that the IRS had possession of these emails and would turn them over to congressional investigators. Despite this, John Koskinen refused to apologize and even became indignant when questioned about the matter, as it was all simply an “honest mistake”.
Paul Ryan’s response to John Koskinen is priceless.
“Nobody believes you.”
The IRS is compelled by US law to keep its records. Even if Koskinen is to believed, the IRS is guilty of gross negligence in the way it manages its email and record keeping system, so an apology and a thorough investigation is in order. However, Koskinen just shrugs his shoulders and says “Trust us”, and then gets upset when called on his bat guano.
In a different universe, Paul Ryan would have said something to the effect of, “I’m going to go to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. I’m going to get medieval on you. ” Of course, in the context of Washington DC, that is pretty much exactly what he said.
Let’s just hope that Ryan is not just all talk.
(H/t Red State)