‘You have a problem with credibility’: IRS chief comes under fire at House hearing

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Embattled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen weathered another round of heated questioning at a Monday night hearing where lawmakers challenged his credibility over the discovery that years’ worth of emails from ex-IRS official Lois Lerner have gone missing.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has subpoenaed a former IRS lawyer to testify at another hearing on the emails Tuesday morning, publicly tangled with Koskinen on Monday night. In one fiery exchange, Issa told him: “We have a problem with you and you have a problem with credibility.”

Koskinen appeared at the rare evening hearing on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the missing emails from Lerner, a key figure in the committee’s probe into the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. The agency claims the emails were lost in a 2011 computer crash.

He earlier had faced frustrated lawmakers on Friday before the House Ways and Means Committee. The commissioner has shown little hesitation in sparring with Republicans, inside and outside the hearing room. After Monday’s session, he told reporters he did not come out of retirement “to play games.”

In a heated back-and-forth with Issa, Koskinen said he had fulfilled his promise to the committee to provide it with all of Lerner’s emails and that there was no way to recover ones the agency said were lost in 2011.

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