VIDEO: And By The Way, Others At That Hearing Beat Koskinen Up As Well

We had the video last night of Trey Gowdy’s tour de force interrogation of IRS commissioner John Koskinen from last night’s hearing, focusing on the concept of spoliation of evidence and the legal presumption that destroying evidence of a potentially damaging nature in the midst of an investigation or legal conflict confers an assumption the evidence is what the opposition says it is.

But here’s another video from last night’s hearing, in which Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) grills Koskinen on the question of when he learned, after claiming that all of Lois Lerner’s e-mails would be released to the investigators, that two years of them were lost.

Koskinen’s answer wasn’t particularly convincing. He can’t say when he learned of the loss, other than that it happened in April of this year, he can’t say how he learned that information, who told it to him or what he did with that information.

In subsequent exchanges with Jordan Koskinen claimed that he had nothing to do with the fact that the counsel for the Treasury Department notified the White House counsel about the lost e-mails in April, and he also said that he didn’t want to give piecemeal disclosures to Congress for fear they would be abused.

That was when the House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said he found it insulting that Koskinen was saying the White House is responsible with information and his committee isn’t. Issa has a point given the White House’s spotty record on transparency.

Jordan and Gowdy weren’t the only suppliers of fireworks at the hearing. Here was Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), delving into the question of archiving of Lois Lerner’s e-mails, and this six-month “disaster recovery tape” which supposedly backs up all the e-mails, and what looks like a running-out of the clock so that the e-mails would disappear…

And then there was Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who questioned Koskinen on his claim that the IRS computers, per “industry standard,” will suffer hard drive crashes at the rate of three to five percent per year. Some quick math indicates that Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashing just 10 days after she’s asked to produce e-mails is suspiciously improbable; Koskinen tried to challenge Massie’s calculations on that and got a good dose of rank pulled on him for his trouble…

And on the Democrat side, there was Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), he of the peculiar set of bottom teeth, who sought to rehabilitate Koskinen on the basis of the IRS’ spartan budget which doesn’t allow for the backup of e-mails by top officials engaged in legally dubious activity. Our readers may remember this “Republicans cut our budget and this is what happens when you cut our budget” gambit was tried during the Benghazi hearings…

In short, the hearing was every bit the horror show for the IRS that it was advertised to be, with one

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