Issa to IRS Commissioner: ‘You Have a Problem Maintaining Credibility’

by Molly Wharton

Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) thinks that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has lost Issa’s trust. “We have a problem with you, and you have a problem maintaining credibility,” he said at the IRS Targeting Investigation Thursday night. 

Issa explained that the commissioner will say he has produced thousands of documents which will be an “impressive number,” but that it will not include the documents that “embarrass” him. “You promised to produce the documents; you did not,” he said. “You promised to be candid and forthcoming; you were not.”

In a previous hearing, Jim Jordan (R., Oh.) had questioned Koskinen’s integrity, and Issa explained he defended the commissioner at the time, and even apologized to him for Jordan’s comments. “I wish I could take that [apology] back,” Issa said to Koskinen. “You believe you earned trust before you came here and it was yours to lose,” Issa continued. “I believe you needed to earn our trust and you failed at this task.”

He concluded, “the American people do not believe the IRS is dealing fairly with them in this investigation.”

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