VIDEO: Trey Gowdy Lights Up Obama IRS Commish: ‘Words Have Consequences, Mr. Koskinen!’
July 23, 2014 By Jennifer Burke
After spending years colluding with the IRS in their targeted attack of the Tea Party and months blocking and obfuscating the congressional investigation, Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings called for an end to what he referred to as the “public harassment” of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Cummings objected to Koskinen being made to appear once again before the House Oversight committee to answer questions regarding Lois Lerner’s hard drive. The IRS claimed that it crashed and was destroyed. However, as TPNN reported yesterday, Lerner’s hard drive was merely ‘scratched’ and the data was recoverable.
Watching Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who is also the chair of the Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, it’s obvious why Cummings wanted to play protector instead of investigator, as his role on the House Oversight Committee requires.
Gowdy begins his questioning with a simple question. He said, “I’m going to read a quote for you from June 2014 and I want you to tell me if you know who said it. Okay? We confirmed the back up tapes from 2011 no longer existed because they had been recycled pursuant to the IRS normal policy.”
He then asked, “Do you know who said that?”
Koskinen responded, “Sounds like me.”
Gowdy continued with his line of questioning and the failure of the IRS itself to fully investigate the alleged crashing of Lerner’s hard drive, as well as the decision by the government to destroy it with the claim that any data on it was unrecoverable.
Focusing on the word ‘confirmed,’ Gowdy stressed to Koskinen, a major Democrat and Obama donor, that confirmed is a very strong word that should not be used lightly.
In past appearances before the committee, Koskinen has been very condescending and dismissive. Though he attempted these tactics with Gowdy, they did not work.
Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, is known to be a masterful interrogator. As he interacted with Koskinen, telling him to watch his words because they have consequences, the Left must be shaking in their boots at the thought of other Obama officials sitting before the House Select Committee on Benghazi subject to Gowdy’s questioning.