Rep. Paul Ryan Accuses IRS Head of Misleading Congress

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A defiant head of the IRS has refused to apologize for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency's targeting of tea party and other groups.

Commissioner John Koskinen testified Friday before the House Ways and Means Committee, at one point accusing its chairman, Dave Camp, of misleading the public by making false statements based on incomplete information.

The contentious back-and-forth didn't end there. Later in the hearing, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republicans' vice presidential candidate two years ago, told Koskinen bluntly that "nobody believes you."

Koskinen was called to testify a week after the IRS disclosed that it had lost an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner. The IRS says it lost Lerner's emails when her computer crashed in June 2011. Republicans say they suspect the emails may have been deleted as part of a cover up.

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