U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wasted no time going after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Monday in an attempt to get to the bottom of Lois Lerner’s missing emails.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pressed Koskinen during a rare evening hearing, asking why all Lerner’s emails weren’t backed up on the server. Some were kept on the C-drive of her computer.
“All emails are not official records under any official records act,” Koskinen said, seeming to contradict IRS rules that require printing all emails and a backup of all systems, according to The Blaze.
Koskinen blamed a budget shortfall, saying it would cost $30 million to overhaul the backup systems.
That’s a drop in the bucket for the IRS’s $1.8 billion IT budget, Issa pointed out.
“On $1.8 billion, isn’t the retention of key documents that the American people need to count on, like whether or not they’re being honestly treated by your employees?” Issa asked. “Isn’t that, in fact, a priority that should’ve allowed for full retention?”
After more back and forth, Issa let his anger show.
“My time has expired and I’ve lost my patience with you,” he said.
Watch the exchange here:
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