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Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan grills IRS commissioner over missing e-mails

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during Peterson Institute 2013 Fiscal Summit on Facing the Future in Washington, May
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during Peterson Institute 2013 Fiscal Summit on Facing the Future in Washington, May

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville was among Republicans who grilled the IRS commissioner Friday about a former agency official's missing e-mails.

John Koskinen appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee. He refused to apologize for the loss of IRS e-mails concerning the allegations that the nation's tax agency unfairly investigated tea party groups.

A week ago, the IRS confirmed it could not produce some e-mails from the central figure in the matter -- former agency official Lois Lerner -- because her computer had crashed in 2011.

Koskinen told lawmakers the hard drive was recycled, and presumably, it was destroyed. He told the House panel Friday he would not give Congress any more details about the lost e-mails until his agency's review is finished.

He cited media statements from Republicans as inaccurate -- and as he put it, "We're not going to dribble out the information and have it played out in the press."

Ryan said he didn't believe Koskinen's version of the story. Koskinen said it was the first time anyone alleged that they didn't believe him during his long government career.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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