The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service refused to apologize to Congress Friday for losing e-mails related to its targeting of conservative groups, saying it’s still attempting to recover the data and it’s too soon to know how many e-mails are missing.
“I don’t think an apology is owed,” Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means Committee. “Every e-mail has been preserved that we have.”
In his most contentious hearing since becoming commissioner six months ago, Koskinen testified about efforts the IRS has made to recover e-mails that were lost when Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive crashed in 2011. Lerner is the former director of the Exempt Organizations office that held up the tax exemption applications of conservative groups from February 2010 through the 2012 election.
Ways and Means Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., pressed Koskinen on why he didn’t notify Congress about the problem with Lerner’s e-mails when he first found out about it in February.