Congress grills IRS Commissioner: ‘I’ve lost my patience with you’

It’s been a rough week for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. On Friday, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) excoriated Koskinen’s credibility saying, “[N]obody believes you.” Monday night, the beating continued, this time with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) grilling the commissioner.

On radio this morning, Glenn voiced his frustration with establishment Republicans who aren’t taking the IRS investigation seriously because all they care about it government control.

“You know why the Republicans aren’t stopping the IRS? The reason why those guys aren’t doing it is because they want this tool at their disposal so when they get in charge, they will be able to use this. You think the Tea Party has problems now? Wait until Mitch McConnell can use those powers of the IRS,” Glenn said. “Nixon was impeached for less. 18 minutes of missing tape. How about all these servers? How about the e-mails? It makes no sense… Why is nobody talking about that in Congress? Because they don’t want to shut this machine down.”

Glenn did, however praise Gowdy and Issa for throwing down the gauntlet.

“Trey Gowdy is fantastic. Darrell Issa is fantastic. But I don’t really look at those guys as Republicans quite honestly,” he said. “The Republicans are the people like, you know, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell. Those are the Republicans.”

To begin, Glenn played the exchange between Gowdy and Koskinen during which Gowdy accuses the commissioner of not being familiar with the criminal code even though he has testified there is no evidence of criminal misconduct at the IRS.

“That’s a nice grilling right there,” Pat said. “He would have decimated Lindsey Graham, but he chose not to run. He’s dead to me.”

In regards to not challenging Graham in South Carolina, Glenn shared details from a private conversation he had with Gowdy.

“I have talked to Trey Gowdy before… [and]I asked him, you know, ‘How’s your soul?’ We had a conversation off the air… I asked him about his wife. I mean his wife is the strong one between them. And he and his wife got together and prayed, and he feels like… this is where [he’s] supposed to be,” Glenn explained. “He’s not doing it for political reasons… He really believes this is where he’s supposed to be. And after hearing testimony like that, I think he might be right.”

Glenn then played Issa’s opening remarks to Koskinen, which were equally caustic. Issa blasted Koskinen for dodging questions about when he learned about Lois Lerner’s lost emails, and why it took so long to tell Congress. Ultimately, Issa dismissed the commissioner entirely saying, “My time has expired and I’ve lost my patience with you.”

“It is so important that you take things like this… and you send it to your friends so they hear,” Glenn concluded. “If you don’t think the Republicans will use this… exact same tool against you. Progressives, Republicans, Democrats, it doesn’t matter. They are going to use this against you. That’s why nobody is paying attention to this… All they are into is destroying of their enemies, and look the arrogance of this guy.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • landofaahs

    Special prosecutor on IRS scandal, Benghazi, Fast and furious. Piven in reverse. Hammer them constantly.

  • Pearls to Swine

    This guy Gowdy is good.

  • Anonymous

    Hat’s off to both Daryl Issa and Trey Gowdy for not accepting the spin that is being put out by this administration. I say BRAVO.

  • Anonymous

    Solution——Defund IRS, if IRS wants to work make conditions!

  • shashiznick

    The biggest enemy of the American people is the main stream media. How absurd it is that such lawlessness can go unchecked and any of the news outlets maintain credibility. Die already msm.

  • Craig Johnson

    What a spin–our computers are so old & not working properly! Didn’t I hear the IRS gave out $10 MILLION in BONUS to those cover-uppers! That’s our money & I want mine back!! Prove the IRS quilty of destroying evidence & put them in jail-Trey, Issa, Paul Ryan, & others–Thanks!!

  • Anonymous

    Hey IRS, You’ve Been Gowdy’d…how’s it feel to get some of your own medicine ! What’s wrong, Dog eat your homework, no one believes you or your lies…Obama’s IRS has just lost all credibility with the American People. There’s a political storm coming, and the DEMS and RINO’s are about to be struck by lightening! ABOUT TIME.

  • Anonymous

    If I were guilty of anything, I would not want Mr Gowdy questioning me. I would crumble like an old cookie. I would end up confessing to the Lindberg baby kidnapping. Anything to have him stop

  • livefreeordiehard

    I love Trey Gowdy.

  • livefreeordiehard

    You’ve Been Gowdy’d – Very Good!!!

  • Anonymous

    Question after 10 days after intial investigtion got started ,was the date for lois lerner computer crash !!! Now the IRS slinging the BS to congress and U.S citizens that up to that date of the computer crash all that data for two years didn’t go to the back up systems ,archive or three different storage location all this should of been done instantly and automaticly !!! Maybe IRS sling some more bull that back up system were not in place or for them to crash too specially for Lois Lerner e-mail s only ???? Or the receiving computers of Lois Lerner e-mail crash too destroying what was sent to lois Lerner and receive from Lois Lerner ??????

  • Anonymous

    All a charade in an election year. Some far away day when Jesus returns this will be straightened out. until then we’re toast.

  • Mudpie

    Sure, Boehner will be doing just that. I can see it now.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot believe all these people covering for Obama. I would never put my integrity on the line for anyone. It is amazing the low life’s all over our government in DC. And I will bet donuts to dollars some of these people fear for their life under Obama. Just look at all the dead people under Clintons years in office that just died all of a sudden. We have a very evil government now that will do anything to stay in power.

  • lil-echoes

    One thing for sure, Koskinen won’t make any Brownie Points off Trey Gowdy. When Koskinen acted as arrogant as he did, that was his defense he has something to hide.