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IRS Commissioner Grilled by Republicans

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Republicans grilled the IRS Commissioner at a lengthy hearing held late last night about missing IRS emails. It's part of a wider investigation into how the IRS treated tea party groups applying for tax exempt status. Susan McGinnis is in Washington with the story.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee demanded answers from IRS commissioner John Koskinen during a heated Monday night hearing.

Darrell Issa says, "I asked a question."

Koskinen says, "And I answered it."

Committee chair Darrell Issa slammed Koskinen for allegedly misleading lawmakers in March.

He said he would turn over emails of Lois Lerner, the IRS executive at center of an investigation into the agency targeting tea party groups applying for tax exempt status.

But, earlier this month the IRS altered congress that a computer had crashed in 2011 and destroyed some of her emails.

Koskinen says, "All of the emails that we have will be provided. I did not say I would prove you emails that disappeared. If you have a magical way for me to do that I'd be happy to know about it."  

Some Democrats on the committee defended Koskinan and say there is no evidence the computer crash was part of cover–up as some Republicans have suggested.

Connolly says, "The fact that you would be subjected tonight to be barrage of innuendo and accusations backed up by nothing for the purpose of political theater is to me reckless and disgraceful."  

A White House attorney subpoenaed by Congressman Issa, will testify today during another oversight hearing.

Lerner, who is now retired from the IRS, has refused to testify at two Oversight Committee hearings, invoking her constitutional right against self–incrimination.