Blog: Coats on IRS scandal: 'Trust is broken'

2014-06-23T17:30:00Z 2014-06-23T17:44:04Z Blog: Coats on IRS scandal: 'Trust is broken' nwitimes.com

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said on the Senate floor Monday that even though he's not a big fan of special prosecutors, the lost emails in the IRS scandal merit a special prosecutor with subpoena power "to get to the bottom of this mess."

“When a so-called independent agency of the federal government attacks average American citizens for expressing their beliefs, a fundamental trust is broken,” said Coats. “This trust must be restored. We owe it to the American taxpayers to reveal the full truth of what happened at the IRS and to repair the damage of this agency’s reckless actions.”

A little more than a year ago, former director Lois Lerner disclosed that IRS agents had improperly scrutinized applications by tea party and other conservative groups from 2010 to 2012.

The Justice Department and three congressional committees, including Ways and Means, are investigating the IRS.

Recently, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen claimed that the hard drive belonging to Lerner crashed in 2011 and tens of thousands of emails dating back to 2009 were lost.

The IRS commissioner also dismissed a call by U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., for a special prosecutor to investigate, saying it would be "a monumental waste of taxpayer funds."

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