WASHINGTON D.C. - Northeast Florida Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis from St. Augustine tells WOKV News he doesn’t think anyone is buying the IRS’ explanation for how hundreds of emails from former official Lois Lerner went missing.
“We calculated the odds of that occurring innocently to be one one-hundredth of one percent,” DeSantis says. “And that’s based on figures that the IRS gave us in terms of their hard drive failure rate.”
The IRS has maintained that because of hard drive crashes, emails from former officials cannot be retrieved. Republicans in Congress are requesting the emails as part of their investigation into the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal.
DeSantis believes that the IRS is “stonewalling” and “hiding evidence” from Congress,” and people need to be held accountable.
“The next task is moving it beyond simply the dog and pony show of hearings and take it to something that’s more concrete,” he says.
DeSantis says they should hold officials like IRS Commissioner John Koshkinen accountable for providing “false information.”
Commissioner Koshkinen tells Congress that congressional investigators were informed months ago that former official Lois Lerner had computer problems back in 2011, and emails provided last fall showed that her computer had crashed.
DeSantis says the IRS would never accept the explanations given to the American people if the taxpayer were to give that to the IRS.
“I just don’t think we can continue having a situation in which people in positions of power get to live under a different set of rules than the rest of the country,” DeSantis says.