IRS head says no laws broken with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP/NBC) — The head of the IRS says he’s seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the agency’s targeting of political groups.

Republicans in Congress aren’t buying it. On Tuesday, they will hear from a White House official who once worked at the IRS.

Jennifer O’Connor helped the agency gather documents related to the congressional investigations. She has since moved to the White House counsel’s office.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed O’Connor on Monday night after the White House declined his invitation to have her testify. After getting the subpoena, the White House relented.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Monday brushed aside accusations that the IRS has obstructed the investigations.

Koskinen faced a tough exchange Monday night with lawmakers as heated talks continued in Washington into the late-night hours over those lost emails by the IRS.

The issue is over two years-worth of emails that Congress wants to see that have been destroyed.

Some Republicans think that was no accident.

The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, the now-retired IRS employee who headed the office that determines whether groups seeking tax exempt status are too political.

Some conservative groups were allegedly under extra scrutiny.

Lawmakers believe the emails could explain why.

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