There oughtta be a law against serial stupidity of the John Koskinen kind. This IRS Commish gives the IRS a bad name. (And that’s really sayin’ somethin’.) But Trey Gowdy is having none of it. Gowdy shows why he never lost a case as a former federal prosecutor in this grilling of an arrogant jerk of a commish.
Charming, commish. Just charming.
Note Koskinen’s smart-alecky responses – “I gave it up for Lent one year” – regarding “foliation of evidence,” failure to preserve evidence and whether or not his “no evidence of criminal wrong doing” is based on anything other than grape Jell-o.
Gowdy: You have already said multiple times today that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing. I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you’ve evaluated.”
Koskinen: “I have not looked at any.” (We’re still running the dog ate my homework defense? is that the best little Johnny can do?)
Gowdy: “Well then how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens that there’s not criminal wrongdoing if you don’t even know what statutes to look at?”
“How would you know what elements of the crime existed? You don’t even know what statutes are in play.”
Back-peddling furiously, Koskinen responds with “common sense” to explain his “no evidence of” conclusion. He also tries to maintain that there was no intentional criminal act involved in the targeting of conservative groups, a claim that should get him a twofer life membership in the Flat Earth Society.
Koskinen trots out that tired old DemoLib canard about Republicans obsessed with tying the White House to the IRS scandal. Gowdy ably deconstructs that DemoLib talking point, citing foliation of evidence and noting that it was Jay Carney who perpetuated the “two rogue agents in Cincinnati” myth and Obama who inserted, straight-faced, the “not a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS defense. And we thought Rumpelstilskin was a great fairy tale.
Gowdy: “It was Jay Carney that perpetuated the myth that it was two rogue agents in Ohio, it wasn’t any of us. Was that accurate?”
Koskinen: “Not that I know of.” (Whew. At least the commish “knows”… something.)
Gowdy: “So that was inaccurate and that came from the White House. Who said there’s not a smidgen of corruption?”
Koskinen: “My understanding is that was the president.”
Gowdy: “So that’s Jay Carney and the president both inserting themselves into the IRS scandal. And you want to blame us for bringing the White House into it?”
Koskinen: “I haven’t blamed you at all.”
Gowdy: “You just did, commissioner. You just did.”
Koskinen is so far in over his head, he couldn’t find his ears with a road map.
What’re the odds Benghazi witnesses are sweating bullets over the prospect of facing Gowdy in the “phoney scandal” that included four Americans coming home in body bags?
One more thing. Did I say “serial stupidity”? No. That’s not it. The galactic arrogance of this commish is a predictable manifestation of the supercilious elitism and lawlessness characteristic of The Man Who Would Be King and his willing lackeys.
It’s not stupid. It’s Who They Are.
Remember in November.