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Published on Jul 28, 2014 – 1:45:01

Rep. Trey Gowdy wiped the smirk off IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s face Wednesday throughout a scathing fight that marked Koskinen’s third look prior to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The issue was Koskinen’s statement prior to the committee in June where he stated he had “verified” that backup tapes of previous IRS official Lois Lerner’s e-mail had actually been recycled, making it impossible to recover e-mails the committee is looking for.

Lerner’s missing e-mails are an essential part of the committee investigation that the IRS had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra examination.

Last Monday, the panel released statement from another IRS worker who indicated it is possible some information from Lerner’s computer might be retrievable from backup tapes after all.