‘This Is Not a TV Mystery’: Cleta Mitchell Slams IRS Over Lost Emails
Lawmakers hammered the IRS commissioner this evening at a hearing on the targeting scandal after the agency announced that it had lost Lois Lerner’s emails.
On June 3, 2011, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the IRS over the apparent targeting. Just 10 days later, Lerner’s computer crashed, erasing two years of emails.
From 2009-2011, when Lerner’s emails were destroyed, the IRS was working with an email archiving company, but the company says it doesn’t have the emails either.
Skeptical lawmakers have demanded that the IRS do a bit more to restore America’s faith in the agency.
House Oversight Committee member Michael Turner (R-OH) tonight said, “You should call the FBI, you should call for a special prosecutor.” He said the integrity of the IRS is at stake.
Attorney Cleta Mitchell, who represents True the Vote, a group targeted by the IRS, was on “The Kelly File” tonight.
"Now they're saying that they just conveniently lost the most relevant emails of the central figure in this investigation, who has pleaded the Fifth to avoid potential criminal prosecution? Really, this is not a TV mystery. This is real life,” she said.
Mitchell also said she doesn’t believe IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and that he is letting people tell him what to say.
Watch the full interview above.