Rep. Darrell Issa at a House meeting. Photo courtesy Issa’s office

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-49) on Monday subpoenaed Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about email records lost by another IRS official

The committee, which Issa chairs, has been investigating the activities of former IRS official Lois Lerner from January 2009 to April 2011 in connection with alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

In a letter accompanying the subpoena, Issa criticized the loss of the email records and charged the IRS with “obstruction and game-playing” in response to the investigation.

“Congress passed the Federal Records Act (FRA) to preserve key documents—such as those that were stored on Lerner’s hard drive—for production to congressional investigators and other stakeholders,” Issa wrote. “The failure of you and your predecessors to take timely steps to prevent the loss or destruction of electronic records may impair the effort to fully understand how and why the IRS inappropriately targeted conservative applicants for tax-exempt status.

“I will not tolerate your continued obstruction and game-playing in response to the Committee’s investigation of the IRS targeting.  For too long, the IRS has promised to produce requested – and, later, subpoenaed – documents, only to respond later with excuses and inaction.  Despite your empty promises and broken commitments to cooperation, the IRS still insists on flouting Constitutional congressional oversight. “

The subpoena requires Koskinen’s appearance and testimony before the committee next Monday in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Issa represents coastal San Diego from Del Mar north, plus Vista and San Marcos, as well as large parts of South Orange County.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.