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IRS Chief Apologizes to Congress for Lost Information


WASHINGTON (AP) — The commissioner of the IRS is apologizing to Congress for information his agency lost and inaccurate statements he made during congressional investigations of its treatment of tea party and other conservative groups.


John Koskinen is facing an impeachment effort by House conservatives, and he's set to testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. That panel released his opening statement late Tuesday.


Koskinen's statement doesn't provide specifics.


But in documents his lawyers circulated last week, they noted that he told lawmakers in June 2014 that no emails had been destroyed. And, they say, it wasn't until June 2015 that he learned that a computer hard drive containing numerous emails had been destroyed by IRS workers back in 2011.


Koskinen is opposing the impeachment effort.


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