One again Trey Gowdy shows his chops, this time by educating IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on “spoliation of evidence,” a legal term meaning the jury can draw a negative inference if a party fails to preserve evidence that could be damaging.
“It’s common sense, right?” Gowdy asked.
After a making sure Commissioner Koskinen had a firm understanding of the concept, Gowdy continued by saying the Internal Revenue Service is not above the law and that this principle applies to the agency the same way it applies to the American people.
Backed into a corner, Koskinen deflected by asking, “Is this a trial? Is this a jury?”
The smug, arrogant response opened the floodgates to a whole new line of questioning by Gowdy.
“If you want to go down that road, I’ll be happy to go down that road with you, Commissioner,” Gowdy exclaimed. “In fact, I’m glad you mentioned it. You have already said multiple times today that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing,” Gowdy said. “I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you’ve evaluated.”
“How would you know what elements of the crime existed?” Gowdy asked. “You don’t even know what statutes are in play.”
This led to a lengthy discussion about White House involvement.