IRS chief: Producing documents could take years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Internal Revenue Service is telling House Republicans that it could take his agency years to produce documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency scrutinized tea party groups' applications for tax-exempt status.

John Koskinen (KAHS'-kihn-ihn) spoke to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, that panel's chairman, said Koskinen is more interested in containing political damage than cooperating with lawmakers.

The committee wants thousands of IRS and White House communications and other documents. Koskinen said the process is time consuming because private information about taxpayers by law must be deleted.

Among the documents Issa's committee wants are all emails sent to or received by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official in the middle of the controversy.

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