IRS backs off initial denial of providing legal advice to employees before testifying

John Koskinen had told lawmakers Wednesday that the IRS doesn’t talk to employees who are going to sit for interviews with congressional investigators.“ Any employee who wants assistance in preparing for transcribed interviews may receive assistance from the Office of Chief Counsel,” Koskinen wrote to Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), the top lawmakers on the House Oversight subcommittee he testified before on Wednesday.

This is yet another walkback from Koskinen's prior testimony. If IRS lawyers are helping prep employees before those employees testify to Congress, it raises ethical concerns over whether the advice being given is intended to protect the individual employee or the agency as a whole. The lawyers could also be a source of information for IRS cover-up efforts seeking to stay ahead of a Congressional investigation.

This entry was published Mon Jul 28 10:44:34 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-07-25 14:40:23.0. [Tweet]

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