GOP rep. calls for IRS special prosecutor

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Tuesday called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service after the agency claimed that two years' worth of Lois Lerner's emails were lost due to a computer crash.

Poe said that the reason given by the IRS for the inability to provide the emails from 2009 to mid-2011 to Congress was not credible.

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"Isn't that an oddly convenient disappearance?" Poe said on the House floor. "Have they gone the same place the missing 18 Nixon tapes went?"

Poe said the case merited a special prosecutor.

"It's time for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS and find out where, oh where, have those emails gone?" Poe said.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means Committee in May that the IRS would give the committee all of Lerner’s emails. 

Also in May, the House passed a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel for the IRS investigation. 

Bernie Becker contributed.