Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDon’t throw the baby out with the BATwater Overnight Cybersecurity: DHS bans agencies from using Kaspersky software | Panel calls Equifax CEO to testify | Facebook pulling ads from fake news Mueller investigation focusing on social media's role in 2016 election: report MORE (R-Ind.) on Monday said the Internal Revenue Service's assertion that it had lost two years' worth of Lois Lerner's emails was difficult to believe.

"It defies incredulity," Coats said on the Senate floor. "It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious."

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Coats said it seemed unlikely that there was no way of recovering any of the missing emails.

"Even though we live in a day and age where nothing virtually nothing ever disappears from the internet, the IRS wants us to believe these emails are lost for good," Coats said.

Coats demanded the IRS give a more thorough explanation of how it lost the emails, as well as Lerner's role in the agency's scrutiny of conservative nonprofits applying for tax-exempt status.

"The IRS owes every American taxpayer an apology," Coats said. "But an apology is not enough. We need answers."