Sen. Dan CoatsDan CoatsWeek ahead: Trump pick for intel director heads before Congress DNI official challenges reports of low morale in intelligence community Trust the states — we'll deliver on healthcare 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."
"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."