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The committee grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Monday in a hearing that lasted more than three hours. (Source: CNN) The committee grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Monday in a hearing that lasted more than three hours. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) - The House Oversight Committee holds a second day of hearings Tuesday morning, as Republicans look into the loss of thousands of emails in the IRS targeting scandal.

The committee grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Monday in a hearing that lasted more than three hours.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa accused the IRS of not producing documents that embarrass the agency.

"I said I would provide all the emails; we are providing all the emails." Koskinen said. "I never said I would provide you emails we didn't have."

The emails are from former IRS Administrator Lois Lerner, whose division forced some tea party and other political groups to go through a more difficult process for tax-exempt status. Lerner says she did nothing wrong, but she has frustrated investigators by refusing to testify.

Republican lawmakers demanded to know why they didn't learn months ago about the loss of those emails.

"You don't remember who came up to you and said, 'Hey, boss. We lost Lois Lerner's emails.' You don't remember anything about that situation?" Rep. Jim Jordan, R – Ohio, said.

"I remember being told in April," Koskinen said.

"But you don't remember who told you?" Jordan asked.

"I do not recall who told me, no." Koskinen responded.

Democrats accused Republicans of conducting a witch hunt. The White House issued a similar statement.

"There is not a single shred of evidence to substantiate the Republican conspiracy theories that they continue to, mysteriously, talk about," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

The Republican-led committee has subpoenaed Jennifer O'Connor, a former IRS attorney who now works for the White House, which contends that she left the agency before it knew about the loss of Lerner's emails and has no information to offer.

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