House Republicans Announce Plans to Impeach IRS Commissioner
House Republicans are seeking to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for violating the public trust, just days after the Department of Justice declined to bring charges against Lois Lerner.
According to CNN, the effort to impeach Koskinen was announced by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who said, “Commissioner Koskinen violated the public trust. He failed to comply with a congressionally issued subpoena, documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled. Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress.”
Koskinen testified to Congress in June of 2014 and got scolded quite a bit over how the agency apparently was missing lots of Lerner’s emails. Koskinen was even grilled on CNN about that “crashed hard drive” excuse.
Democrat Elijah Cummings fired back at the announcement in a statement dismissing it as a “Republican obsession with diving into investigative rabbit holes that waste tens of millions of taxpayer dollars while having absolutely no positive impact on a single American.”
The IRS issued this brief statement:
The IRS vigorously disputes the allegations in the resolution. We have fully cooperated with all of the investigations.
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