Breaking: House Republicans Move to Impeach IRS Chief

John Koskinen

John Koskinen

Remember that quaint little dance step IRS operatives trotted out to Congress when the agency got caught targeting conservatives? The “shoulder shrug sashay” wobbled somewhere between unabashed arrogance and parsimonious patronizing. That Potomac Two-Step left a bad taste in a lot of mouths, including House Republicans’. And they’re doing something about it.

On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, along with 18 other Republicans on the committee introduced a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Chaffetz said in a Tuesday statement:

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“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.”

The subpoena demanded records relating to Lois Lerner’s role in the IRS scandal that targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups. Koskinen refused to comply. Republicans say the IRS erased 422 backup tapes that included thousands of Lerner’s missing emails.

Chaffetz also said Koskinen offered false testimony to Congress when he claimed Lerner’s emails were unrecoverable, and failed to tell Congress that some evidence was missing. Chaffetz noted:

“Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress.”

Okay. So “confidence” and “IRS” should never appear in the same sentence. But it’s a start. Now if they could just use the same “appropriate tool” against a certain occupant of the Oval Office.

H/T: Washington Examiner, Fox News


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A multi-published author and recovering Democrat, Kristine Lowder is a native Californian recently transplanted to the People's Republic of Washington State. She still refuses to cede her life, fortune, or sacred honor to liberal Nazgul or anyone else with poor eyesight. Kristine is a graduate of Biola University. You can find her online at: Kristine Lowder, Writer or at Conservelocity.
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