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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives moved on a pledge first made during the summer and introduced a resolution to impeach Internal Revenue Services Commissioner John Koskinen.

The resolution accused Koskinen of making false statements under oath and with failing to properly respond to congressionally-issued subpoenas for evidence. Koskinen did not become commissioner until late in 2013, and he was not charged with any wrongdoing prior to that date, but with actions taken once he assumed his position.

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The charges both have to do with how Koskinen responded to congressional inquiries and requests for emails belonging to Lois Lerner.

Lerner was the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS during the time the service was charged with having targeted conservative and pro-Israel organizations in their applications for tax-exempt status.

A subpoena was issued to the IRS on Aug. 2, 2013, seeking all of Lerner’s communications during the relevant time period. On Feb. 14 that subpoena was reissued to Koskinen, after he was confirmed as IRS Commissioner.

On March 4, 2014, an IRS employee destroyed as many as 24,000 of Lerner’s emails. The destruction of those emails took place after the congressional subpoena was issued for Lerner’s emails.

On March 26, Koskinen swore that all of Lois Lerner’s emails would be produced to the committee. Koskinen also testified to the investigating committee on June 20, 2014, that “since the start of this investigation every email has been preserved. Nothing has been lost. Nothing has been destroyed.”

The resolution charges Koskinen with high crimes and misdemeanors for failing to preserve IRS records in accordance with the subpoena and for making false and misleading statements to Congress. He also was charged with withholding the information about the destruction of Lerner’s emails and for general incompetence for failing to uncover emails that were recoverable and for overseeing a lackluster investigation.

The impeachment resolution was introduced by House Investigative Committee chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and co-sponsored by 18 other committee members.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. include that mslm in the white house for a two-for-one special… Nobody can be accused of more false statements, lies, perjury, falsifying documents and birth-certificates or failure to comply with anything pertaining for the good of the American people – than him

  2. By George Todd:
    NEVER has the United States scrapped the bottom of the barrel, as it did when Obama was forced upon the United States. He is a menace; a demagogue; an ideologue; a racist; a narcissistic megalomaniac; a weak, selfish, radical communist; completely inexperienced, unqualified, and unworthy, to be President. Today, as he glared, Obama’s longest serving Cabinet clone, the Secretary of Education, announced he’s leaving after 6 1/2 years, “to spend more time with my family and maybe go to a movie. (ha ha)”. Barry’s rats are all starting to jump ship, as more and more United States Citizens are admitting that Obama is the United States’ worst nightmare, EVER. Obama immediately appointed a “temporary” replacement, “because temporary replacements are NOT subject to Congressional approval”. Way to weasel-rule, Barry.

  3. Sadly this is just another Republican exercise in futility. Obama's inJustice Department refused to prosecute Lois Lerner despite the fact she committed perjury, obstructed justice and destroyed evidence used in the commission of a crime. If Lerner had been in the private sector she would have been prosecuted under the RICO statutes.

  4. S.Bichen I mean Michen Stop day dreaming and read the facts, he is not good for our country, our country is divided because of him, So meany lives have been lost because of him,Isreal is under murderes attack be cause they thinkc our country will not interfear. You left wing Bozo. I. Lee

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