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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 901

IRS Logo 2Politico, Koskinen Back in the Hot Seat:

Let’s be honest: The Justice Department’s decision not to seek criminal charges against Lois Lerner or anyone else for the IRS controversy is about as surprising as the news dribbling out on a Friday afternoon. After all, The Wall Street Journal reported at the beginning of 2014 — more than 21 months ago — that this was the likely outcome. But the timing could make life uncomfortable for the IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, who returns to Capitol Hill to testify on Tuesday about the Senate Finance Committee’s findings [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4] on the agency’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status. The news, unsurprising as it is, that Lerner won’t face criminal charges will undoubtedly add a little edge to the GOP senators’ questioning of Koskinen — though the IRS chief at least won’t have to face the more strident House Republicans this time around.

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Comments

If the Republican house does not impeach this guy we need to impeach the Republican house.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Oct 27, 2015 8:18:34 AM

Did Lerner violate state laws?

Posted by: Dennis | Oct 27, 2015 9:23:49 AM

Now that Lois Lerner is apparently not going to be prosecuted, why not finally grant her immunity and get some further testimony from her?

Posted by: Joseph W. Mooney | Oct 29, 2015 5:44:01 AM

Mr. Mooney: Yours is a very good question. Given that Lerner is no longer under consideration for prosecution by the executive branch, there would seem to be no good reason for the House Oversight Committee not to grant her immunity. Unless, of course, the House Oversight Committee really doesn't want her testimony.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 29, 2015 7:04:25 AM