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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 909

IRS Logo 2New York Post editorial, Yes, the IRS Chief Has Earned Impeachment:

He still won’t wipe that smirk off his face, but the House of Representatives is quite right to get the ball rolling on impeaching IRS chief John Koskinen.

Brought into the agency to clean house after the IRS’s unlawful targeting of conservative groups, Koskinen instead presided over endless stonewalling of congressional probes — including the destruction of evidence that had been subpoenaed.

If you responded to an IRS audit the way Koskinen’s IRS has behaved, you’d be looking at huge penalties and maybe prison time.

He waited months to tell the IRS that an “accident” had destroyed the e-mail records of Lois Lerner, the woman at the scandal’s heart. Indeed, he made no real effort to secure those e-mails, despite a subpoena — allowing key backups to be destroyed.

Then he nonchalantly testified that Lerner’s e-mails were all gone forever — and then showed not a hint of shame after an inspector general came up with thousands of them.

All along, he sniffed in outrage at the very idea that the people’s representatives would dare question blatant abuses of power by the most feared federal agency.

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