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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 964

IRS Logo 2Robert W. Wood (Forbes), More Calls To Impeach IRS Chief Over Targeting, Bonuses, Obstruction:

Congress has kept the IRS in business with recent funding, including slight budget increases included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The IRS even got some specific mandates for fraud prevention and taxpayer service, two areas where Republicans claim work is needed. Yet the alleged use of the IRS as a political weapon, and the role its Chief John Koskinen had in that long running scandal, continues to grate on some Republicans.

On Christmas eve, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) wrote in the Wall Street Journal that it’s time to hold the IRS accountable for unfairness, including new IRS moves to targets political donors. Recent appropriations of money for the IRS comes with conditions, such as prohibiting the IRS from issuing new rules on the political activities of Section 501(c)(4) organizations. There are even attempts to stop the White House from ordering the IRS to review tax exempt groups. But are these and other band aids on the IRS enough?

Not for Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. He wants to continue pressure on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, including impeachment. The resolution to impeach Commissioner Koskinen was introduced by Chairman Chaffetz (R-Utah) and 18 others. Months before, he and his colleagues wrote to President Obama requesting Koskinen’s removal. The resolution claims that the IRS chief violated the public trust. ...

As Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) put it, the Obama administration used the IRS as a political tool to actively work against conservative groups. Roberts claims that the IRS suppressed electoral activities of groups that did not agree with the Obama administration’s views. But now, any impeachment efforts against Koskinen are in the hands of the House Judiciary Committee, under the helm of Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

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Comments

Roberts says it's time to hold the IRS Accountable? I have some news for the Senator from Kansas, it's way past time and the Republicans have had their chance and, once again they've failed the country.

Posted by: bflat879 | Dec 29, 2015 12:24:18 PM

Democrats are lucky that Republicans don't act like they do.

Posted by: wodun | Dec 29, 2015 9:06:28 PM

When will the whining GOP get it? There is no proof that there was any intentional targeting by IRS employees. We need strict rules for 501(c)(4) orgs to prevent abuse by all parties.

Posted by: gator | Dec 30, 2015 12:02:25 PM