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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The IRS Scandal, Day 1333:  Republicans Weasel Out Of Impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS Logo 2Canada Free Pass, Republicans Weasel Out of Impeaching IRS Boss John Koskinen:

Republican leaders managed to derail a measure to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen ..., sending the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when the Congress adjourns at the end of this year.

Conservatives had pushed for impeaching Mr. Koskinen, saying he cannot be allowed to get away with having misled Congress on the investigation into the IRS’s tea party targeting.

But GOP leaders, eager to clean up business and shut down for the year, ahead of a busy 2017, led the push to shunt the impeachment aside. Joined by Democrats, the House voted 342-72 to send the debate back to the Judiciary Committee.

“Members have different opinions about what to do,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and committee chairman, as he asked lawmakers to give him a chance to sort things out. But with lawmakers looking to clear out of town this week, the move essentially kills the impeachment drive in this Congress. Democrats had tried to expunge the impeachment resolution altogether, but lost a test vote on a near party-line tally.

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Comments

If truth is a defense against 'libel', is contemptibility a defense against 'contempt'?

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock | Jan 1, 2017 8:11:32 AM

Right now, we have a government of, by and for the Leftist-RINO globalist establishment. These politicians benefit in terms of more power and more money by ensuring the government operates in favor of their trans-national business and activist cronies.

American citizens are only to be mollified by endless "committees", hand-waving and Big Lies.

This is the same anti-American-citizen passive-aggressive RINO behavior that gave birth to the anti-establishment movement in the Republican base. Clearly, RINOs are incapable of change to carry out the will of the Republican base. RINOs must go. They made their choice.

Related is the very real possibility that Obama will be up to even more un-American actions once Congress adjourns and I for one am certain that the RINO butt-kissers want to get out of his way so he can screw Trump - and American citizens.

Posted by: Dr. Denan | Jan 1, 2017 8:55:17 AM

Lets take down names, enshrine this list, publish it far and wide and use it as we would had they been democrats.
Thank you, Professor Caron, for the invaluable service you provide.

Posted by: Dave | Jan 1, 2017 11:01:46 AM

I have written my congressman asking why he voted for tabeling the resolution; did he see something in it that made it a flawed attempt at making Obama's weaponized IRS accountable? I'll let you know what he says.

Posted by: a10pilot | Jan 1, 2017 12:31:49 PM

He probably thought this was a useless waste of time. The only effect of impeachment is to remove a fed official, no criminal sanctions, and then only with 2/3 of the senate, which they cant get. But in this case, he will resign anyway once Trump is sworn in, before the senate could even vote. A totally useless gesture, waste of time, but some idiots are trying to portray this as some kind of horrlble GOPe betrayal. Gullible idiots, and a clickbait article.

Posted by: richard40 | Jan 3, 2017 4:03:23 PM

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