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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The IRS Scandal, Day 1407: NY Post Editorial, Fire The IRS Chief Already, Mr. President

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New York Post Editorial, Fire the IRS Chief Already, Mr. President:

Why is IRS Commissioner John Koskinen still in office? A growing number of Capitol Hill Republicans want to know — and they have good reason to be troubled.

When he took over in 2013, Koskinen was supposed to “fix” the IRS — and in particular get to the bottom of the scandal in which the agency deliberately held up approvals for 75 conservative and Tea Party groups that had applied for legitimate tax exemptions.

Instead, what Congress and the public got from him was obstruction, open defiance and a refusal to discipline anyone at the agency. Indeed, he seemed most concerned with running interference to shield the Obama administration from any embarrassment.

Nor was he alone: The Obama Justice Department refused to bring criminal charges against anyone at the IRS. To date, no one has been held accountable for what even liberal legal icon Laurence Tribe has called “inexcusable abuse.” ...

It’s clear there’ll be no IRS reforms while Koskinen is in office. He’s the No. 1 candidate in Washington for President Trump’s signature line: “You’re fired.”

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Comments

What do you want to bet nothing has been done yet because high-ranking Republicans were in on it?

Posted by: Reformed Trombonist | Mar 16, 2017 9:34:09 AM

Enh, since Koskinen has no ethics, maybe Trump should keep him on and start looking into OFA and the ACLU training resistance fighters and the dark money laundering web that the Democrats use to funnel money to their militant activist groups.

Gooses and ganders and all that.

Posted by: wodun | Mar 16, 2017 4:54:26 PM

The President may be waiting until April 15.

Posted by: ELE | Mar 17, 2017 5:41:33 AM