Paul L. Caron
Dean


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 810

IRS Logo 2Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and 20 Republican members of the committee, have sent this 32-page letter to President Obama, requesting that he remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for obstructing the congressional investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups by (1) failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, (2) failing to testify truthfully, and (3) failing to preserve and produce up to 24,000 emails relevant to the investigation.

(Click on YouTube button on bottom right to view video directly on YouTube to avoid interruption caused by blog's refresh rate.)

Wall Street Journal op-ed:  The Stonewall at the Top of the IRS, by Ron DeSantis (Chair, House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security) & Jim Jordan (Chair, House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules):

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen needs to go.

When it was revealed in 2013 that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for exercising their First Amendment rights, President Obama correctly called the policy “inexcusable” and pledged accountability. He even fired the then-acting IRS commissioner because he said it was necessary to have “new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.”

Unfortunately, Commissioner Koskinen, who took over in the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, has failed the American people by frustrating Congress’s attempts to ascertain the truth. A taxpayer would never get away with treating an IRS audit the way that IRS officials have treated the congressional investigation. Civil officers like Mr. Koskinen have historically been held to a higher standard than private citizens because they have fiduciary obligations to the public. ...

If the president doesn’t remove Mr. Koskinen from his post, then Congress should remove him through impeachment. The impeachment power is a political check that, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 65 in 1788, protects the public against “the abuse or violation of some public trust.”

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story echoed Hamilton in 1833 when he distinguished impeachable offenses from criminal offenses, noting that they “are aptly termed political offenses, growing out of personal misconduct or gross neglect, or usurpation, or habitual disregard for the public interests . . . They must be examined upon very broad and comprehensive principles of public policy and duty.”

John Koskinen has violated the public trust, breached his fiduciary obligations and demonstrated his unfitness to serve. Mr. President, it’s time for Commissioner Koskinen to go. If you don’t act, we will.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/07/the-irs-scandal-day-810-1.html

IRS News, IRS Scandal, Tax | Permalink

Comments

And soon, the usual suspect will show up to defend Koskinen as an honest government employee who has done nothing wrong. "Nothing wrong" is Democrat-speak for 'doing whatever is necessary to turn America into a one-party state. Seig Heil!'

Posted by: Andrew Russell | Jul 28, 2015 8:13:59 AM

Obama isn't going to fire him for doing what he was hired to do.

Posted by: wodun | Jul 28, 2015 9:01:07 AM

Thank you for your continued efforts of keeping the IRS scandals on the radar of the public.

Posted by: nbpundit | Jul 28, 2015 10:04:37 AM

The Republicans will in the end do nothing but hold press conferences. They are a huge part of the problem.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Jul 28, 2015 10:26:46 AM