Paul L. Caron

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1101

IRS Logo 2Press Release, House Judiciary Committee to Examine Misconduct by IRS Commissioner:

The House Judiciary Committee today announced that it will hold two full committee hearings to examine misconduct by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen.

At the first hearing, which will take place on Tuesday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m., members of the House Judiciary Committee will hear from a witness panel presenting the findings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation of IRS Commissioner Koskinen. The House Judiciary Committee will also invite IRS Commissioner Koskinen to testify. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has investigated the targeting of conservative groups for several years and many of the Committee’s members have found that Commissioner Koskinen failed to comply with a congressional subpoena which resulted in destruction of key evidence, made false statements during his sworn congressional testimony, and did not notify Congress that Lois Lerner’s emails were missing.

At the second hearing, which will take place in June, members of the House Judiciary Committee will invite outside experts to comment on the findings presented in the first hearing and whether further congressional action is warranted. Witnesses for both hearings will be announced at a later date.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below on the Committee’s upcoming hearings:

The fact that officials at the IRS wielded their power to target certain Americans for their political views is both outrageous and contrary to our nation’s values. Our government is supposed to work for all Americans, not for a particular partisan agenda. As a result of the IRS’ targeting, conservative groups were singled out across the nation, resulting in lengthy paperwork requirements, overly burdensome information requests, and lengthy, unwarranted delays in their applications.

Despite repeated congressional efforts to get to the bottom of this matter, Obama Administration officials, including the IRS Commissioner, have consistently undermined the investigation. Over the coming weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will closely examine Commissioner Koskinen’s misconduct and the implications of his actions.

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"Over the coming weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will closely examine Commissioner Koskinen’s misconduct ..." Misconduct? Isn't that what the committee is supposed to determine? I'm certainly reassured that they are not prejudging anything.

Posted by: Publius Novus | May 16, 2016 1:14:21 PM

The actions of the IRS in stepping on the '12 election cycle to hinder Tea Party groups is truly outrageous. And what is equally outrageous is the almost complete lack of interest in the biggest political scandal since Watergate by the MSM. ABCBSNBCNNPRPBS seem to have joined Team Democrat in '08 and have never looked back. If it's a story that could make Obama look doesn't get covered.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | May 14, 2016 8:21:23 AM