Paul L. Caron

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1102

IRS Logo 2Erick Erickson, House GOP to Consider Impeaching IRS Commissioner. Trump Complicates Things.:

House Republicans are going to consider impeaching the IRS Commissioner, Commissioner John Koskinen. The IRS is accused of targeting conservative groups for harassment. Likewise, the IRS is accused of dragging its feet on giving non-profit status to conservative groups. Based on an inspector general investigation into the IRS and subsequent congressional hearings, the accusations appear legitimate.

Koskinen, as head of the IRS, has not seemed interested in actually dealing with the IRS’s stalling and apparent cover up as the investigations continued. He deserves to be impeached.

Donald Trump, however, neutralizes the GOP’s talking point on the IRS. Just the other day he threatened Jeff Bezos and Amazon, suggesting Trump would support internet taxation to hurt Amazon, among other things, because of the Washington Post’s investigative reporters looking into Trump.

If the GOP has a candidate who implies or directly suggests he might use the government against his opponents, it will be really hard for them to distinguish what the IRS did from what their own Presidential nominee wants to do.

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Ben the Bigot doesn't just disagree with Rick's point, he concludes that "it shows how completely morally bankrupt the lot of you are".

Posted by: Actual Lawyer | May 16, 2016 6:10:37 AM

Of course the House GOP would like to impeach the IRS Commissioner. They would do so if the Commissioner was Mother Teresa. They are just plain pissed off that the IRS tried to fairly impose the spirit of the regulations that originated in the Eisenhower Administration.

Posted by: sw | May 16, 2016 5:42:19 AM

"That is the province of Congress and would take Congressional action."

Yes, that's true, a bill of attainder has to be passed by Congress. That Trump would openly suggest one, and that your best defense of him is to argue exactly which agency would implement it shows how completely morally bankrupt the lot of you are.

Posted by: Ben | May 15, 2016 5:24:29 PM

Erickson is anti Trump to the point of nonsense. The IRS is not responsible for taxing the Internet. That is the province of Congress and would take Congressional action. I have learned to pretty much ignore Erickson.

Posted by: Rick Caird | May 15, 2016 9:48:16 AM