New York Post editorial, The IRS Boss Is Just Begging To Be Impeached:
Four years after the IRS hobbled conservative groups by targeting them for extra scrutiny, the agency’s still playing politics.
No wonder Congress is looking to impeach its boss, John Koskinen.
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Republican lawmakers gave specific reasons for their move: his lies under oath, his flouting of a congressional subpoena — and his repeated defiance.
Koskinen’s response? Ha! He didn’t even bother to show up.
Koskinen was supposed to “fix” the IRS after the scandal erupted over targeting conservatives. Yet his real purpose seemed to be running interference, covering up information and shielding the agency (and Team Obama) from consequences.
Shockingly, he and his agency are continuing that pattern to this day: A lawsuit filed Monday by the Cause of Action Institute accuses the IRS and its boss of refusing to preserve official business electronic communications, as required by law.
Bloomberg View editorial, Impeaching IRS Director A Sham:
Pity John Koskinen, who agreed to take one of the worst jobs in America and is now being punished for it.
In 2013, President Barack Obama asked Koskinen to take over at the Internal Revenue Service amid budgetary chaos, deteriorating morale and a simmering scandal. House Republicans, still angry about that scandal -- and about the concept of taxation generally -- are now trying to impeach him.
Their case is weak, and the ultimate loser in this sorry spectacle won't be Koskinen.
Start with the scandal. An inspector general report in 2013 found that IRS employees had been improperly scrutinizing conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. This was wrong, and blame was duly apportioned. The agency's boss resigned, a top deputy retired, and the director of the offending unit was placed on leave and declared in contempt of Congress. Half a dozen congressional committees vowed to fumigate every pixel of offending detail. One managed to produce an 8,000-page report. The Justice Department investigated (and found no evidence of criminality).
But you have to get up pretty early in the morning to outfox the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the committee's chairman, has made a professional specialty of berating civil servants. He appears to view Koskinen -- who, recall, joined the agency after this scandal -- as obstructing further investigation.
The specific allegations Chaffetz has adduced hardly add up to high crimes and misdemeanors. At worst, they portray mild bureaucratic ineptitude. And removing Koskinen from office stands no chance in legislative reality. Nothing's shaking on Shakedown Street, as they used to say.
Actually impeaching Koskinen -- a punishment not invoked against an executive-branch appointee since Ulysses S. Grant occupied the White House -- probably isn't the objective anyway. The point is to embarrass the IRS. And congressional Republicans have already done a fine job of that by slashing the agency's budget while helping to vastly expand its responsibilities, with predictably frustrating results.
- Bloomberg BNA, Republicans to IRS and Koskinen: ‘Don't Mess With Congress'
- Fiscal Times, House Tries to Get Their Pound of Flesh from the IRS
- The Hill, IRS Head Vows to Finish Term Despite Impeachment Push
- MSNBC Maddow Blog, A Case Study in How Not to Impeach Someone
- NewsBusters, House Moves to Impeach IRS Commissioner, Nets Refuse to Report
- Newsmax, Jason Chaffetz Calls for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's Impeachment
- Newswire, IRS Misconduct Case Prompts Lawmaker to Push for Independent Counsel Law
- PJ Media, Gowdy: 'The Calendar's Not in Our Favor' on Impeaching IRS Chief
- Politico, IRS Impeachment Leader Under Fire Over Fundraising
- Washington Post, Republican Congressman Quotes Wikipedia During IRS Hearing
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- The IRS Scandal, Days 601-700 (Dec. 31, 2014 - April 9, 2015)
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