Paul L. Caron

Friday, August 26, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1205

IRS Logo 2Bloomberg, IRS Chief Faces Likely Impeachment Vote in U.S. House Next Month:

U.S. House conservatives are set to re-launch next month their effort to impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, with or without Speaker Paul Ryan’s go-ahead.

Representative John Fleming says he and other conservatives are prepared to unilaterally force an impeachment vote within days after Congress returns to session on Sept. 6. “The only thing up in the air is whether it will be the first or second week we’re back,” the Louisiana Republican said in an interview.

Any action would be largely symbolic, because the effort would get blocked in the Senate if it passes the House. But Republicans remain angry at Koskinen, who they accuse of impeding an investigation into whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative non-profits. Their allegations include failing to prevent the IRS from destroying evidence and providing false and misleading information to Congress.

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Publius ignores reality, as usual, and says the House of Representatives is not part of the government and that they can't do more than one thing at a time. Perhaps go look at one of their daily schedules?

Also, way to dodge Democrats filibustering Zika bills after you brought it up as something the Republicans were at fault for.

Posted by: wodun | Aug 27, 2016 4:40:43 PM

I'll correct Publius on his civics error: The U.S. House of Representatives is 1/2 of the legislative branch of the federal government, and *most* respresentative of the will of the citizenry, as all 435 members must run for reelection every two years. Along with the Senate, is has also has the constitutional duty of congressional oversight over the executive branch.

And because of those two qualities, republican democracy and checks & balances, Mr. Publius routinely expresses his disdain for this aspect of the U.S. *government*...

Posted by: MM | Aug 27, 2016 1:25:54 PM

Mr. wodun: The House is not "the government." And it is quite plain that the House, under Republican/Freedom Caucus control, cannot do one thing at a time, much less more than one thng.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Aug 27, 2016 6:02:06 AM

Publius, Obama famously said the government can do more than one thing at once. We know this is true because the Obama administration was using more than one government agency to attack people and groups they view as enemies while also doing other things.

Perhaps if you are so upset about Zika funding, ask your Democrat friend to stop filibustering bills that fund fighting it? You would have to talk to the same crew that would filibuster impeaching Koskinen.

If this country was still based on the rule of law, every Democrat politician would be in jail and many unelected ones too.

Posted by: wodun | Aug 26, 2016 9:58:01 PM

Meanwhile, back at the Florida ranch, the Zika virus is moving west.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Aug 26, 2016 5:47:54 AM