House GOP Begins Impeachment Process Against IRS Commissioner

| by Sean Kelly
IRS commissioner John Koskinen delivers keynote at brookings institutionIRS commissioner John Koskinen delivers keynote at brookings institution

House Republicans began the impeachment process against Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen, on the grounds that he violated public trust.

On Oct. 26, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz introduced an impeachment resolution against Koskinen, The Hill reports.

This announcement comes just days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded its investigation into reports that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups. The DOJ did not file any charges following the investigation.

“Commissioner Koskinen violated the public trust. He failed to comply with a congressionally issued subpoena, documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled,” Chaffetz said in a statement.

“Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress," he added.

Chaffetz’s resolution claims that Koskinen failed to preserve 422 backup tapes that might have contained missing emails sent by former IRS official Lois Lerner.

The resolution further alleges that Lerner was involved in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and it places culpability on Koskinen for the missing evidence.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland responded to the move to impeach Koskinen in a statement, saying, “It appears that facts simply don't matter to Republicans."

“This ridiculous resolution will demonstrate nothing but the Republican obsession with diving into investigative rabbit holes that waste tens of millions of taxpayer dollars while having absolutely no positive impact on a single American," Cummings added.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Times / Photo credit: Brookings Institution/Flickr, Wikimedia Commons