Should IRS Chief John Koskinen Be Impeached?
By now you've probably read or heard that Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduced a resolution yesterday to begin impeachment proceedings against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
So, what does everyone think about this? Do you actually think Koskinen will be removed from office? Do you think he should be removed from office?
Koskinen, a former nonexecutive chairman of Freddie Mac, was tapped by President Obama in late 2013 to take charge of the IRS because of his ability to lead an organization out of a crisis. During his tenure at Freddie Mac, from 2008 to 2011, he helped the mortgage finance company dig out of a financial crisis after it was seized by the government in September 2008.
This time, Koskinen had to rebuild the image of and the public's trust in the IRS, an agency that just a few months earlier had admitted to inappropriately scrutinizing Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status during the 2012 presidential election.
But during his nearly two years at the helm of the IRS, Koskinen âfailed to comply with a congressionally issued subpoena, documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled,â said House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
âImpeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress,â Chaffetz continued. âThis action will demonstrate to the American people that the IRS is under repair and signal that Executive Branch officials who violate the public trust will be held accountable.â
The resolution contains the following four articles of impeachment:
- John Andrew Koskinen, in his conduct while commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties as an officer of the United States.
- John Andrew Koskinen engaged in a pattern of deception that demonstrates his unfitness to serve as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner Koskinen made a series of false and misleading statements to Congress in contravention of his oath to tell the truth.
- John Andrew Koskinen, throughout his tenure as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has acted in a manner inconsistent with the trust and confidence placed in him as an officer of the United States.
- John Andrew Koskinen has failed to act with competence and forthrightness in overseeing the investigation into Internal Revenue Service targeting of Americans because of their political affiliations.
According to published reports, the IRS said in a statement: âThe IRS vigorously disputes the allegations in the resolution. We have fully cooperated with all of the investigations.â
The US Justice Department concluded its investigation on the scandal last week, and in a letter to members of Congress, said there will be no charges against Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations division who was at the center of the controversy, or anyone else at the agency.
Should the impeachment resolution pass by a simple majority of the House, Koskinen will be subjected to a trial before members of the Senate, according to a US News and World Reportarticle. If he is convicted, he would be removed from his position and could be disqualified from holding future federal office.
So, do you think John Koskinen should be impeached? Post a reply below and let us know your thoughts.