House Republicans Introduce Resolution To Impeach IRS Chief

House Republicans moved to begin impeachment proceedings for IRS commissioner John Koskinen Tuesday, accusing the IRS chief of making “false statements” under oath and failing to comply with a subpoena.

Fox News reported House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and 18 other members of the committee signed on to the resolution.

Chaffetz, who was running to succeed John Boehner as House speaker until Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) entered the race, wrote in the resolution that Koskinen violated the public trust by allegedly destroying evidence, lying in his testimony, and obstructing a congressional investigation into the supposed IRS targeting of conservative groups.

In July, Chaffetz and 51 other members of Congress called for Koskinen’s removal in a letter to President Obama, saying the agency head interfered with the investigation.

The news comes just four days after the Justice Department declined to charge ex-IRS official Lois Lerner, who was at the center of the controversy when it began more than two years ago.

Chaffetz’s co-sponors on the resolution are:

  • Ron DeSantis (FL-06)
  • Paul A. Gosar (AZ-04)
  • Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
  • Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
  • Tim Walberg (MI-07)
  • Jody Hice (GA-10)
  • Gary Palmer (AL-06)
  • Mark Walker (NC-06)
  • Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)
  • Jim Jordan (OH-04)
  • Steve Russell (OK-05)
  • Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01)
  • Glenn Grothman (WI-06)
  • Cynthia M. Lummis (WY-AL)
  • Will Hurd (TX-23)
  • Justin Amash (MI-03)
  • Michael R. Turner (OH-10)
  • Thomas Massie (KY-04)



This post has been updated.

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