House Republicans Introduce Resolution To Impeach IRS Chief

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October 27, 2015 4:16 p.m.

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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