GOP House members call for IRS commissioner to be fired


House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz along with the support of nearly 40 Republican lawmakers are urging President Trump to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, citing the tax agency cannot be repaired with him at the helm.

The Hill reports that the House Republicans sent two letters regarding the matter, both of which urge Trump to fire Koskinen in order to make good on his campaign promise to give the public more control over the government and to restore the people’s trust in the IRS again.

“So long as the IRS commissioner is a man who has misled the people, destroyed evidence, and failed his legal duties to the people’s representatives in Congress, the IRS is not ‘controlled by the people,'” the GOP lawmakers wrote. “For that reason, we request you immediately remove Koskinen.”

Among the lawmaker’s arguments was the fact that Koskinen allegedly lied under oath and failed to disclose documents during congressional investigations into 2013 revelations that the IRS applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, says the report.

Furthermore, they contend that new IRS documents continue to emerge, and as a result, “We can have no certainty that Koskinen has identified and disclosed all relevant documents in IRS’s possession.”

“He has been dishonest with Congress, and the IRS—under his watch—has continuously violated taxpayer rights. He has to go,” Rep. Kevin Brady Brady said. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for pro-growth tax reform, and we need a willing partner at the IRS to implement it. That partner is not John Koskinen.”

Back in 2015, Chaffetz reportedly introduced a resolution to impeach Koskinen and his panel voted in 2016  to censure the IRS commissioner.

One of the Republican House members who wrote the letter, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), also pushed a House floor vote on an impeachment resolution in December, though the House voted to refer the matter to the House Judiciary Committee.

An additional 15 House Ways and Means Committee members sent a letter earlier this week also requesting the president to fire Koskinen, which comes nearly three months after Chaffetz and several other lawmakers sent a letter to Trump with the same request.

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday, Koskinen stated that he plans to complete his term, which is scheduled to end in November. He also added that the IRS has taken measures to prevent groups in the future from being targeted based on their political beliefs.

“Where I come from, if you sign up for a commitment, you complete that commitment,” he said.

H/T: The Hill, The Washington Times

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