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house Bill H. Res. 494

Does the Commissioner of the IRS Need to be Impeached?

Argument in favor

The IRS badly mishandled its investigation of Lois Lerner for targeting tax-exempt groups based on their political views, and as a result Congress should impeach the agency’s Commissioner, John Koskinen.

Curran's Opinion
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07/13/2016
Using government power to target and unequally steal from anyone you don't like deserves much more of a penalty than just losing one's job.
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Loraki's Opinion
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07/13/2016
But he's not the only one! Still, a teeny bit of JUSTICE is (barely) better than no justice at all! Why is Congress brave enough to go after a member of Obama's administration, but not after Obama, himself?! Is it because of the fact that Congressional leaders are RINOs, who support Obama's globalist agenda? And who care more about their own positions of power and privilege?! NO DOUBT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ARE TURNING OVER IN THEIR GRAVES! Benjamin Franklin said we were getting "A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT!" And today we are a hair's breadth away from LOSING OUR REPUBLIC AND BECOMING A THIRD WORLD COMMUNIST COUNTRY! Our millennials have been indoctrinated by liberals in our public schools, our history is being rewritten, and all manifestations of PATRIOTISM are being reviled by the Left. IF YOU SEPARATE THE TREE OF LIBERTY FROM ITS ROOTS, THAT TREE WILL DIE! We need to weed out ALL CORRUPT AND SUBVERSIVE PEOPLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT, not just Commissioner Koskinen! America needs once more to rise to a standard of EXCELLENCE in EVERYTHING! We've done it before and we can do it again! We just need to reconnect with the values that made this nation a SHINING LIGHT ON A HILL, blessed and protected by God Almighty! Remember who you are! Not African American, not Muslim American, not ANY kind of hyphenated American! You are an AMERICAN, PERIOD! THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND WE HAVE A HERITAGE OF HONOR, PRIDE AND COURAGE. OUR NATION, MOREOVER, WAS FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES! OUR REVERENCE FOR GOD AND HIS CHRIST AND THE HOLY BIBLE IS WHAT ENABLED AMERICA TO BECOME GREATLY BLESSED BY GOD. WE HAVE OUR PROBLEMS; WE ARE NOT PERFECT, BUT WE WILL FIGHT THE POWERS OF DARKNESS AND EVIL, SO HELP US, GOD! THIS IS AMERICA! LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!
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PaulRevere's Opinion
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07/13/2016
The IRS should not be a militant agency either
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t be wasting part of its remaining time in session this year with impeachment proceedings for the IRS Commissioner who isn’t directly responsible for the destruction of Lois Lerner’s emails.

alahmnat's Opinion
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07/13/2016
This is yet another stupid childish waste of time and money.
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Bob's Opinion
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07/13/2016
This is just another right wing witch hunt and a waste of time. The so-called charges have been disproven, and this is just revenge because right wing groups with tax-exempt status did illegal political action and got caught.
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Lmb852's Opinion
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07/13/2016
Let's properly fund our departments so they can do their jobs more efficiently.
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simple resolution Progress


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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedOctober 27th, 2015

What is House Bill H. Res. 494?

This resolution would impeach John Koskinen, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for four high crimes and misdemeanors that are explained in the legislation’s text. The charges allege that Koskinen failed to respond to subpoenas, made false and misleading statements under oath, and wasn’t competent or forthright with respect to his investigation of Lois Lerner for ideologically targeting political groups for scrutiny. If approved, this resolution would trigger a trial before the Senate, the results of which could lead to Koskinen being removed from his position.

The first article of impeachment against Koskinen contends that he “failed in his duty to respond to lawfully issued congressional subpoenas” which allowed for the destruction of records needed for an investigation. Despite being re-issued a subpoena on February 14, 2014 that had previously been issued to the IRS when he was confirmed as the Commissioner, Koskinen didn’t preserve all of the records requested by the subpoena. 422 backup tapes that contained up to 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails covered by the subpoena were erased by IRS employees on March 4, 2014 which impeded Congress’ investigation.

The resolution also charges that Koskinen made false and misleading statements on three occasions while testifying under oath before Congress — twice on June 20, 2014 and once on March 26, 2014. All of the comments were related to the preservation and status of Lois Lerner’s emails. Further, the resolution contends that Koskinen acted “in a manner inconsistent with the trust and confidence placed in him” and also “failed to act with competence and forthrightness in overseeing the investigation into IRS targeting.

Impact

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen; the IRS; the House and potentially the Senate.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 494

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: In explaining why he introduced this resolution, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) offered the following:

“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. Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress. This 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.”

The IRS has refuted the claims made by this resolution, saying that it cooperated with Congress’ investigation. Koskinen has requested the ability to defend himself before the House Judiciary Committee prior to the House as a whole voting on his impeachment.

While this legislation hasn't been passed out of the House Judiciary Committee yet, some House Republicans are pushing for it to get a vote before Congress takes its summer vacation. To circumvent a reluctant GOP leadership, members of the House Freedom Caucus have filed a privileged resolution that would allow them to force a vote on the floor without leadership's approval.


Of Note: No executive branch official who isn’t the president has been impeached since 1876, when William Belknap — the Secretary of War — accepted illegal payoffs. The House voted to impeach Belknap but he was acquitted by the Senate, when the vote to convict failed to get the needed two-thirds majority.



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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Screengrab / YouTube)

Official Title

Impeaching John Andrew Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

    Using government power to target and unequally steal from anyone you don't like deserves much more of a penalty than just losing one's job.
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    This is yet another stupid childish waste of time and money.
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    But he's not the only one! Still, a teeny bit of JUSTICE is (barely) better than no justice at all! Why is Congress brave enough to go after a member of Obama's administration, but not after Obama, himself?! Is it because of the fact that Congressional leaders are RINOs, who support Obama's globalist agenda? And who care more about their own positions of power and privilege?! NO DOUBT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ARE TURNING OVER IN THEIR GRAVES! Benjamin Franklin said we were getting "A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT!" And today we are a hair's breadth away from LOSING OUR REPUBLIC AND BECOMING A THIRD WORLD COMMUNIST COUNTRY! Our millennials have been indoctrinated by liberals in our public schools, our history is being rewritten, and all manifestations of PATRIOTISM are being reviled by the Left. IF YOU SEPARATE THE TREE OF LIBERTY FROM ITS ROOTS, THAT TREE WILL DIE! We need to weed out ALL CORRUPT AND SUBVERSIVE PEOPLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT, not just Commissioner Koskinen! America needs once more to rise to a standard of EXCELLENCE in EVERYTHING! We've done it before and we can do it again! We just need to reconnect with the values that made this nation a SHINING LIGHT ON A HILL, blessed and protected by God Almighty! Remember who you are! Not African American, not Muslim American, not ANY kind of hyphenated American! You are an AMERICAN, PERIOD! THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND WE HAVE A HERITAGE OF HONOR, PRIDE AND COURAGE. OUR NATION, MOREOVER, WAS FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES! OUR REVERENCE FOR GOD AND HIS CHRIST AND THE HOLY BIBLE IS WHAT ENABLED AMERICA TO BECOME GREATLY BLESSED BY GOD. WE HAVE OUR PROBLEMS; WE ARE NOT PERFECT, BUT WE WILL FIGHT THE POWERS OF DARKNESS AND EVIL, SO HELP US, GOD! THIS IS AMERICA! LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!
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    The IRS should not be a militant agency either
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    Used to be that lying to congress under oath was enough to get you in trouble. Remember back in the days when laws applied to everyone!
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    It's long past time that the corruption in the Obama administration is eradicated.
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    About time. Another Obama misfit about to be sent home. Lying eyes and a smirk while "answering" questions. And while this may be perceived as a waist of time, it's a step to rid the WH of cockroaches. I've already read of House RINO's say: there is so little time before summer break, or Oh, it will cost to much, or IRS will be cleaned out next year after the election. Mean while Sen McCain hangs his head thinking "The commissioner and I had such a hoot at the last WH party". Or the House Speaker saying, "Why can't we get along." Boo hoo
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    Why stop at impeaching the commissioner when we could just abolish the entire IRS? The IRS exists so the government can steal your money more efficiently. Impeach the clown and replace him with no one. #taxationistheft
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    This is just another right wing witch hunt and a waste of time. The so-called charges have been disproven, and this is just revenge because right wing groups with tax-exempt status did illegal political action and got caught.
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    Impeach and don't replace!
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    Let's properly fund our departments so they can do their jobs more efficiently.
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    Need to impeach Obama too
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    Clearly this gentleman is just another political hack placed in his current position to defend the Obama administration. Watching him smirk and laugh at the Congressional hearings was infuriating!!
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    This would be a waste of time. When reading the bill summary, it's sounds as if they are claiming he was knowingly lying and could have complete control of the emails in question. It's implausible that he has that much power and far more likely that we was ignorant of others' actions.
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    Abolish the IRS.
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    We need civil servants who ate not political. He needs to go.
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    Yes and Lynch and Clinton should serve time as well.
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    He lied and supervised the destruction of evidence. He needs the boot.
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    Leach the bastard along with Hillary Clinton. I am sick and tried to see all these democratic assholes get off with their crimes. Especially the head of the IRS and the Clintons.
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    Self explanatory
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