Olson Urges Impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
Today Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) announced his support for articles of impeachment against Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen. Olson cosponsored H. Res. 494, article of impeachment against Koskinen for â€œabuse or violation of the public trust.â€
â€œThe agency with the power to tax and withhold the earnings of every American has a sacred duty to responsibly utilize that power in a limited capacity without prejudice or political preference,â€ Rep. Olson said. â€œYet ordinary citizens were targeted and harassed for their ideological beliefs. As Congress seeks to determine the cause and execution of these actions, Commissioner Koskinen has deliberately misled Congress and withheld critical information needed to properly exercise oversight of an agency that oversteps its authority.
â€œAs we continue our investigation, Koskinen continues to mislead Congress and flat out refused to comply with a congressional subpoena. As a result, I feel impeachment proceedings are warranted. The cornerstone of our democracy is the separation of powers, when one branch of government exceeds its authority, we are required to act.â€
The articles of impeachment lay out the following charges against Koskinen:
- Failing to comply with a subpoena for evidence, resulting in the destruction of evidence related to Lois Lerner emails;
- Failing to testify truthfully and providing false and misleading information to Congress. Koskinen testified that the IRS had turned over all emails relevant to the congressional investigation (including Lernerâ€™s emails), and then, when that proved to be inaccurate, he testified that the emails were unrecoverable, which also turned out to be false;
- Failing to notify Congress that key evidence had gone missing â€“ the IRS knew the Lerner emails were missing as early as February 2014, and destroyed the emails in early March 2014. Yet the IRS failed to notify Congress until June of that year, well after White House and Treasury officials had been notified.
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