Editor’s Note – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to President Obama, he who has declared that there was not even a ‘smidgeon‘ of corruption demanding he fire IRS Commissioner John Kostkinen:
Twenty-one Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday sent President Obama a 30-page letter calling for him to fire Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, citing his “failure to preserve and produce documentation” to the committee investigating the controversy over alleged political targeting. (Read more here at National Journal.)
Read the letter here and scroll down to the third video below to watch the committee’s video compilation.
Well that ‘smidgeon’ now looks like much more than a scandal, or even corruption, it now looks felonious in the highest degree. Remember that Obama doubled down when interviewed by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show in his final appearance on that show because Stewart retires soon.
HotAir.com’s Ed Morrissey had this to say about the Chairman of the oversight committee, Jason Caffetz openly calling for Obama to fire the IRS Commissioner, John Kostkinen:
Consider just how frustrating conducting oversight of the IRS must have been over the last two years. The previous leadership conducted politically motivated targeting of the opposition to the administration, and then the replacement leadership has done everything it can do to stonewall Congressional investigation of the agency. (Read more at HotAir.)
Chaffetz spoke on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night on Fox News and you can see that interview below, along with two others reviewing the history of the IRS Scandal, the one that Democrats still refuse to call a scandal as they assail Republicans accusing them of continuing to conduct a circus for political gain.
Remember how often the Democrats said there was ‘no there, there’, and made a farce out of their job which is supposed to be about defending their constituents from a rogue agency turned into a weapon for the left’s political gain.
We agreed when Speaker of the House Boehner said:
“When someone asked me the question, well, who should be fired? I said I don’t know — I don’t care who is going to be fired. I want to know who is going to jail” way back in April of 2014.
Now we learn that it is even worse, all while the President plays it down.
Chairman Chaffetz’s fury was well-warranted and all Americans should be the same, right or left, and should be thankful that this investigation was not ended long ago as Ranking Member Elijah Cummings demanded back in June of 2013, only to walk it back a few days later saying it was ‘not solved yet’. But Cummings keeps the charade alive:
Cummings added, “Calls for Commissioner Koskinen to step down are nothing more than a manufactured Republican political crisis based on allegations that have already been debunked.” (Read more here at National Journal.)
Then we learned in 2014 just how complicit Cummings was when it all started, long before we knew who Lois Lerner was. But as Morrissey continues, impeachment may not be the best course of action because Kostkinen seems to be doing the bidding of the White House in blocking the investigation:
The real problem in this scandal isn’t Koskinen, but the White House that’s directing his actions. Oversight might do better by continuing to demand Koskinen’s public testimony, and give a continuing example of the arrogance of the Obama administration. That might go farther toward Koskinen’s exit than an impeachment exercise.
You be the judge and as “Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis implored reporters “to watch the video over and over again.” You should implore everyone you know to do the same.
Chaffetz: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Should Be Fired And Impeached
After years of investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who took over as chairman after Rep. Darrell Issa earlier this year, has had enough of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
Yesterday Chaffetz called on the President to fire Koskinen over allegations of obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and stonewalling a congressional investigation. He accused Koskinen of lying to Congress when he said last year that backup tapes belonging to former IRS commissioner Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the targeting scandal, didn’t exist.
We of course learned shortly after that backup tapes do exist, but that IRS officials didn’t bother looking for them in order to turn them over to Congress for scrutiny. It was later revealed that at least some of the available back-up tapes were destroyed, even after a congressional subpoena for the tapes was issued.
“Congress needs to get more aggressive and stand up for itself. We may hold him in contempt and there are other constitutional remedies that perhaps, one of the things we’re exploring is perhaps impeaching the commissioner,” Chaffetz said last night On The Record. “He [President Obama] should fire Mr. Koskinen because he’s not working with us.”
“We’re going to get to the truth no matter where it is no matter how long this takes. We’re going to get after it,” Chaffetz continued.
Considering President Obama doesn’t believe the IRS targeting of conservatives is a scandal at all, I doubt he’ll be heeding Chaffetz’ calls. However, Congress does have the power of impeachment. Whether that authority will be exercised under current GOP leadership is a different story.
Last week, former Oversight Chairman Issa revealed the IRS is still engaged in targeting of conservative groups.
In addition, we have included the following video compilation that was posted at HotAir.com showing the history of the scandal and the testimony in question. “The Republican majority on the House Oversight Committee explains all of the reasons why they have no confidence in Koskinen’s leadership at the IRS in the aforementioned video:”