Politico: Efforts to Impeach IRS Commissioner Could Backfire on GOP

Newsmax | 6/1/2016 | Staff
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As the House Judiciary Committee prepares to convene later this month to decide whether to seek impeachment against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, debate rages over the wisdom of the move, reports Politico.

Koskinen, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, is accused of ignoring subpoenas and lying to Congress under oath on the IRS targeting of conservative tea party groups' applications for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.

Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis explained the importance of impeaching him. "If Commissioner Koskinen can get away with his conduct, then other executive branch agencies will have a blueprint for how to stymie the Congress when it conducts legitimate oversight, WCBM reports.

But this determination to display Congress's seriousness over its discontent would also set a new precedent, as impeachment has rarely been used and, when utilized, done so only to punish treason, bribery and other "high crimes."

If this move succeeds, and unprecedently against a relatively low-level official,...
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