Rep. Jim Jordan of the House Oversight Committee has announced that the House of Representatives will impeach John Koskinen, head of the IRS, over his endless perjury before his committee and his failure to perform his duty of serving the American people.
Until the resignation of John Boehner, Jordan was only willing to say they should impeach Koskinen, indicating that Boehner had planned to scuttle any attempt to hold him accountable. Evidently, all those running for Speaker must have given Jordan the impression that they would be amendable to the process.
“It is something that has to be done. If we don’t hold some people accountable in the executive branch for the executive overreach we’ve seen in [the Obama] administration, then they’ll never get the message.”
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Three months ago, Jordan was saying that the House should consider impeachment proceedings for Koskinen. Two months ago, Jordan said that the House should impeach Koskinen. Today with the soon to be absence of John Boehner, it has become a full throated, ‘we will impeach Koskinen.’ They certainly do have the grounds for impeachment.
On multiple occasions, Koskinen has directly lied to the House Oversight Committee. He has obstructed justice and destroyed evidence. Koskinen told Congress that the IRS had done an exhaustive search for back ups of Lois Lerner’s emails but that none could be found. The IRS Inspector General then undertook the task and found them immediately. Congress subpoenaed the back ups and the IG ordered the evidence not be destroyed but at least some if not all were destroyed by the IRS. That’s destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.
Committee chairperson Jason Chaffetz also believes Koskinen must be impeached:
“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. 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.”
The House could easily impeach Koskinen, but that would not actually remove him from office. The impeachment process has two phases. It begins in the House, where a vote is taken to determine if there is sufficient evidence to impeach Koskinen. The actual trial is convened in the Senate with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts as presiding judge. A “prosecutor” is selected to present evidence to back up the charges. The Senate also selects a Senator to act as defense council and the accused has the right to his own counsel.
In order to remove Koskinen, 67 Senators would have to vote for removal. This is extremely unlikely, since breaking the law is a resume enhancer for liberals. It’s not without danger though. Unlike many congressional investigations, the IRS is easily understood by the voters and the IRS has an approval rating just behind the Bubonic Plague.
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