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House Republicans Move to Impeach the IRS Commissioner for Virtually No Reason

Remember the fake IRS scandal? That's still a thing.

The long-gestating movement to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen for virtually no reason may come to fruition as the Flying Monkey Freedom Caucus attempts to force a vote.

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced on Monday after a meeting of the Freedom Caucus that he will call up a resolution seeking to force a vote on whether Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen will be impeached.

Fleming’s resolution builds on the work of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chair of the House Oversight Committee, who has advocated for Koskinen’s impeachment for at least a year.

Why do they want to impeach Koskinen and why do I say there's virtually no reason to do so? We've covered this numerous times before in the three years since the "scandal" broke, but here's a refresher.

In short, House Republicans have accused Koskinen of lying to them.

The IRS turned over all of former Exempt Organizations Unit director Lois Lerner's emails to federal investigators, or so the agency thought. Commissioner Koskinen testified that the agency handed over all of her emails, but that turned out to not be the case. A portion of her emails had actually been erased and destroyed because they were stored on archaic data-tapes that are stockpiled at a facility in West Virginia where old government hardware is sent to be recycled.

Koskinen had no way of knowing that. Moreover, Koskinen wasn't even the commissioner of the IRS when the supposed scandal occurred.

The witch hunt investigation of the IRS overseen by former Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) uncovered no evidence that the IRS was ordered by the Obama administration to target conservative groups. In fact, the investigation revealed that the Exempt Organizations Unit actually scrutinized a greater number of liberal than conservative groups.

There's no there, there. They want to impeach Koskinen for no substantive reason.

We're 17 days away from a possible government shutdown.

  • Draxiar

    These do-nothings are more desperate than a frat boy at a sorority pillow party for *anything* that might give them something remotely resembling a scandal.

  • muselet

    John Koskinen seems to have made an inadvertent mistake in his testimony to Congress.

    How the hell does that rise to the level of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”?

    –alopecia

    • Jado

      CAUSE WE SAY SO!!!!
      – never said out loud by any GOP member

    • Christopher Foxx

      Because it’s the ONLY way Republicans can get anything accomplished. They have no plans or policies they can point to as reasons people should vote for them. Truthfully, they don’t even see the need for them because they truly don’t believe that’s how you govern.

      Their total understanding of how to govern is “demonize and attack the other side.”

      • muselet

        Well, yes, of course.

        But back in the deep, dark past, they tried to gussy up their fever dreams with something that at least resembled logic and reason (everybody and their dog knows Bill Clinton was impeached for getting a blowjob—and as payback for Richard Nixon’s disgrace—but officially he was impeached for fudging a bit under oath). Now, the Rs aren’t trying to pretend to come up with a high crime and misdemeanor before they start bellowing about impeachment.

        This is one reason I keep saying I miss sane Republicans.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I don’t even know what to say about this nonsense anymore. It just never stops.

    • This is the reason I feel like comparisons of the GOP to the Nazis are so apt. The Nazis were relentless in their efforts to take over the German state and strangle everyone they hated. And they did it bit by bit, day after day, never letting up even after passing some draconian new law to make people’s lives miserable. Today’s GOP is like that.

  • ninjaf

    “We will have our scalp! We’ve earned it!”