House Oversight Calls for Obama to Fire IRS Commissioner

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.KostkinenFiredImpeach

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.

GretaKostkinenRemember 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 2013only 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

By Katie Pavlich at Townhall

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:”

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Oversight Committee Hearing on IRS – 7 Explosive Points

Editor’s Note – It was all so encompassing and as we learned much, we were exposed to so much more “Sgt. Schuktz” testimony. But we may see much more tomorrow as Lois Lerner has been deemed to have waived here fifth amendment rights.

Here are the 7 most explosive and Informative moments from today’s IRS Hearing

By Beckett Adams – The Blaze

The U.S. House of Representatives, for the second time since the Internal Revenue Service scandal first broke, held a hearing on the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

But unlike yesterday’s Senate hearing on the same topic, Wednesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was packed with explosive and enlightening exchanges between U.S. lawmakers and the government officials directly involved in the IRS scandal.

So without any further introduction, here are the seven most riveting moments from Wednesday’s hearing on the IRS scandal [in no particular order]:

7. I DID NOTHING WRONG

Lois Lerner, the IRS official who first acknowledged the scandal two weeks ago while responding to a planted question from Washington-based tax lawyer, announced this week that she would invoke her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

She appeared before the House committee on Wednesday determined to defend herself while refusing to answer questions.

“I have done nothing wrong,” she said in her opening statement. “I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee.”

Lerner then repeated that she would invoke her right to avoid incriminating herself.

“One of the basic functions of the Fifth Amendment is to protect innocent individuals, and that is the protection I am invoking today,” she said.

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However, her opening statement, coupled with her refusal to talk, did not go over so well with certain members of the committee.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) demanded that Lerner testify, adding that she waived her constitutional privilege by delivering her defensive opening statement.

“You don’t get to tell your side of the story and not be subjected to cross-examination. That’s not the way it works. She waived her right to Fifth Amendment privilege by issuing an opening statement, she ought to stand here and answer our questions,” Gowdy said, earning applause from the audience.

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Despite Rep. Gowdy’s objections, Lerner refused to answer questions from committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and was eventually excused from the hearing.

As of this writing, there is still some discussion about whether the IRS official waived her rights by delivering an opening statement and whether Rep. Issa can make her talk.

It’s unclear whether that argument will stick.

6. BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT: THIS SCANDAL STINKS

Though he generally disagrees with his Republican colleagues, Rep. Elijah Cummings joined with his GOP counterparts on Wednesday in reprimanding former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman for his dereliction of duty.

And he pulled no punches:

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5. THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY

Speaking of criticism from the left, here’s Democrat Congressman Stephen Lynch promising Doug Shulman that “there will be hell to pay” if IRS officials can’t truthfully answer questions regarding the agency’s targeting of conservative groups:

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And here’s a clip of Rep. Lynch raking Shulman over the coals for saying in 2012 that there was “absolutely no” targeting of conservative groups by the IRS:

Click here for CSPAN Video.

Ouch.

4. THE IRS HELD MAY 2012 INTERNAL PROBE FROM U.S LAWMAKERS

The IRS performed an internal investigation of its targeting practices one year before the Treasury Department Inspector General report was completed, according to Rep. Darrell Issa.

The agency hid its findings from Congress.

“Just yesterday the committee interviewed Holly Paz, the director of exempt organizations, rulings and agreements, division of the IRS,” Congressman Issa said.

“While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector General’s report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 – May 3 of 2012 – and found essentially the same thing that Mr. George found more than a year later,” he added.

So, yes, the IRS knew of the political targeting in May – but agency official apparently didn’t think it was worth mentioning to Congress.

“Think about it,’ he added. “For more than a year, the IRS knew that it had inappropriately targeted groups of Americans based on their political beliefs, and without mentioning it, and in fact without honestly answering questions that were the result of this internal investigation.”

Click here for CSPAN Video.

3. TREY GOWDY GOES SCORCHED EARTH

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy wasn’t interested in listening to a former IRS official mince his words — so he went right for the throat.

“Why was the culture such under your watch that an employee felt comfortable targeting conservative groups?” Gowdy asked. “Did you investigate that?”

“From my reading of the report, um, I can’t tell if it was political motivation or if it was tone-deaf, somebody trying to expedite a way –” Shulman started.

“You still don’t know that this was political?”

“Excuse me?”

“You still don’t know that this was political?”

“I defer to the inspector general.”

“Well, I’ll tell you this, Mister Shulman, your predecessor said that he wasn’t sure if it was partisan and that requires the listener to be as stupid as the speaker.”

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2. OH, REALLY? YOU DON’T ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY?

Former IRS Chief Dough Shulman. (AP)

Shulman said Tuesday that he is not responsible for the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

“I certainly am not personally responsible for creating a list that had inappropriate criteria on it,” Shulman told Texas Senator John Cornyn. “What I know, with the full facts that are out is – from the Inspector General’s report – which doesn’t say that I’m responsible for that.”

Shulman on Wednesday repeated the claim, arguing that he shouldn’t have to bear the burden of responsibility even if he was IRS chief at the time of the targeting.

Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both her legs in Iraq, wasnot impressed with Shulman’s dodging and decided to give it to him with both barrels:

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1. EASTER EGG ROLL?

Between 2010 and 2011 (i.e. during the height of the IRS’ political targeting), Shulman visited the White House 118 times.

And when he was asked why he visited the White House 118 times, the former IRS chief paused for a moment and responded by citing the annual Easter Egg Roll:

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Unsurprisingly, Shulman couldn’t say whether he discussed the IRS’ targeting of conservatives or the implementation of Obamacare during those 100+ visits.

But he does remember the Easter Egg Roll.