Congress Calls for Ousting of IRS Chief

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This week Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Chairman for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, called for the ouster of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Citing multiple occasions of obstruction of the House’s investigation of IRS political targeting, Chaffetz reported in an interview that he has sent a letter to President Obama formally requesting that Koskinen be removed.

According to Chaffetz and other House Republican leaders, Koskinen has repeatedly given false testimony in his comments before the committee, has failed to comply with subpoenas and failed to produce 24,000 emails in the Lois Lerner scandal.

In the letter Chaffetz argues that Koskinen has been at the very least “derelict of duty” and at the very worst has conspired with the IRS to “hide information from Congress”.

He warned that, should Obama refuse to take action on the request, the committee will pursue contempt of the House proceedings and make goes so far as impeachment of Koskinen.

The controversy which began with the revelation of Lois Lerner’s targeting of conservative political groups continues to embroil the Department of Justice and the White House in arguably the largest political scandal since Watergate.