Just in from Politico’s Rachael Bade, the House GOP is going to consider impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over the agency being used to target political opponents.
SCOOP: House Republicans will consider whether 2 impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen starting next week w/2 hearings. Story up soon
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) May 13, 2016
From the article:
The House Judiciary Committee on Friday announced plans for two hearings over the next several weeks to examine the “misconduct” of Koskinen. Republicans on the House Oversight Committee say the commissioner misled Congress about the status of sensitive emails regarding the IRS tea party scandal. Those documents were deleted during their probe of the scandal.
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“The fact that officials at the IRS wielded their power to target certain Americans for their political views is both outrageous and contrary to our nation’s values,” Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said in a statement provided to POLITICO. “Despite repeated congressional efforts to get to the bottom of this matter, Obama Administration officials, including the IRS Commissioner, have consistently undermined the investigation.”/blockquote>
This is great news, if they follow through, but it’s good news even if they don’t. There are two things that must be said about abuse of power under Obama: 1) it is rampant 2) someone must answer for it. Even with only months left, considering the two options looming ahead in November, it’s past time to put both feet down and say no to the widespread and blatant totalitarian impulse.
And speaking of November, it’s pretty sad that the GOP is, on the one hand, standing against the use of government power to target political opponents, while on the other hand, lining up to endorse a guy who just promised to do that exact thing.