UPDATE: 09/21/2016 10:21am – WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS commissioner is expressing regret to Congress for his agency’s past mistreatment of tea party groups. But John Koskinen says he has cooperated with congressional investigators, and that he doesn’t deserve to be impeached.
He made the remarks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, amid a drive by hard-line conservatives to impeach him. He’s accused of lying to lawmakers, ignoring subpoenas and overseeing an agency that destroyed emails as Congress investigated how tea party groups endured harsh investigations while seeking tax exemptions.
The agency has apologized for its actions and Koskinen has said he’s done nothing wrong. Government investigators have found no evidence that Koskinen or the IRS purposely destroyed evidence or that the agency’s actions were politically motivated.
Republican Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said the IRS engaged in “a political plan to silence the voices of groups representing millions of Americans.” He said Koskinen is facing “very serious allegations.”
But John Conyers of Michigan, the panel’s top Democrat, said “partisan attacks cloaked in the impeachment process are doomed from the start.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says IRS chief John Koskinen is facing “very serious allegations of misconduct” as the panel holds an election-year hearing on an effort by conservatives to impeach him.
In a prepared statement, Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte says the IRS engaged in a “political plan to silence” conservatives when it targeted tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status years ago.
Michigan Rep. John Conyers – the panel’s top Democrat – accuses Republicans of “partisan attacks cloaked in the impeachment process.”
Conservatives say Koskinen obstructed congressional investigations into how the IRS mistreated tea party groups.
The agency has apologized for its actions. Government investigators have found no evidence that Koskinen or the IRS purposely destroyed evidence or that the agency’s actions were politically motivated.