House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and 18 other members of the House of Representatives introduced a resolution on Tuesday to introduce impeachment proceedings against Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen.
According to Chaffetz, “Koskinen violated the public trust” and “failed to comply with a congressionally issued subpoena.” Also, “documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled.”
“Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress,” Chaffetz said in introducing the resolution. “This action will demonstrate to the American people that the IRS is under repair, and signal that Executive Branch officials who violate the public trust will be held accountable.”
Koskinen “failed to act with competence and forthrightness in overseeing the investigation into Internal Revenue Service targeting of Americans because of their political affiliations,” the resolution claimed.
The resolution states that Koskinen “engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties,” specifically, by failing “to comply with a subpoena resulting in destruction of key evidence.” He “failed to locate and preserve IRS records in accordance with a congressional subpoena and an internal preservation order,” it stated.
The resolution also accuses Koskinen of failing to “testify truthfully” and of providing “false and misleading information” as well as failing “to notify Congress that key evidence was missing.”