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White House Mum on Fate of IRS Boss Koskinen

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By John Gizzi
Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 10:06 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The fate of controversial Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen at the hands of President Donald Trump remained uncertain as of Thursday.

At the regular briefing for reporters at the White House, Newsmax reminded Press Secretary Sean Spicer numerous House Republicans recently met with Vice President Mike Pence and urged him to tell the President to sack the controversial IRS boss.

"Had Pence brought their intentions to the president and, if so, what was the fate of Koskinen?" we asked.

"I have nothing to update you on," replied the president's top spokesman.

Last year, irate Republican lawmakers unsuccessfully sought impeachment of Koskinen over the IRS's alleged targeting of tea party groups and other conservative organizations.

In December, the motion to impeach Koskinen was beaten by a vote of 342-to-72 on the full House floor. Several House GOP leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said they opposed impeachment of the IRS boss on the grounds his due process might be violated.

During the House Republican retreat in Philadelphia last month, Newsmax learned several Republican lawmakers urged Pence to tell the president Koskinen must resign or be fired.

"[Pence] said 'I can hear you,'" said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who said the vice president "promised us" he would share with President Trump the strong belief of Republicans in Congress that "Koskinen must go."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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