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Pence Will Urge Trump to Sack IRS Boss

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Responding to the urging of House Republicans, Vice President Mike Pence will soon call on President Trump to fire or force the resignation of controversial Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen.

Newsmax learned this Thursday afternoon from several lawmakers at the House Republican Retreat in Philadelphia. Last year, irate Republican lawmakers unsuccessfully sought impeachment of Koskinen over the IRS's alleged targeting of tea party groups and other conservative organizations.

Emerging from a closed-door meeting with the vice president Thursday morning at the House Republican Retreat in Philadelphia, Rep,. Chris Collins (R.-N.Y.) confirmed that the subject of sacking Koskinen was raised.

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

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 and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said they opposed impeachment of the IRS boss.

"They were opposed to impeachment on the grounds his due process might be violated," explained Collins, one of the first House Republicans to endorse Trump for President.

"But they want him out of office as much as anyone. Firing him or demanding his resignation just might be the best way now to get him out."

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


 

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