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Ways & Means GOP Members Call for IRS's Koskinen Ouster

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 06:04 PM

GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee are urging President Donald Trump to dump IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, arguing "trust in the IRS is hitting rock-bottom."

The request came Wednesday in a letter signed by 15 lawmakers on the powerful House panel.

In a statement on the panel's website, panel chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, bluntly advised: "He has to go."

"I have lost all faith in Commissioner Koskinen's ability to lead the IRS," Brady said in a statement. "He has been dishonest with Congress, and the IRS — under his watch — has continuously violated taxpayer rights."

In the letter, the lawmakers decried what they characterized as a cascade of events that point to mismanagement.

"Trust in the IRS is hitting rock-bottom under IRS Commissioner John Koskinen," they wrote.

"Not only was key evidence relevant to this Committee's investigation destroyed under his watch, but he also misled Congress in the process, intentionally degraded customer service at the agency, and has since lost the trust of the American people."

Conservatives in the House have long argued for action against Koskinen – even impeachment – for his handling of the probe of the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups.

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GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee are urging President Donald Trump to dump IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, arguing "trust in the IRS is hitting rock-bottom."
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