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House Lawmakers Pursue IRS Chief John Koskinen in Targeting Scandal

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Friday, 30 Oct 2015 10:08 AM

A tenacious group of House Republicans has distributed copies of four articles of impeachment to lawmakers on Capitol Hill calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The impeachment proponents — Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah who is spearheading the campaign and 18 others who are co-sponsoring — hope to drum up enough support to oust Koskinen following his agency's alleged targeting of conservative groups.

The campaign has taken on a new urgency following the announcement that IRS official Lois Lerner — the alleged kingpin of the targeting tactics — will not face criminal charges.

But the IRS and Treasury Department are staunchly defending Koskinen, calling the impeach drive "completely meritless and a distraction from important work on behalf of the American people‎."

"The IRS has cooperated with all congressional investigations and has committed to continuing to work with Congress moving forward. Secretary [Jack] Lew continues to have full confidence in Commissioner Koskinen," a Treasury spokesman told The Washington Post.

The impeachment resolution has "a good chance" of getting through the House Judiciary panel, led by Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, The Post says.
 
If it makes it through the House floor, the resolution would then go to the Senate for a vote.

But history is not on the side of success in such an attempt. As The Post points out, no Cabinet officer has been impeached by the House since Secretary of War William Belknap was booted in 1876.

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