House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Tex., on May introduced a resolution to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The action comes as the House Judiciary Committee is planning to review Koskinen’s performance at the Service (TAXDAY, 2016/05/17, C.2)
“The resolution seeks Commissioner Koskinen’s resignation or removal, and requires the forfeiture of his pension. Censure affords Congress additional consequences to consider in identifying appropriate penalties for the commissioner’s misdeeds,” Chaffetz said in a statement. “I view censure as a precursor to impeachment as it allows the House the opportunity to formally condemn Mr. Koskinen,” he added.
Chaffetz identified several actions by Koskinen that he said “warrant disapproval by Congress.” These include: “failure to comply with a subpoena resulting in destruction of key evidence; failure to locate and preserve IRS records in accordance with a congressional subpoena and an internal preservation order; and failure to testify truthfully under oath.”
Chaffetz has been a vocal critic of Koskinen. In 2015, Chaffetz introduced a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against Koskinen.
House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sander Levin, D-Mich., criticized the GOP for what he termed “political witch hunts…. These are all attempts to distract the American people from the fact that Republicans aren’t doing their job. Republicans need to stop the political madness and get serious about doing the hard work of legislating,” Levin said.
By George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News Staff
Oversight and Government Reform Press Release: Chaffetz Introduces Censure Resolution for IRS Commissioner
Text of the House Resolution Condemning and Censuring John A. Koskinen, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, HRes 737
Ways and Means Press Release: Levin Statement on Partisan Resolution Attacking the IRS Commissioner