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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

(READ) Rep. Gosar Among 19 Republicans Calling For Impeachment Of IRS Commissioner For "Despicable Conduct And...Fraudulent Statements"

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) is among 19 House Republicans on the Oversight Committee
filing impeachment papers against the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"). Gosar said the charges are appropriate because of his "despicable conduct and his fraudulent statements under oath."

Here is Gosar's full statement:

“On Koskinen’s watch, the IRS intentionally destroyed nearly 24,000 emails from Lois Lerner and failed to comply with a Congressional subpoena. To make matters worse, Commissioner Koskinen made a series of false and misleading statements, under oath, to Congress at multiple committee hearings on this matter. Koskinen said in March 2014 that the IRS had turned over all Lerner’s emails and all requested information, yet, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration uncovered more than 1,000 emails that the IRS tried to hide. As a result of this despicable conduct and his fraudulent statements under oath, Koskinen is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and must be impeached.

“Under the direction of Commissioner John Koskinen, IRS officials have led a coordinated effort to hide the truth about this rogue agency’s targeting of innocent Americans based on their political beliefs. There is an old saying in Washington that ‘It's not the crime, it's the cover up’... In this case, it’s both. Commissioner Koskinen’s crimes are a scar on our Republic and an affront to the first amendment protections of our Constitution. Make no mistake, unelected bureaucrats, such as Commissioner Koskinen, will continue to freely violate the rule of law until the House enforces its sovereign power of impeachment under Article I, Section 2, Clause 5. These bureaucratic henchmen haven’t suffered any negative consequences for their corruption. That must end now.”

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