House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on IRS Misconduct
The House Judiciary Committee will host two hearings in the coming weeks regarding alleged “misconduct” by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
The panel will first hear from witnesses presenting on the findings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee concerning “the targeting of conservative groups for several years.” These allegations date back to 2013, before Koskinen’s time, when the IRS Inspector General reported that the tax-exempt division scrutinized conservative groups more so than others applying for tax-exempt status.
“The fact that officials at the IRS wielded their power to target certain Americans for their political views is both outrageous and contrary to our nation’s values,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). “As a result of the IRS’ targeting, conservative groups were singled out across the nation, resulting in lengthy paperwork requirements, overly burdensome information requests, and lengthy, unwarranted delays in their applications.”
The second hearing – to be held in June – will also examine the findings from the first hearing and determine “whether further congressional action is warranted.”
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) previously filed articles of impeachment last October, accusing Koskinen of erasing backup computer files containing emails written by the former IRS Commissioner who served during the time these allegations were made, Lois Lerner.
In a statement issued from the IRS, they did not confirm whether Koskinen would attend the hearings, and cited Koskinen’s cooperation with four congressional investigations regarding the IRS’s handling of applications from conservative groups. They maintained that they will continue to cooperate.
The statement also said, “Commissioner Koskinen and the IRS workforce remain focused on serving the nation’s taxpayers. In addition to completing a successful filing season this spring, we continue making progress on a number of important issues involving taxpayer service, tax enforcement and cybersecurity.”
Last year, the Justice Department formally closed its investigation into these allegations without filing criminal charges.
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