Huelskamp Moves to Impeach IRS Commissioner Koskinen


Date: July 14, 2016

Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) joined Representative John Fleming (LA-04) to offer a privileged motion on the floor of the House of Representatives to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The goal of this motion is simple: force members of Congress to vote on impeaching Commissioner Koskinen.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was supposed to reform the IRS after the scandal regarding the targeting of conservative groups years ago. Koskinen has failed to reform the IRS, failed to follow the legal requirements to preserve and hand over evidence in the targeting investigation, perjured himself in sworn testimony to Congress, and hid critical information from Congress. In fact, under his leadership, the IRS erased 422 backup tapes with as many as 24,000 emails.

"Time after time, Obama and those in his Administration have gotten away with behavior that would result in the rest of us getting fired or thrown in prison. Just last week, the Administration gave Hillary Clinton a free pass despite her criminal conduct.

"Congress has held countless congressional hearings on the impeachable offenses of Koskinen -- but there have been zero consequences for his behavior. It is time for him to be impeached and removed," Huelskamp said. "This action was necessary to bring national attention to this disgrace and to impeach and remove at least one Obama Administration official.

"No one should be above the law in America, especially the head of an agency that has harassed and threatened so many Americans. These folks work for us. They should not lie to us, destroy evidence in investigations, or hide it from us."