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The House Judiciary Committee announced it will hold hearings looking into misconduct by the head of the Internal Revenue Service.
In what could eventually lead to an impeachment, House Republicans said Friday the committee would be investigating if Commissioner John Koskinen misled Congress and violated a subpoena, the Washington Times reported.
Specifically, the hearings will be looking into Koskinen’s conduct after a congressional subpoena ordered the IRS to preserve and turn over documents related to the targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups.
Koskinen is accused of not complying with the order and allowing backup tapes of emails from former senior executive Lois G. Lerner to be destroyed. An IRS internal auditor located thousands of emails after Koskinen had reported that they could not be found, leading the auditor to conclude that over 400 backup tapes had been erased by the agency, according to the Times.
“Our government is supposed to work for all Americans, not for a particular partisan agenda,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in a statement.
Goodlatte invited members of the House Oversight Committee to the hearings as they originally issued the subpoena and have been actively investigating Koskinen for a few years, the Times reported.
Oversight Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan said the committee hearings are “the right first step, but ultimately Congress should hold a vote on impeachment.”
“Commissioner Koskinen failed to fulfill his duty to the American people by allowing backup tapes containing potentially 24,000 emails to be destroyed,”Jordan said, according to the Times.. “He failed to inform Congress about the destruction of these backup tapes in a timely manner. He gave false testimony before Congress regarding the backup tapes, and then refused to correct the record when given the opportunity.”
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