Last evening, The Daily Caller reported that members of the House Freedom Caucus introduced a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The resolution filed by Reps. John Fleming of Louisiana and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas reiterates the Republican position “he [Koskinen] misled Congress and violated a subpoena related to the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.” According to the cited May 2016 DC article, the House was to “begin” holding impeachment hearings near the end of May.
As The Daily Caller reported at that time:
The House Committee on the Judiciary will hold two hearings, starting May 24, to determine whether Koskinen misled Congress and violated a subpoena related to the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Republican critics have called for Koskinen’s impeachment since October, claiming he kept documents from Congress and allowed backup tapes containing Lerner’s emails to be destroyed. Lerner, former director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division, retired in 2013.
This is now July. The last hearing on impeachment was held in June with the best action being censure of Koskinen since the Justice Department ceased the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups in October of last year without any charges being filed.
Again, another dog and pony hearing show for the public without any adequate resolution.
Now, the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) is moving to get an impeachment resolution. Anyone actually believe this is going anywhere?
“He deliberately kept Congress and the American people in the dark, making materially false statements under oath,” Fleming said in a statement. “Koskinen needs to be held accountable and in this case that means impeachment. We can no longer wait.”
“With two subpoenas and three preservation orders in place, under Mr. Koskinen’s watch the IRS destroyed 422 backup tapes containing potentially 24,000 emails relevant to the IRS targeting of conservative organizations. This is unacceptable,” HFC Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan said in a statement. “The American people see two standards in this country: one for ‘we, the people’ and another for the powerful and politically connected. No private citizen would be able to get away with what the IRS did, and neither should Mr. Koskinen.”
The American public agrees there are two standards when it comes to application of the law. Powerful, politically connected elites and politicians are allowed to operate with impunity when breaking the law while the average citizen is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In some cases, the system invents charges against citizens in order to silence dissent of a political nature.
Impeachment is the proper course of action for Mr. Koskinen. However, impeachment only removes the individual from office. It does not hold the individual accountable to the people. That is done through filing of criminal charges and prosecution in a court of law. Being that Hussein Soetoro occupies the Oval Office, one could probably bet in Las Vegas and win the Dictator-in-Chief will issue a pardon for Koskinen’s obstruction that protects the king wannabe.
House GOP leaders oppose the measure as reported by Politico. The Judiciary Committee, after holding two hearings, saw top Republican panel members claim they did not have a winnable case against Koskinen. Speaker Ryan, who has openly opposed the impeachment measure, received an almost ultimatum from the HFC. The group warned Ryan “it would file a privileged resolution – effectively bypassing leadership – if the House Speaker did not agree to initiate impeachment proceedings in the Judiciary Committee.”
This may turn out to be an uphill battle since many senior Republican lawmakers “fear the drive to oust the IRS commissioner will inappropriately lower the standard for impeachment.”
What is an appropriate standard for impeachment according to the Constitution? In Article II, Section 4 – Disqualification, the standard for impeachment is “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” With the charges levied by Republicans against Koskinen, the IRS commissioner’s actions would fall under “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
But, the “senior” Republicans are attempting to rewrite the “standards for impeachment” by ignoring the Constitution and applying their own “standard.”
Americans should get plenty of popcorn and their favorite drink in order to make it through another circus “dog and pony” show enacted for the benefit of the public. By engaging in the impeachment ruse, Republicans will have some plausible deniability on why the law is ignored, why individuals who have committed wrong-doing are operating with impunity, and why there exists two standards for justice – one for the political elite and one for the average citizen. Don’t expect anything but more “B,G &C” to come out of the mouths of those who continually violate their oath of office and engage in “entertainment politics.” If both chambers of Congress were truly interested in holding accountable the lawbreakers in the administration, including the fraud Hussein Soetoro, action would have been taken a long time ago.