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House Oversight Committee Calls for Firing of IRS Head

Citing a “failure to preserve and produce documentation” for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s political targeting investigating, Republicans sent President Obama a letter calling for the firing of Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen.

The 29-page letter, signed by 21 of the Committee’s republicans, outlines the “evidence of the violations on the part of the IRS and Commissioner Koskinen in properly complying with both a congressional subpoena and its own internal preservation order.”

Koskinen is a 76-year-old with a reputation for turning around anemic organizations, became Internal Revenue Service commissioner in December 2013.

The IRS wasn’t able to retrieve many of the requested e-mails, some of which turned up after a more extensive search. Republicans blame Koskinen for not looking hard enough, and for telling them all of the e-mails would be produced, and failing to prevent the agency from destroying backup tapes after the IRS was supposed to be maintaining documents.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a press conference, “we will pursue all of our constitutional remedies. That could potentially include contempt of Congress. That could potentially include impeaching the IRS commissioner himself.”

Removal from office by impeachment requires a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds vote in the Senate, requiring at least 13 Democrats’ consent.

To date, the House has impeached 19 federal officials, and the Senate has removed eight of those. The threat of impeachment, however, can be an effective method of prompting officials to resign.

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