John R. Houk
© November 14, 2015
John Koskinen was appointed as Commissioner to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2013 by President Barack Hussein Obama. Koskinen has lied to Congress and obstructed Congressional investigations into the IRS. Why should we be surprised? After all the IRS targeting of Conservative organizations has been going on and covered up at least since 2010 undoubtedly under the direction of President Barack Hussein Obama. When the light began to expose the crooked tax collecting organization subpoenas were ignored, documents lost or destroyed and the electronic fingerprints found attempted erasure.
HAS ANYONE BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE?
To date no one has faced criminal charges for either partisan attacks or the cover-up. Does that sound like White House cooperation in terminating the rats in the woodwork? What does that tell you? All scandal roads lead straight to President Obama. This can be surmised because the White House is involved in the same kind of obstruction to investigations with the Left Stream Media covering the Obama Administration’s back-side.
Discover The Networks has an excellent timeline of what is public knowledge of nefarious activities in the IRS that begin with Commissioner Doug Shulman and continued on by his replacement Steven Miller and then Miller’s replacement Daniel Werfel who has been replaced with the current corrupt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen:
In May 2013, it was learned that from April 2010 to April 2012, the Internal Revenue Service had placed on hold the processing of applications for tax-exempt status that it had received from hundreds of organizations with such presumably conservative indicators as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or “9/12” in their names. During that period, the IRS approved only four applications from conservative groups while green-lighting applications from several dozen organizations whose names included the likely left-leaning terms “Progressive,” “Progress,” “Liberal,” or “Equality.”
In February 2014, it was further learned that of the
already-existing nonprofits that were flagged for IRS surveillance (including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites, and any other publicly available information), 83% were conservative. And, of the groups that the IRS selected for audit, 100% were conservative.
This section of Discover The Networks provides a timeline of this illegal, blatantly partisan practice by the IRS.
February to March 2010: An email string from February – March 2010 includes a message from a California Exempt Organizations Determinations manager discussing a Tea Party application “currently being held in the Screening group.” The manager urges, “Please let ‘Washington’ know about this potentially embarrassing political case involving a ‘Tea Party’ organization. Recent media attention to this type of organization indicates to me that this is a ‘high profile’ case.” A co-worker responds: “I think sending it up here [DC] is a good idea given the potential for media interest.” (Source)
March 31 to April 1, 2010: Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU)—the 150,000-member union that represents employees of the IRS and 30 other government agencies—visits President Obama at the White House. NTEU’s Political Action Committee endorsed Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave … READ THE REST
What a surprise. A Union and President Obama have a strategy meeting. I doubt finger criminals was the topic of discussion. More than likely the discussions was how to grease the wheels of obstruction and cover-up.
A friend of mine forwarded a Tea Party Patriots email which rallies support to press the House to impeach Obama’s current IRS thug chief John Koskinen. A successful impeachment would bring to light a trail of criminality that I am confident will eventually lead to Obama and his White House minions. Below is the TPP email portions that deal with impeaching Koskinen (I’m leaving out the marketing pitch):
Hold Ryan Accountable, Impeach the IRS Commissioner, and Wear Your Support for Our Troops
Sent by Tea Party Patriots National Support Team
Sent: 11/13/15 12:58:58 -0800
Sign Our Petition to Impeach IRS Commissioner Koskinen
This week, Jenny Beth wrote an op-ed for The Hill laying out the reasons why Congress should impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. She wrote, “But impeachment is the appropriate response to Koskinen’s conduct in office, if impeachment is meant to be used, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 65, to remedy ‘those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.'” We need your help to build as much support for impeaching IRS Commissioner Koskinen! Sign our petition supporting efforts to impeach the IRS Commissioner!
Send a Message to Speaker Paul Ryan – Sign Our Petition!
Now that Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the House, it’s critical that we make sure he keeps the promises that he made to govern as a conservative and to decentralize power in the House. Help us send the message that we won’t let the new House leadership go back to doing business the same way John Boehner did. Make sure you sign our petition to hold Paul Ryan accountable!
… [End of Impeach Koskinen portion]
I included the Paul Ryan portion of the email because the new Speaker will be instrumental in moving the impeachment process along to a vote.
For your convenience I am cross posting the Jenny Beth article found at The Hill and used here by the Tea Party Patriots to highlight reasons to impeach John Koskinen as Commissioner of the IRS.
JRH 11/14/15 (Hat Tip Steven Hofer)
By Jenny Beth Martin
November 10, 2015, 07:30 am
House Republicans have introduced a resolution to impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, about which, a simple thought – it’s about damn time.
Impeaching a senior official of the federal government is no small deal. Only seventeen times since the Constitution came into force in 1789 has the House of Representatives even tried to impeach a federal official; only eight times has the Senate seen fit to convict. And not since March of 1876 has an appointed executive branch official been impeached. It’s a difficult thing to do, and it was meant to be; it should only be used for the most egregious offenses.
But impeachment is the appropriate response to Koskinen’s conduct in office, if impeachment is meant to be used, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 65, to remedy “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”
The text of H. Res. 494, introduced by Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and cosponsored by 22 others, makes plain Koskinen’s “abuse or violation of the public trust.”
In four separate articles of impeachment, Koskinen is charged with:
Failing to comply with a subpoena for evidence, resulting in the destruction of that evidence – 422 backup tapes, which housed as many as 24,000 Lois Lerner emails;
Failing to testify truthfully and providing false and misleading information to the Congress – Koskinen testified that the IRS had turned over all emails relevant to the congressional investigation (including Lerner’s emails), and then, when that proved to be inaccurate, he testified that the emails were unrecoverable, which also turned out to be false;
Failing to notify Congress that key evidence had gone missing – the IRS knew the Lerner emails were missing as early as February 2014, and, in fact, destroyed the emails in early March 2014. But the IRS didn’t tell Congress until June of that year, well after White House and Treasury officials had been notified.
In each of these charges, the evidence is clear – it is Koskinen’s own words, offered in sworn testimony to Congress, compared to the record of his and the IRS’s actions.
The resolution has been moved to the House Judiciary Committee, which will, presumably, mark it up and send it to the floor at the discretion of the House GOP Leadership. This gives newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) the perfect opportunity to prove to conservatives and the American people alike that he is truly ready to do the peoples’ work.
This shouldn’t be a heavy lift for Ryan – remember the Ways and Means oversight hearing where he tore into Koskinen, saying repeatedly he simply did not believe him? I do.
And what do the 2016 Republican presidential contenders think about the latest IRS revelations? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has asked the Justice Department to save documents related to the IRS investigation so that the next administration can have a shot at justice. But are the others willing to step in and defend the American people should one of them win the White House? Might I suggest that Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network choose this as a subject of conversation during tonight’s debate over some of the more ridiculous topics we’ve seen from other forums this year?
Remember, it was the IRS that was used as a political weapon to target citizens who were deemed opponents of this Administration. My organization and many affiliated with it have been on the receiving end of this political weapon and I would not wish it upon any American–including my worst political adversaries.
Not surprisingly, it was announced last month that the Obama Justice Department would not press charges against the person at the center of this scandal – former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner. So, just when will the American people receive justice?
A start would be to impeach and convict the man who continued the cover-up and denied justice for the American people, and I truly give House Republicans credit for seeming to understand this. Will Congress step up and do something meaningful to defend the American people? Help make your voice heard by adding your voice to the national petition at www.ImpeachJohn.com.
It’s about damn time.
Martin is president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.
Hold Koskinen and IRS Accountable for Crime
John R. Houk
© November 14, 2015
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