An IRS spokesperson told Wolters Kluwer on May 23 that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not testify at the May 24 House Judiciary Committee (HJC) hearing set to examine his alleged misconduct as commissioner. Koskinen cited a number of reasons for his upcoming absence from the hearing, including a lack of time to prepare and prior commitment to a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on May 25. Additionally, “Koskinen believes there is an extensive record from the congressional investigations and previous hearing on the actions taken at the IRS,” according to the IRS statement released to Wolters Kluwer.
The May 24 hearing will be the first of two scheduled to examine Koskinen’s role as chief of the Service (TAXDAY, 2016/05/17, C.2 ). It will examine the findings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation. The second hearing is scheduled for some time in June.
In a May 23 letter sent by Koskinen to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va, Koskinen stated the allegations against him “lack merit.” Koskinen also provided a statement for the record, in which he acknowledged lawmakers’ “understandable frustration” and addressed each of the four proposed articles of impeachment that he believes have “no substance.”
“Under my direction, the IRS has responded comprehensively and in good faith to the various subpoenas and document requests from the investigating entities,” Koskinen said. “[T]he Constitution reserves the use of impeachment for “treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors….” None of my actions…viewed in light of all the facts, come close to that level,” he concluded.
By Jessica Watkins, Wolters Kluwer News Staff
IRS Statement on Judiciary Committee Hearing
IRS Commissioner Koskinen’s Letter to the House Judiciary Committee