This is what we have been waiting for. Congress is getting ready to file articles of impeachment. No, these won’t be against Barack Obama (though they would certainly be warranted).
The house is testing the waters to gauge support for impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
I know what you’re probably thinking. Why impeach the head of the IRS?
Well, Mr. Koskinen has repeatedly lied under oath surrounding his department’s handling of Lois Lerner’s emails. And just this week, we learned that despite being under Congressionally imposed preservation orders, Mr. Koskinen’s department destroyed the back-ups for Lois Lerner’s emails.
What Congress gave the IRS had all the powers of a court order. They were ordered to preserve all documents. Instead, they deliberately destroyed Lois Lerner’s back-up hard-drives and then lied to Congress about it.
In law, what the IRS did is known as “spoliation of evidence.” By definition, the spoliation of evidence is the intentional, reckless, or negligent withholding, hiding, altering, or destroying of evidence relevant to a legal proceeding. If someone violates this order and destroys evidence, then it becomes assumed that they were guilty. Otherwise, people would just destroy evidence in order to get off.
When Congress notified the IRS that it was under investigation, the Agency had the legal obligation to safeguard all emails, data, and documents. That’s what a preservation order means. They didn’t do that.
The IRS destroyed 422 back-up hard drives containing Lois Lerner emails knowing full well that they had a legal obligation to safeguard this data.
Three weeks later, John Koskinen testified before Congress that everything was going smoothly and that the committee would get all of its requested documents. But this was a lie because the IRS Commissioner knew the tapes were already deleted and wiped clean.
Whether the IRS destroyed these back-up hard drives deliberately or ignorantly is of no issue. By destroying the evidence, the burden of proof completely shifts. Instead of the presumption of innocence, the IRS is now presumed to be guilty.
It doesn’t matter what the excuse is. The IRS destroyed evidence after being instructed to safeguard it. On top of that, the IRS Director lied about it under oath to Congress.
This is the chance to send a clear message and ensure that the history books remember the Obama administration for what it is: criminal.
The votes aren’t there to impeach the President, but we can start by impeaching his crooked Cabinet officials.
What has taken place in this administration is nothing short of a cover-up of what took place in the IRS. Even Richard Nixon knew better than to destroy the tapes. But that is exactly what the IRS has deliberately done and it’s time to start holding these lying bureaucrats accountable!