This is what we have been waiting for. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has introduced Articles of Impeachment! No, these won’t be against Barack Obama (though they would certainly be warranted).
Articles of Impeachment have been introduced to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
I know what you’re probably thinking. Why impeach the head of the IRS? Is it even constitutional?
To start, yes it is constitutional. Congress has the authority to impeach cabinet members, though it hasn’t happened since 1876 when Congress impeached then-Secretary of War William Belknap for corruption.
Why impeach the IRS Commissioner? Well, Mr. Koskinen has repeatedly lied under oath surrounding his department’s handling of Lois Lerner’s emails. 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.
This is only exacerbated by the fact that the DOJ has announced it will not bring charges against Lois Lerner. No, that’s not a joke. They are going to let her get away with it.
The fact of the matter is that as long as these criminals are affiliated with the Obama administration, the DOJ will never get taken down.
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 irrelevant. 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.
The only option is impeachment.
“Commissioner Koskinen violated the public trust,” Chaffetz announced on Tuesday, “He failed to comply with a congressionally issues subpoena, documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled.”
“Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress,” Chaffetz continued.
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 every one of 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!