House Republicans kicked off the path to impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Tuesday with a hearing exploring the ways the agency chief, hired to clean up after the tea party targeting scandal, instead bungled the probe and botched his handling of a congressional subpoena.
Mr. Koskinen declined to appear to testify, citing a crowded schedule. And lawmakers blocked his written testimony he submitted defending himself from even being entered into the hearing record, saying he had his chance to defend himself and refused to appear.
But Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee that has pursued the investigation into the tea party targeting, said there’s little question Mr. Koskinen has broken faith with Congress.
“When Congress asks you a question you’re expected to give a truthful answer. And when Congress gives you a subpoena, compliance isn’t optional,” the Utah Republican said, laying out the case for punishing Mr. Koskinen.
Mr. Chaffetz has written a censure resolution rebuking Mr. Koskinen, and a number of lawmakers have called for the agency chief’s impeachment.