A pair of local Congressmen are renewing the push to impeach the current head of the Internal Revenue Service for lying about using audits as a means of punishing conservative-leaning organizations.
In a speech during a special order on the House floor last night, Republican Ron DeSantis urged his fellow lawmakers to reconsider a resolution against John Koskinen that was introduced in the House last October.
“There is a need to get the truth, but there is also a need for this institution here to stand up for itself," DeSantis stated. "It’s really a question of the House’s self-respect. How much longer can we, as elected officials, allow the bureaucracy to simply walk all over the Congress?"
Fellow Republican Ted Yoho joined DeSantis in that announcement, as did 3 other House representatives.
Koskinen allegedly failed to comply with congressional subpoenas, lied under oath and didn't tell Congress that key evidence had gone missing in the IRS illicit targeting scandal uncovered in 2013.
"We are supposed to be the people’s representatives," DeSantis noted. "We are supposed to be able to do justice for them when the government is not acting appropriately. [There is] no excuse for our failure to discharge our basic constitutional duties.”
DeSantis co-wrote an opinion piece last July demanding that Congress impeach Koskinen if President Barack Obama refuses to remove him. It ran in the Wall Street Journal.