Congressman Jim Jordan’s Big Lie: Impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

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jim jordanby Gary Spina

Ah, yes, it’s an election year and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Disgusting, disgraceful things happen when every election season comes around.

I called into the Mark Levin Radio Show on May 24 to comment on Mark’s interview that night with Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and Jordan’s robust boasting to Mark – his showcasing, actually – of his intentions to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Don’t get me wrong, Lois Lerner, John Koskinen, Eric Holder, and Barack Obama himself should all have been impeached or charged in federal criminal court – as early as, and even long before 2013. But the Republicans were then and still are too cowardly. And nothing much has changed except we have an election coming up this year.

It’s campaign season again and on the campaign trail Congressman Jim Jordan is stoking old embers. On October 6, 2015, Michael Patrick Leahy posted a story at Breitbart reporting that Jim Jordan was calling on Congress to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. But Koskinen’s culpability and the evidence against him goes back even before his March 2014 testimony before Congress. The following charges against Koskinen are gleaned mostly from Leahy’s article:

In 2013, it was revealed that the IRS had targeted conservative and Tea Party affiliated groups for exercising their First Amendment rights, denying outright or indefinitely postposing their tax-exempt status, subjecting them to impossible standards of compliance, and compelling them to reveal donors, to release information as to their religious beliefs or what their religious affiliations were – and even give transcripts of the content of the prayers spoken at their meetings.

Lois Lerner, a former assistant general counsel with the Federal Election Commission, was at that time, in 2013, the director of the IRS’s Exempt-Organizations Unit which ran rough-shod over any organization that had “liberty” or “Tea Party” or any such offensive words in their title. At the height of the scandal, Lerner exercised her Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify before Congress.

Commissioner Koskinen, took over in the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, and immediately proceeded to slow-walk his internal investigation and frustrate Congress’s attempts to ascertain the truth. An impeachment indictment against Koskinen would cite destruction of evidence in the wiping clean or the “recycling” of the computer hard-drives in Lois Lerner’s office. On March 4, 2014, a Treasury inspector general discovered that the IRS had erased 422 backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 emails.

An impeachment indictment would cite Koskinen giving false testimony before Congress as he testified that he had “confirmed” that all relevant computer backup tapes were unrecoverable, yet more than 1,000 computer backup tapes were discovered by an IRS inspector general — approximately 700 of which contained retrievable relevant information.
In his Breitbart article, Leahy wrote: “Mr. Koskinen deliberately kept Congress in the dark. Based on testimony received by the committee, we now know that the IRS appears to have spent the four months working with the Obama administration to fine-tune talking points to mitigate the fallout.”
As I said, the story is old, and would require hundreds of pages to chronicle events more hideous than what I’ve cited above. But in this election season, on the Mark Levin Radio Show, Congressman Jim Jordan put some fire under that old rhetoric and gave it new publicity, playing it up for all it is worth – knowing full well that nothing, absolutely nothing will ever come of all his pre-election impeachment blustering.

Mark Levin is one of the few true conservative-Constitutionalists in media today – in America today — and obnoxious as he can be at times, Levin has always been passionately a patriot. But Levin missed it that night. And as I waited in the queue, the show went off the air and I never got to call him out on the Jordan blathering and the overt campaign stump speech aired on his show.

So, we ask ourselves, what is really happening in the impeachment process of the IRS commissioner who openly scorns Congress and thumbs his nose at the American people? Well, said Jim Jordan, impeachment proceedings are finally getting somewhere. It’s all going before two hearings in Congress to see how we are going to advance on this. Blah, blah, blah, blah.

So, how will Congress advance on this and what committees are doing what exactly? Where was Mark Levin to ask one simple question – and ask it over and over again until he got a definitive answer: “So, what are you doing about it? So, Mister Congressman from Ohio, running for reelection, what are you personally doing about it?”

But Levin gushed over how wonderful Jordan is, and to any of Levin’s mild questioning Jordan answered: Well, this and well, that… Well, we have convinced our leadership – yes, the Speaker, too, to look into this, to take up where we are going to go from here… blah, blah, blah, blah… We are going from the Oversight Committee to the Judiciary Committee, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Okay, Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, don’t tell us about all the obstacles in your way. For all your bluster, what are you personally doing about impeaching John Koskinen?

Does anyone really believe we are going to impeach Koskinen in the dangerous eight months remaining of the Obama administration – that in that timeframe the House of Representatives will initiate impeachment proceedings and then refer the trial to completion in the United States Senate? What was the delay to the impeachment process at the start of the 114th United States Congress – with Jim Jordan and the rest of the Republicans in the majority in both houses? Blah, blah, blah, blah.

Jim Jordan, you are going to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, are you? Well, since you are all hell and hailstones in taking this whole matter and running with it, why don’t we just withhold any of our votes for you until the man is actually on trial?

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