More Lawmakers Call for IRS Commissioner to Be Fired

A second group of lawmakers are asking President Trump to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Calls are growing to have IRS Commissioner John Koskinen fired as a second group of more than 30 lawmakers sent a letter to President Trump asking that he be removed from the agency.

The letter was sent on April 6, just days after another letter was sent by the House Ways and Means Committee asking that Koskinen be fired. The latest letter was sent by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The letter primarily referenced the IRS targeting scandal of conservative groups as well as destruction of documents pertinent to the Committee’s investigation which all happened on Koskinen’s watch as reasons he needs to be removed. The letter also says that Koskinen “testified falsely under oath” before the House Ways and Means Committee.

“So long as the IRS commissioner is a man who has misled the people, destroyed evidence, and failed his legal duties to the people’s representatives in Congress, the IRS is not ‘controlled by the people.’ For that reason, we request you immediately remove Koskinen,” concluded the lawmakers in their letter.

A copy of the letter is included below.

2017-04-06 Letter to President Trump Re: John Koskinen

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