Koskinen declines to appear at own impeachment hearing

PoliticoIRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not appear Tuesday at a “misconduct” hearing at which Republicans will lay out a case to impeach him for allegedly failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, the IRS told POLITICO.

I can understand why he wouldn't want to show up for his ritual humiliation, especially when he would be asking to defend his own basically indefensible actions. But when you've done wrong, you can choose to duck the issue and hide like a coward, or face the music and admit wrongdoing. Clearly, Koskinen has chosen the coward's path.

You can watch the hearing here.

He did submit written testimony, though.

Washington Times[Koskinen] said his months long delay in informing Congress of the Lerner hard drive crash was because he wanted to investigate the matter within the IRS first, before making “a full and timely report” to watchdogs.

To me, that right there is an admission of lying to Congress to obstruct justice. Remember, he told Congress repeatedly even after he knew emails were missing that he would produce all of Lerner's emails. If he knew they were missing, knew that was suspicious, knew that he would need to investigate the matter, and knew that he would need to report the missing emails to IRS watchdogs, then why would he lie to Congress and delay reporting the loss while he investigated -- unless his investigation was for the purposes of covering up the evidence before the watchdog, which he did not control, became involved?

And remember, too -- the server backup tapes were destroyed after Koskinen learned of the problem, while he was presumably investigating.

This entry was published Thu May 26 11:31:24 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-05-26 11:31:24.0. [Tweet]

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