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October 28, 2015

House Committee Calls for Impeachment of IRS Chief

Four days after the Justice Department closed its investigation of Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative groups seeking nonprofit status, a group of congressional Republicans called Tuesday for the tax agency's leader to be impeached over the issue, reports The Washington Post.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen had misled the public and lied to Congress about the alleged targeting and the availability of emails sought by the panel. Eighteen GOP members of the committee, which has spent two years investigating the matter, joined Mr. Chaffetz's impeachment resolution.

President Obama appointed Mr. Koskinen to head the IRS in late 2013, several months after agency officials acknowledged heightened reviews of Tea Party organizations applying for 501(c)(4) tax exemptions. The Justice Department ended its inquiry without filing criminal charges, saying that it found evidence of mismanagement and poor judgment but not political motivation, the Post previously reported. IRS officials did not respond to requests for comment on the impeachment push.