Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, released the following statement regarding the committee’s decision to hold hearings examining misconduct by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen:
“A taxpayer could never get away with stonewalling an IRS audit in the same way that the IRS has stonewalled Congress regarding the IRS targeting scandal. Congress must stand up for the American people and hold wayward bureaucrats like John Koskinen accountable; it is intolerable for the head of this powerful agency to be allowed to operate under a lower standard of acceptable conduct than that which is applied to the taxpayers that the agency is charged with auditing. IRS Commissioner Koskinen has continually stonewalled the congressional investigation into the targeting scandal by failing to testify truthfully, refusing basic compliance, and allowing 24,000 of Lois Lerner's emails that had been subpoenaed by Congress to be destroyed. Koskinen has violated the public’s trust."
Last July, DeSantis and Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) were two of the first members to call for Koskinen’s impeachment, outlining the reasons in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the op-ed.