Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), alongside Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04), has authored an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal calling for the removal of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, either by President Barack Obama or Congress. Read the op-ed here.
Reps. DeSantis and Jordan write:
“If the president doesn–t remove Mr. Koskinen from his post, then Congress should remove him through impeachment. The impeachment power is a political check that, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 65 in 1788, protects the public against “the abuse or violation of some public trust.”?
Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story echoed Hamilton in 1833 when he distinguished impeachable offenses from criminal offenses, noting that they “are aptly termed political offenses, growing out of personal misconduct or gross neglect, or usurpation, or habitual disregard for the public interests . . . They must be examined upon very broad and comprehensive principles of public policy and duty.”?
John Koskinen has violated the public trust, breached his fiduciary obligations and demonstrated his unfitness to serve. Mr. President, it–s time for Commissioner Koskinen to go. If you don–t act, we will.”?