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Palmer Joins Call for the Removal of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

July 27, 2015
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington D.C. - Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) joins his fellow members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in calling for President Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  Mr. Koskinen repeatedly gave misleading and false testimony to Congress, and failed to preserve evidence related to the troubling scandal where various conservative non-profit organizations were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for exercising their right to freedom of speech.

“Mr. Koskinen has repeatedly provided misleading testimony to Congress and has failed to comply with a Congressional subpoena. This behavior is unacceptable, particularly for someone in such a powerful position,” said Palmer.

Mr. Koskinen testified before Congress that the IRS had gone to “great lengths” and had spent a “significant amount of money” to preserve and produce all of former IRS Commissioner Lois Learner’s emails.  However, further investigation has shown that the IRS had only examined Ms. Learner’s crashed hard drive, and did not examine her blackberry or laptop; nor had the IRS examined email servers or backup tapes.  The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found 744 backup tapes, some containing missing emails from Ms. Learner, in just 15 days.  These tapes lead to over 1000 unique emails being recovered, and revealed that there could be up to 24,000 additional missing emails.

Commissioner Koskinen also failed to preserve tapes that included back-ups of Ms. Learner’s emails, even though these emails were subject to a Congressional subpoena.  Backup tapes, which had been subpoenaed in August 2013, were destroyed in March, 2014 under his watch.  Mr. Koskinen promised that the IRS would produce all of Ms. Learner’s emails, yet he failed to inform Congress that many of them were missing and withheld this information for approximately four months.

You can view Congressman Palmer’s remarks at the Oversight and Government Reform Committee press conference by clicking the link below:

https://youtu.be/zl5RhIZMkAI

For any additional questions, contact:

Cliff Smith, (202) 225-4921, clifford.smith@mail.house.gov

U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) serves on three Congressional committees: Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, and Science, Space and Technology.  Visit Palmer online at his website or via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram