The push to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has made waves that
could extend well beyond the federal agency. The move, ignited by a resolution
introduced on October, 27 by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Chairman Jason Chaffetz and 18 committee members, isn’t expected
to go far initially. However, many believe the call for impeachment could
mean big things for the IRS and future commissioners.
Attorney William R. Cowden of The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service recently commented on
the movement on Federal News Radio. Sharing his insight as a federal employment
lawyer and former Justice Department senior trial attorney, Attorney Cowden
discussed how even a push - despite the likelihood of success - can disrupt
an entire agency and its ability to perform its business. Additionally,
he touched on how impeachment or the threat of impeachment could impact
“If you’re not careful and you’re not judicious about
when you’re using this threat and this impeachment authority, you’re
going to end up with nobody who is competent and willing to serve in the
The articles of impeachment - which allege Koskinen’s false misleading
statements during testimony, and failure to act with competence when overseeing
the IRS investigation of the email and auto backlog scandal - will now
be reviewed by a House Judiciary Committee. Should it clear a resolution,
the House would need to vote for impeachment and the Senate would need
a two-thirds majority to impeach Koskinen.
According to Attorney Cowden, this is not likely to happen, as the mistakes
made by the IRS don’t necessarily constitute an issue of moral turpitude
or something that makes Koskinen unfit for office. For example, as Mr.
Cowden tells Federal News Radio, making an assumption that someone knew
testimony was false because facts later showed it was inaccurate is not
the same as saying somebody knew their testimony was false when they said it.
You can read the full article and Attorney Cowden’s comments