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Of course: IRS commish ‘regrettably’ unable to attend misconduct hearing

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By Doug Powers  •  May 24, 2016 10:13 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

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Happy to help elevate President Obama’s promise of “historic transparency” to new heights, John Koskinen is eager to won’t answer any and all questions at a congressional hearing that could culminate in his impeachment as IRS commissioner:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not appear Tuesday at a “misconduct” hearing at which Republicans will lay out a case to impeach him for allegedly failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, the IRS told POLITICO.

Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee summoned the tax chief to answer accusations from the House Oversight panel that he failed to preserve documents Congress requested for its probe of the IRS tea party scandal. They also say Koskinen didn’t tell the full truth about erased backup tapes containing copies of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner.

Some Republicans even suspect the IRS intentionally destroyed documents as part of a cover-up.

Koskinen would like to be there but he’s attending a bonfire in Lois Lerner’s backyard:

“[W]hile I must regrettably decline your invitation, I remain willing to appear before the committee in the future,” Koskinen wrote in a May 23 letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte.

The word “regrettably” in there wouldn’t survive an honesty audit.

So I guess the only remaining question to ponder is this: If you get impeached but aren’t there to hear it, does it make a sound?

**Written by Doug Powers

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