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Ron DeSantis helps lead charge against IRS chief

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, is among the members of Congress taking the lead in trying to impeach John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

DeSantis, a candidate for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat, on Tuesday urged the House Committee on the Judiciary to move forward with impeachment, saying Koskinen should lose his job because he "stonewalled and obstructed attempts by Congress to find out truth about the IRS."

At issue are questions that date back two years to the scandal over how the IRS screened conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. DeSantis and others say Koskinen, brought in by President Obama to clean up the agency, has instead tried to block Congress' investigations.

The issue is also about politics, however, as DeSantis gears up for a hotly contested Republican primary in the U.S. Senate race. And Koskinen may be a useful target: He's an appointee of a Democratic president and head of the least-popular federal agency.

Still, pressed by a fellow congressman, DeSantis wouldn't pin any problems in the agency on the White House, and said he has "never argued" for Obama's impeachment.

"It's really irrelevant," he said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:53pm]


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