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Republicans wage likely futile fight to oust IRS chief

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>> Please rise.>> House Republicans in a 2.5 hour hearing on Tuesday calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Long sought after retribution by Republicans stemming from the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status back in 2012. Which led to a FBI investigation that produced no evidence of criminal wrong doing.
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But several top Republicans not giving up the fight just yet.>> When Congress asks you a question, you're expected to give a truthful answer.>> House representative Jason Chivas whose usually on the other side of the panel acting as star witness.>> So help you God.>> Bashing Koskinen for not attending the hearing, and accusing him of misleading lawmakers and failing to preserve emails.
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>> Mr Koskinen did not tell the truth to Congress. He provided false testimony and failed to comply with the subpoena. He could have prevented evidence from being destroyed, but he didn't. And he didn't tell the truth about it. The few Democrats who showed up for the proceeding calling the hardline Republican effort unsubstantiated partisan grandstanding, and most likely pointless.
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>> It arises, sad to say, from the worst partisan instincts. It is not based in the facts. And it has virtually no chance of success in my view in the Senate.>> So called Tea Party Targeting Scandal did result in budget cuts and job loses for the IRS after the investigation.
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Koskinen who was brought in to clean up the agency in 2013, in a statement denied the charges against him.