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Tue Jun 14, 2016, 06:31 AM

House panel to consider measure censuring IRS chief

Source: Reuters

Politics | Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:11pm EDT

House panel to consider measure censuring IRS chief

WASHINGTON | BY DAVID MORGAN

A Republican-controlled oversight committee in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Monday that it will consider a measure censuring the head of the Internal Revenue Service on allegations related to scrutiny of conservative groups.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who is already facing a Republican-led impeachment effort, would be condemned for conduct inconsistent with "trust and confidence" under a measure due to come before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday.

Republicans, including the committee chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, allege that Koskinen failed to comply with a House subpoena as lawmakers sought evidence that the agency targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny. IRS actions came to light in early 2013, months before Koskinen arrived at the agency.

IRS officials had no immediate comment. Koskinen has denied any wrongdoing.

Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the oversight committee's top Democrat, accused Republicans of leap-frogging over the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding its own hearings to determine whether Koskinen committed any wrongdoing.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-irs-idUSKCN0YZ2KC

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