From a release which just came in from Craig McCulloch, a candidate for the 6th congressional district race, a little red meat for the folks. Seems like we might have mentioned something like this last week…
Today, Craig McCulloch called for the members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt of congress for refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena.
“This looks like Chicago politics,” McCulloch said. “If they want to play that game, let’s show them Chicago politics by placing Commissioner Koskinen under arrest until he complies with the congressional subpoena. The American people deserve honesty…and they deserve answers. If this isn’t a blatant and clear-cut example of contempt of Congress, I don’t know what is.”
McCulloch’s call for action comes just days after Commissioner Koskinen refused to apologize before the House Ways and Means Committee for the allegedly lost emails from Lois Lerner’s computer.
Upon a favorable vote from either committee, the resolution of contempt would be brought for a vote on the House Floor. If the resolution is passed, Commissioner Koskinen could be placed under arrest or made to answer charges by the Speaker of the House. He would then be arrested and imprisoned or handed over to the U.S Attorney’s office.
“You can blame it on a technical glitch, but it is not a technical glitch to mislead the American people,” Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the committee told Commissioner Koskinen. “What you have lost is all credibility.”
“I am sitting here listening to this testimony. I just, I don’t believe it. That’s your problem. Nobody believes you,” Rep. Paul Ryan said in response to Commissioner Koskinen’s comments.
ABC News reported, “Ryan pointed to several instances where the IRS’s evolving accounts of the targeting scandal have misled congressional investigators, with the agency claiming initially that no targeting of conservative organizations occurred, but later blaming the practice on a few rogue agents, and even contending that progressives were targeted as well.”
“All of those things have been proven untrue,” Ryan said. “This is being misleading again. This is a pattern of abuse, a pattern of behavior that is not giving us any confidence that this agency is being impartial.”
“It sounds like these bureaucrats need some motivation to come forward and produce the emails,” McCulloch said. “A resolution of contempt and a jail cell might do just the trick. This behavior and lack of cooperation is unbecoming of someone who serves the American people.”