Jason Chaffetz Pushes For Impeachment Of IRS Commissioner
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants Congress to impeach wayward government agents more often, and he’d like GOP leadership to start with Commissioner of Internal Revenue John Koskinen.
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, likened impeachment “to a muscle that has atrophied over time,” and said he wants to “Get that muscle working again—this should be a common occurrence, this shouldn’t be once in a century.”
Chaffetz believes impeachment is within Congress’ Constitutional authority. “This was the safety valve,” he explained, “for somebody who’s not serving the best interest of the United States of America.”
Congress has only impeached 19 federal officials in its history. The last impeached executive agent forced out of office was United States Secretary of War, William Belknap, in 1876 over charges of corruption.