SOURCE: Garza & Harris

Garza & Harris

September 27, 2016 07:30 ET

Attorney Joe Garza Declares Koskinen Impeachment Hearings "Unprecedented"

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - September 27, 2016) - Last Wednesday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen faced the House Judiciary Committee in an impeachment hearing. Koskinen stands for impeachment after accusations made by Republicans of failing to provide information to Congress and lying under oath during an investigation on rejected 501(c) statuses for Tea Party organizations. Should Koskinen be ousted, he will be the first executive-branch official impeached since 1876.

"This is an unprecedented maneuver," says Tax Attorney Joe Garza. "No group or individual has gone after an appointed official of this caliber in this way in recent memory."

The allegations stem from a Congressional investigation into IRS practices in 2013 when Republicans accused the IRS of targeting Tea Party Organizations by not issuing them 501(c) statuses.

"If what Republicans are saying is true -- that the IRS targeted Tea Party organizations in order to reduce the amount of money that could be donated to them -- then it is one of the most grotesque examples of Government corruption in modern times," said Garza.

Regardless of the truth about deliberate blocking of organizations from receiving tax-exempt status, the hunt for Koskinen's impeachment is odd for one main reason -- Koskinen didn't even work for the IRS when the alleged events took place.

Koskinen stands accused of lying about documents pertaining to the rejection of Tea Party Organizations' tax-exempt status under oath.

"It seems to be a convenient time for Republicans to be rallying for Koskinen's ouster. It's possible that this pressure has as much to do with the upcoming election as it does with the actual accusations," Garza speculated.

"The IRS has a bad reputation with many Americans, so it is no surprise to see this getting the kind of press that it is," said Garza. "One thing is for certain: the IRS has to start changing the way that it does business."

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