Ladies and gentlemen, set your faces to “stunned.” House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again caved to the Democrats. Shocking, I know.
Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, forcing the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when Congress adjourns at the end of this year.
It was a quiet end to a saga that had bedeviled GOP leaders for more than a year, dating back to revelations that Mr. Koskinen misled a congressional investigation looking into the tea party-targeting scandal and former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner’s lost emails.
Conservatives had been agitating for impeachment, saying Mr. Koskinen should be punished for defying a subpoena and providing inaccurate information. He admitted that he did give inaccurate information to Congress in the Lerner investigation, but said it was inadvertent and said he’d helped the agency clean up its act in the wake of the tea party scandal.
Disgusting political shenanigans like this are exactly what Donald Trump means when he says he wants to “drain the swamp.” Koskinen lied to Congress, and should at the very least be impeached, if not criminally charged.