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Congressional Republicans seek ouster of U.S. tax agency chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nineteen Republican conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Tuesday for the impeachment of John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

In the latest confrontation between the tax-collection agency and Congress, Representative Jason Chaffetz slammed Koskinen, who has been a favorite Republican punching bag.

“Commissioner Koskinen violated the public trust. He failed to comply with a congressionally issued subpoena, documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled.

“Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress,” Chaffetz said in a statement.

An IRS spokeswoman responded: “The IRS vigorously disputes the allegations in the resolution. We have fully cooperated with all of the investigations.”

The IRS has been under attack from Republicans since mid-2013 when a scandal erupted over its scrutiny of applications for U.S. tax-exempt status from political groups aligned with the conservative Tea Party movement.

The agency subjected numerous such groups, as well as a few liberal organizations, to extra review in trying to determine if they qualified to operate without paying federal taxes.

Conservatives accused the IRS of unfairly targeting Tea Party groups. Numerous congressional investigations followed. Koskinen’s predecessor, who was acting commissioner, was ousted from his job.

On Friday, the Justice Department said it had found no basis for criminal prosecution in the case, angering Republicans.

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