Monday, April 3, 2017

Why does IRS chief who stonewalled Congress on targeting scandal still have a job?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen did not make a good impression at hearings of the House oversight committee on the agency's targeting of conservative groups. He was arrogant, unresponsive, and made snide comments about GOP members of the committee.
Although appointed by the president to a term that ends this November, Koskinen has said he will step aside if the Trump White House requests it. If that's the case, you would think Koskinen would be one of the first Obama holdovers to lose his job. But more than 60 days into the Trump administration, Koskinen is still pulling down a generous government salary and will actually testify before the Senate Finance Committee this week.
There are two major reasons Koskinen is still in charge of the IRS; Democrats are slow walking Trump nominees through the confirmation process and Trump himself has failed to name dozens of under secretaries and assistant secretaries in various federal departments.

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