IRS chief: Protect my rights in House impeachment inquiry

September 16, 2016 10:45PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS wants to be able to call witnesses, present evidence and enjoy other traditional protections if the House formally pursues an effort by conservatives to impeach him.

John Koskinen has agreed to testify under oath next Wednesday to the Republican-run House Judiciary Committee.


The panel wants to quiz the commissioner about conservatives' claims that he should be impeached for thwarting congressional investigations into his agency's tough scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax exemptions. Koskinen has denied the charges.

In a letter to the committee Friday, Koskinen's lawyers wrote that he should be allowed standard procedural protections if the committee later begins a formal impeachment inquiry.

They wrote that otherwise, the process "would be more akin to a foreign show trial."

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