Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) joined The Glenn Beck Program on Wednesday to talk about an impeaching proceeding that should be front page news --- but isn't being covered by the mainstream media.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was brought in to clean up a mess in Ohio and restore confidence in the IRS. Instead, his actions have led to an impeachment hearing for dereliction of duty and perjury.
Glenn asked Congressman Jordan to recap the story for anyone unfamiliar with it. Here's his explanation:
So [Koskinen] is brought in to clean up the mess. And under his watch --- with three preservation orders in play, two subpoenas in play --- he allows 422 backup tapes to be destroyed, tapes that were under subpoena, 422 backup tapes to be destroyed. Potentially 24,000 emails. He allows that to happen, waits four months before he tells Congress, four months before he tells the people doing the investigation. Central material and documents we need for the investigation. He does all that. And we say, look, when you think about the underlying offense and you don't comply with a subpoena, you don't tell us that you've destroyed tapes . . . you should be impeached. Something of this magnitude warrants impeachment, and that's why we're moving in this direction.
What is the purpose of impeachment?
"You know, Hamilton wrote about this in the Federalist Papers, that impeachment protects the public against the abuse or violation of some public trust. There is no public trust," Glenn said.
Given the abysmal track record of Congress pursuing and punishing illegal activity by government officials, Glenn wondered if anything would be done about Koskinen's blatant abuse of power.
"I have no trust in Congress anymore on actually getting anything done. Is this going to happen? You have the smoking gun. You have him clearly, clearly perjuring himself. He shouldn't be impeached. He should go to prison for perjuring himself in front of Congress. Is any of this actually going to happen?" Glenn asked.
Jordan insisted he and his colleagues were committed to the impeachment.
"The resolution was filed several months ago. Our next hearing is with the legal experts to come in and do what you just described there, to show that the standard is not criminal intent. The standard is dereliction of duty, gross negligence and breach of public trust, which he certainly, certainly engaged in. So, yeah, we think we can do this," Jordan said.
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Featured Image: Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before the Senate Judiciary's Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts Subcommittee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. Koskinen continued to face questions about alleged IRS targeting of political groups for extra scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)