A censure means nothing to these people. We are through with gestures. Technically this could lead to impeachment or some other punishment, but that wouldn’t even remotely happen until next year, and by then we will have hopefully begun our reformation of the Washington establishment.
So this is more of the same during an election year from the Republicans. I don;t mean tobe a wet blanket here but this is theatre, and it’s too late. If there was one action regarding the IRS that should have been taken it would have been the arrest of Lois Lerner for contempt. But instead she’s off enjoying her $100,000 a year tax-payer funded pension.
Today, in advance of the House Judiciary Committee’s May 24, 2016 hearing to examine misconduct by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 737) to censure Commissioner Koskinen. The resolution offers Congressional condemnation and disapproval of Mr. Koskinen for a pattern of conduct inconsistent with the trust and confidence placed in him as an Officer of the United States. The resolution formally censures Mr. Koskinen and urges his resignation or removal. The resolution also requires Mr. Koskinen to forfeit all rights to his government pension and any other federal benefits for which he is eligible.
“The resolution seeks Commissioner Koskinen’s resignation or removal, and requires the forfeiture of his pension. Censure affords Congress additional consequences to consider in identifying appropriate penalties for the Commissioner’s misdeeds. Mr. Koskinen must be held accountable for his misconduct. I am committed to using every tool at my disposal to hold Mr. Koskinen responsible for his offenses toward Congress and toward the American people. I view censure as a precursor to impeachment as it allows the House the opportunity to formally condemn Mr. Koskinen,” said Chairman Chaffetz.
And we are reminded by Fox News’ Chad Pergram…
Congress has only censured 1 cabinet official: President Grover Cleveland's Atty General Augustus Hill Garland in 1886
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 18, 2016
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 18, 2016