So if Obama’s massive IRS scandal is phony, why the need to restore the public’s trust?
Koskinen would replace acting commissioner Danny Werfel, who was appointed in May after revelations about political targeting at the agency forced the resignation of Stephen Miller, the acting IRS commissioner at the time.
“Every part of our government must operate with absolute integrity and that is especially true for the IRS,” Obama said. “I am confident that John will do whatever it takes to restore the public’s trust in the agency.”
Well, for starters he can start by complying with the House requests for documents on Obama’s scandal.
“Because John has a clear understanding of how to make organizations more effective and an unshakeable commitment to public service, he will be an exceptional leader who will strengthen the institution and restore confidence in the IRS,” Lew said.
Koskinen’s nomination comes as the White House is looking to disarm the IRS scandal, which has inflicted damage on Obama’s approval rating throughout the summer.
When the IRS inspector general first released his report identifying instances where conservative and Tea Party groups had been wrongfully targeted by the tax agency, Obama called the situation “inexcusable.””
Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” Obama said. “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives.”
But in recent weeks, the president and top administration officials have repeatedly accused Republicans of pursuing “phony scandals” to hammer the White House.
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) July 31, 2013