IRS chief censure sought by House GOP leader Chaffetz

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has introduced a resolution to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the resolution seeks Koskinen’s resignation or removal, as well as the forfeiture of his pension.

The Utah Republican accuses Koskinen of misconduct in his leadership of the Internal Revenue Service and says he sees censure as a preliminary step toward impeachment.

The resolution is an extension of the years-long dispute between Republicans and the IRS over whether the agency mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.

A previous GOP target was Lois Lerner, who once headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Lerner has since retired.

In 2014, the IRS disclosed that it had lost an untold number of emails to and from Lerner, in response to congressional demands for the information.