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Krauthammer: IRS impeachment attempt a ‘waste of energy’

Will House Republican's plan to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen backfire?


Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the House Republican plan to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is a “waste of energy” since there is no way it will pass in the Senate.

“This is not going to end well,” said Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor. “Republicans have demonstrated, if they’ve demonstrated anything, Republicans in the Congress have shown that they have no ability to conduct successful investigations under this administration. Everything they've touched has failed or backfired.”

These impeachment proceedings began after the decision last week by the Department of Justice not to press charges against Lois Lerner or anyone else at the IRS for the targeting of conservative groups.

When that decision was made, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, tweeted, "A clear message must be sent that using government agencies to stifle citizens' freedom of speech will not be tolerated. "

Krauthammer said that if the intent of this attempt to impeach Koskinen is to restore confidence in the IRS, the only way Republicans can do that is by winning the White House in 2016.

A Republican in the White House, according to Krauthammer, could eventually appoint a new IRS commissioner, which would have “an uncompromised DOJ” to prosecute Lois Lerner.”