White House refuses to remove IRS chief

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President Obama has no intention of removing the embattled head of the Internal Revenue Service, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

"Commissioner [John] Koskinen is a man of the highest integrity with a steadfast commitment to public service during difficult times," said Eric Schultz, deputy White House press secretary. "His decades of experience turning around both public and private institutions continue to make him the right person to lead this agency."

The White House's defense of Koskinen came two days after Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee publicly called for Koskinen's removal.

Twenty-one members of the committee sent a lengthy letter to the president outlining evidence that Koskinen had provided false testimony, presided over the destruction of evidence and failed to adequately search for requested documents.

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