After nearly five years, the man who oversaw Lois Lerner’s inquisition against conservatives, and who presided over Barack Obama’s IRS, is about to leave, and not a day too soon (or a thousand days too late).
Treasury Assistant Secretary David Kautter will take on the role as acting IRS Commissioner (without giving up his current, confirmed position). The Washington Examiner reported Thursday:
“I look forward to having David Kautter as acting commissioner of the IRS. David will provide important leadership while we wait to confirm a permanent commissioner,” [Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchin said. “Assistant Secretary Kautter has had an illustrious 40-year career in tax policy, and I am confident that the IRS and the American people will benefit from his experience and insight.”
Trump let Koskinen serve out his term, instead of firing him, which is overly generous in my opinion. Jason Pye, one of my favorite old Peach Pundit foils back in the day, who is now vice president of legislative affairs at FreedomWorks, was quoted, “We’re glad to see him go. He did not earn his salary or his big pension.”
No kidding. Koskinen should have been gone in 2013. But Congress punted on impeaching him. But better late than never.