By Steve Berman
It’s a terrible precedent for one administration to reach back into a previous civil service scandal just to get revenge or make political points.
Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee faked outrage for the quote “terrible decision” unquote, which he knew full well was coming. The Washington Examiner reported Friday:
“I have the utmost respect for Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions, but I’m troubled by his Department’s lack of action to fully respond to our request and deliver accountability,” the Texas lawmaker said in a statement.
Come now. John Koskinen is the IRS Commissioner. He was IRS Commissioner under Obama for three years, and Trump hasn’t seen fit to replace him, despite him being 78 years old. Koskinen presided over the lost-then-found Lerner 30,000 email fiasco.
The House kicked around a resolution to impeach Koskinen in 2015 but nothing was ultimately done after DOJ elected not to prosecute Lerner.
Nothing has changed, except maybe Brady’s mind and desire to make points with his constituency, many of whom are battling Harvey’s flood waters. Brady voted for the $1.1 trillion omnibus in 2015, the pork-heavy transportation/EX-IM bank reauthorization, and the fake health care bill that didn’t repeal Obamacare.
As a matter of fact, Brady has voted for every big spending bill that comes across the GOP table, with a 62% rating from Heritage Action and an 84 score from Club for Growth (ranked 68 in 2016), but his 2015 score was 64 (ranked 152). In 2009 he held a 97 from Club for Growth and it’s been sliding into the pork barrel ever since.
Politicians who do things purely for political advantage are what makes the public hate Congress. Brady’s fake outrage over something that happened three years ago, when nothing has changed is about what we expect from a Republican willing to go along to get along.
Lerner is never going to be prosecuted. Let’s quit with the fake outrage from fake Republicans.