IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, a holdover from the Obama administration, should have been impeached last year, but since he was not, President Donald Trump should fire him for rehiring more than 200 employees who had been dismissed for falsifying documents, Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin said Wednesday.
"This happens because there is incompetent leadership at the top of the IRS," Martin told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"He is not doing what he needs to do as the IRS commissioner, which is to restore the trust of the American people with the IRS."
Martin said she cannot imagine there is nobody else who can work for the IRS who could do the job and who is not guilty of committing crimes like falsifying documents.
"If we file improper paperwork or falsify documents to the IRS, we are going to go to jail," Martin said. "We don't need people who have done that working at the IRS."
The IRS is a very "intimidating agency," she said, with its "power and authority," and there must be a sense of trust with an agency that collects Americans' taxes.
But that authority has been gone after the revelations the IRS was targeting Tea Party related organizations, she said.
Koskinen only has three more months left on his five-year term, but Martin said she "absolutely" thinks he should be fired before those months are over.
"The fact is, the president ran on a campaign to drain the swamp," Martin said. "This is a swampy activity. This is a swampy action. This is one way to send a clear message to the American public that he is serious about draining the swamp."
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