Embattled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is finally being replaced.
With Koskinen’s term expiring next month, President Donald Trump announced Thursday that David Kautter, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for tax policy, will assume the mantle of leadership as interim IRS commissioner, effective November 13, according to The Daily Caller.
“David will provide important leadership while we wait to confirm a permanent commissioner,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Koskinen, hired by former President Barack Obama, was eligible for reappointment, but stood no chance of keeping his job.
The House Judiciary Committee held hearings to investigate Koskinen for possible impeachment after he seemingly ran interference for the Obama administration over the scandal involving former IRS official Lois Lerner.
After tea party and other conservative groups were targeted by the IRS, Koskinen was accused of not complying with a congressional subpoena to turn over documents and for allowing backup tapes of emails from Lerner to be destroyed.
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Kautter, a tax attorney for more than three decades, will continue to work on a tax overhaul for the administration in his new role .
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