Holmes Norton Apologizes to IRS’ Koskinen – Doesn’t Mention that He Donated to Her Campaign
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) felt it necessary to apologize to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, IRS commissioner and big-time Democratic donor, in the Congressional Reform hearing Monday night.
"John Koskinen - I have known you well before you came to Congress," Holmes Norton began. "I have been more than a little impressed - not a little bit - with the confidence you have inspired in Republican and Democrat presidents alike."
Like other Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government, Holmes Norton praised Koskinen for his public service and never once mentioned that he's contributed over $85,000 to Democrat candidates since 1998, as well as $2,000 to her personally.
"It's as if they saved you for jobs that others couldn't do, didn't have the guts to do, or didn't have the integrity to do. You are well known on both sides of the aisle as the government's most versatile turnaround artist."
"When agencies are in trouble, they turn to John Koskinen," she said sincerely, without any hint of irony. "Therefore I begin simply by offering you an apology. I believe you deserve one. You deserve one because of accusations designed to sacrifice the reputation of a public service [sic] with a spotless reputation for political advantage, without a scintilla of evidence."
"It's vile enough to look a man in the face, and accuse him of perjury, without submitting any evidence," Holmes Norton said. "It's much worse when all the evidence supports the version of facts of the man you are facing."
The standard Democrat defense of Koskinen ignores that prior to Koskinen's appointment at the IRS six months ago, he worked as non-executive chairman of publicly-traded Freddie Mac (from 2008 to 2012.) He was also CEO at Freddie Mac in 2009, where he earned a cool $550,713 for his "service" that year.
Before working at Freddie Mac, Koskinen was President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of Washington D.C. and "assistant to the President and Chair of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion and Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Koskinen also spent 21 years in the private sector in various leadership positions with the Palmieri Company, including President and Chief Executive Officer," according to his biography on the IRS.gov website.