WSJ: WSJ’s Michael Nathanson: Obama should be impeached
WSJ Chief White House Correspondent Michael Nathanasius wrote in an op-ed published Friday that President Obama should not be impeaching Republican Rep. Darrell Issa over his decision to keep the IRS from auditing conservative groups that requested tax-exempt status for the White House.
The IRS scandal has overshadowed the president’s agenda and has been a source of frustration for Republicans.
In his op-ad, Nathanson said Issa has failed to live up to his responsibilities.
“In the wake of the scandal, Issa has been silent, and in the wake, he’s refused to be transparent, to apologize or even to acknowledge his mistakes,” Nathanson wrote.
“That’s not just bad for his political future, it’s bad for the American people.”
Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has refused to publicly discuss the controversy and has refused multiple requests to provide documents, and has not publicly commented on the matter since the scandal broke.
But Issa’s refusal to address the matter has put Democrats in a bind, Nathansius said.
Issa’s staff has said that the chairman has no intention of resigning.
The White House has been criticized for not releasing documents to the committee or to Issa’s Democratic colleagues, and it has not been clear how the committee will address Issa’s leadership issues.
Issa said Thursday that he is willing to resign but added he was still committed to pursuing the IRS scandal and the president.
The House is scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that would impose a five-year ban on any IRS employee from audibling an organization or receiving a grant to assist in audibling.
Issa has faced criticism for the IRS audit and has faced widespread backlash from the American public.
The Associated Press reported Friday that at least 1,200 people have signed an online petition demanding Issa resign from Congress, and some conservatives are calling for his resignation over the scandal.