Calls for the Trump administration to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen intensified after about two dozen conservative leaders met with Trump staffers on Wednesday to discuss the removal of the Obama-era official.
The off-the-record meeting between members of the administration and leaders of conservative groups like Judicial Watch and the Heritage Foundation was organized by White House conservative liaison Paul Teller.
There’s a broad consensus among conservatives that President Trump needs to get rid of bureaucrats in the executive branch appointed during the previous administration.
The Daily Caller reports:
The House of Representatives came close to impeaching Koskinen last winter, but stopped short of doing so.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Trump to replace Koskinen during an interview with The Hill in January. “I think he’s been a disaster and I’d be shocked if we don’t have a new one,” McConnell said.
Earlier this month, Iowa congressman Steve King wrote on Twitter that President Trump “needs to purge Leftists from executive branch before disloyal, illegal & treasonist [sic] acts sink [you].”
Aside from Koskinen’s firing, White House staffers also communicated to the conservative groups about the Trump administration’s openness for a government shutdown and make Democrats take the blame, the report said.
Trump wants the spending bill due next month to include funding to build the border wall, but Democrats vowed to fight it.