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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Pascrell demands the IRS Commissioner be removed from office

North Jersey congressman has sparred with Rettig before

By George Christopher, July 07 2022 2:22 pm

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) wants IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to be fired over audits of former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Pascrell, who chairs the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, says these audits were politically motivated as both Comey and McCabe became targets of former President Donald Trump.

“If you think the audit of Donald Trump’s purported enemies was a random act of God then I have a bridge in North Jersey I’d like to sell you,” said Pascrell who first demanded Rettig’s dismissal in May. “There may be no group on the face of this earth that deserves the benefit of the doubt less than Donald Trump and his government enablers.”

Rettig was appointed Commissioner of the IRS in 2018 by Trump for a four year-term. His term concludes on November 12, 2022. But Pascrell seems committed to having Rettig removed before that date, saying Rettig should resign and if not,  fired or impeached.

This isn’t the first run-in between the North Jersey Congressman and Rettig. In February of 2021 Pascrell and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) both expressed concern about the slow start to the tax filing season and “erroneous notices” sent to taxpayers. Later in October Pascrell asked the IRS for answers on systemic mail delays which impacted IRS operations, tax filings, and refunds.

According to the Washington Post, Rettig has expressed interest in a second term, but the Biden Administration has begun interviewing candidates for his replacement.

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