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Conservatives Seek to Force House Vote on Impeaching IRS Chief

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Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 12:56 PM

House conservatives intend to re-launch an effort Tuesday afternoon to force a vote to impeach Internal Revenue Service commissioner John Koskinen this week in the final days of this congressional session.

The impeachment drive, confirmed by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and his office, comes after he and other members of the House Freedom Caucus had agreed to delay such action in September, at the urging of Speaker Paul Ryan and other party leaders.

Representatives John Fleming of Louisiana and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas had earlier offered a privileged resolution to force a vote on impeaching Koskinen after Republicans accused him of impeding an investigation into whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative non-profits.

If such a resolution motion is offered Tuesday afternoon, and is deemed privileged, then the House has two legislative days to hold a vote. House Republicans are expected to leave Washington by Friday. If the resolution is adopted, it would carry over to the 115th Congress, meaning the Senate could consider action next year, according to House parliamentarian Thomas Wickham, Jr.

In the last week, both Fleming -- who is leaving Congress at the end of this year -- and new Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who was elected Monday night, had been non-committal in interviews on whether the Koskinen measure would be taken up in the final days of the current Congress’ lame-duck session.

But on Tuesday, during an appearance at an event with Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, Jordan, the Freedom Caucus’s immediate past chairman, said the motion would be introduced Tuesday afternoon. “We have tried everything else,” he said.

His office later confirmed that Fleming indeed plans to offer the privileged resolution.

The Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS, has called the impeachment drive baseless and a distraction, adding that Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew continues to have full confidence in Koskinen.

‘Unfit’ Conduct

The House resolution includes four articles of impeachment, including one accusing Koskinen of “engaging in a pattern of conduct showing he is unfit.” Fleming has argued that Koskinen made false statements to Congress, which confused the investigation.

The resolution requires a simple majority of the House. It would then go to the Senate, which would try the case. Senate leaders have indicated that they don’t favor an effort to impeach Koskinen.

As recently as Monday, Fleming had said in an interview that “nobody has approached me about” relaunching the impeachment resolution.

“Again, it’s not about the fireworks,” he said. “It’s about making the change. You know, we have a new sheriff in town in terms of the Oval Office.”

He added: “But really, the thing that ought to happen is he ought to resign. And hopefully he will.”

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