Koskinen Impeachment Vote Delayed

Members of the House Freedom Caucus agreed yesterday to delay their effort to impeach Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen, under the condition that the House Judiciary Committee hold a hearing on the matter with the Commissioner as a witness.

The Committee had earlier held two hearings to examine Koskinen’s alleged misconduct but did not take further action. After Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced yesterday that the committee will hold a new hearing on Wednesday, September 21, at 10 a.m., Freedom Caucus Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) agreed that Caucus members spearheading the impeachment effort would not force a vote on the House floor on the issue before the November election.

Koskinen has been criticized by House Republicans for months for his handling of an investigation into IRS treatment of conservative groups applying for non-profit status, but House Republican leaders have been reluctant to allow impeachment consideration outside of regular order with action by the committees of jurisdiction.

Sources: The Hill, BNA Daily Tax Report (subscription required)

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Global Topics: Congress
Policy Issues: Tax & Fiscal Policy