House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members Reps. John Fleming of Louisiana and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas introduced a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Wednesday.
Republicans pushing for Koskinen’s impeachment allege he misled Congress and violated a subpoena related to the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
“He deliberately kept Congress and the American people in the dark, making materially false statements under oath,” Fleming said in a statement. “Koskinen needs to be held accountable and in this case that means impeachment. We can no longer wait.”
“With two subpoenas and three preservation orders in place, under Mr. Koskinen’s watch the IRS destroyed 422 backup tapes containing potentially 24,000 emails relevant to the IRS targeting of conservative organizations. This is unacceptable,” HFC Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan said in a statement. “The American people see two standards in this country: one for ‘we, the people’ and another for the powerful and politically connected. No private citizen would be able to get away with what the IRS did, and neither should Mr. Koskinen.”
Following two hearings in the House Committee on the Judiciary, House leadership was hesitant to push forward with pursuing the impeachment.
Politico reports Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina told House Speaker Paul Ryan they would file a privileged resolution if he didn’t agree to go forward with impeachment proceedings– effectively bypassing leadership.
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