Freedom Caucus files for IRS impeachment vote

Freedom Caucus files for IRS impeachment vote
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House Freedom Caucus members on Wednesday introduced a resolution for a floor vote on the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The resolution, offered by Reps. John FlemingJohn FlemingCoast Guard suspends search for missing Ohio plane Freedom Caucus member to bring up bill on impeaching IRS chief GOP seeks to make it 52 MORE (R-La.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), comes after caucus members threatened to file such a measure if House leadership would not commit to a committee vote on impeachment.

The resolution could become "privileged," forcing a vote, if a motion is offered to call it to the floor, according to a spokeswoman for the Freedom Caucus.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment MORE (R-Wis.), said, "We expect the full conference to discuss the appropriate path ahead when we get back into session."

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In a statement Wednesday, Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) thanked Fleming and Huelskamp for offering the resolution, saying, "Mr. Koskinen has failed the American people through gross negligence, dereliction of duty, and violating the public trust."

"The Freedom Caucus strongly supports Rep. Fleming and Rep. Huelskamp in their effort to impeach the IRS Commissioner for gross negligence, dereliction of duty, and violating the public trust,” the caucus said in a statement. 

“For too long, the American people have waited for Commissioner Koskinen to be held accountable."

Freedom Caucus members have said Koskinen should be impeached because emails subject to subpoenas and preservation orders were destroyed under his watch. They have also alleged that Koskinen made false statements under oath relating to the emails.

The House Judiciary Committee has held two hearings to look at Koskinen's alleged misconduct, but has not taken any additional action.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to censure Koskinen, but its measure has not received a floor vote.

Koskinen's lawyers argue he should get a chance to respond to the allegations against him before the House votes. 

Updated at 7:01 p.m.