Hatch: Senate won't remove IRS head

Hatch: Senate won't remove IRS head
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The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says a House effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has no chance of moving through the Senate.

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRead Senate GOP's tax bill Senate panel to start tax bill markup on Monday Senate set for clash with House on tax bill MORE (R-Utah), the most senior Senate Republican, on Thursday said his colleagues and Koskinen don’t always agree but that those conflicts shouldn’t cost the commissioner his job.

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“We can have our disagreements with him, but that doesn't mean there's an impeachable offense,” Hatch told reporters at the Capitol. “And for the most part he's been very cooperative with us."

House Republicans who’ve long held Koskinen in their crosshairs will start the path toward impeachment next week. The House Judiciary Committee will hold the first of two hearings Tuesday on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation of Koskinen.

Republicans claim Koskinen lied under oath and destroyed information central to their probe of the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups.

But Hatch said the Senate’s interactions with Koskinen failed to meet the standard for impeachment.

"We have a different experience with him,” he said.

A simple majority of the House followed by two-thirds of the Senate would need to approve Koskinen's removal.