Top GOP senator downplays IRS impeachment
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDemocratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight Bottom line Five questions about the next COVID-19 relief package MORE (R-Texas) signaled Wednesday that a push by the House Freedom Caucus to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen faces an uphill battle in the Senate. 
 
Asked if he thought the Senate would take up the issue if it passes the House, the Senate's No. 2 Republican told reporters, "Personally, I don't see any way to do that this year." 
 
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"We've got other things to do that I think people would generally view as more urgent priorities," he added, days before lawmakers will leave Washington until September. 
 
Cornyn added that while he was frustrated with the IRS, "this is not a practical response to the justified concerns that we all have."
 
Reps. John Fleming (R-La.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) introduced a resolution Wednesday after threatening to force a vote if leadership wouldn't agree to allow for a committee vote on impeaching Koskinen. 
 
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), said Wednesday that House Republicans will talk about "the appropriate path ahead" in the fall. 

Freedom Caucus members argue Koskinen should be impeached because emails subject to subpoenas and preservation orders were destroyed under his watch. They also allege he made false statements about the emails under oath.

The House Judiciary Committee held two hearings to look at Koskinen's alleged misconduct. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, separately, voted to censure him.  

Asked about the push to "go over leadership's head," the Senate's majority whip joked it "makes me nervous when you say that."