House To Go Forward With Koskinen Impeachment

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 9, 2016

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that the House will proceed to a vote on whether to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, as the measure's supporters passed a privileged resolution allowing them to bypass traditional means of attaining a floor vote, 
according to Reuters. Congressional Republicans have been angling to remove the IRS commission from office due to their belief that he impeded investigations into the Lois Lerner scandal, where the service was said to have unfairly targeted conservative nonprofits. While GOP leadership has shown little interest in pursuing impeachment, the speaker said that the matter will probably be taken to the floor anyway due to the privileged resolution. 

The House has held two hearings on possible impeachment, but the commissioner  declined to show up to either one. If he is impeached, he would be the first time a presidential appointment had faced impeachment since 1876, according to Bloomberg, when Secretary of War under President Grant, William Belknap, was impeached over his involvement in the trader post scandal

Should the impeachment vote pass, however, it is unlikely that Koskinen would be removed from office, as the matter would then pass to the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, who would be unlikely to go forward with any proceedings. 

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