Congressman John Fleming forced a vote in the U.S. House on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over allegations that his agency targeted the tax-exempt status of conservative organizations. Fleming used a privileged resolution to bring the vote to impeach Koskinen directly to the House Floor.
Here’s a release from his office:
Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after calling up a privileged resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
“For years the IRS has abused its power to target people based on their political views. Commissioner John Koskinen not only did nothing about it, but continued the trend of deception by deliberately keeping Congress and the American people in the dark. To date no one has been held accountable and no one will unless we move forward with a resolution to require a vote on his impeachment. Congress will vote in two days. Any motion to table or refer to a committee is meant to kill the impeachment and should be viewed as a vote against impeachment by that member. The Department of Justice won’t do its job so it’s essential Congress step in. It’s time for us to do our part to hold the IRS Commissioner accountable.”
Fleming is hoping to use the vote in order to rally conservative support for his Senate candidacy. The House Freedom Caucus will give speeches in support of Fleming’s resolution Tuesday night on the House floor.
The impeachment resolution itself is expected to face a tough challenge on the House floor. All Democrats will oppose it and many Republicans don’t want to use that route to punish Koskinen.
Many expect the House to vote to refer it to the House Judiciary Committee.