IRS commissioner

Freedom Caucus' Jordan Eyes Another Push to Oust IRS Chief
Pre-election House vote still doubtful

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in during a 2014 House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the IRS scandal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Jim Jordan and other conservatives are reviving efforts to press the House to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen as the embattled agency head tries to woo Democrats and undecided Republicans.

The Ohio Republican, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said in an interview that he and other allies were weighing the use of procedural tactics similar to the July bid by Louisiana GOP Rep. John Fleming to bring up an impeachment resolution as a privileged measure bypassing committee consideration. The measure calls for formal impeachment of Koskinen for misstatements and a failure to cooperate with a House investigation of the IRS' handling of tax-exempt status requests from conservative groups.

Conservatives Try to Force Vote on IRS Commissioner Impeachment
GOP conference will discuss the matter when it returns in September, Ryan says


The conservative House Freedom Caucus used a procedural maneuver Thursday morning to launch their bid to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, seeking to force a vote on the matter after Congress return in September.   

Conservatives May Force Vote on Impeaching IRS Commissioner
Judiciary Committee has not acted on impeachment resolution since hearings

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, would rather the Judiciary Committee commit to having an impeachment vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A handful of House Freedom Caucus members are considering forcing a vote on a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen before Congress adjourns for a seven-week recess, members said Tuesday.  

"We're still hopeful that it will go through committee, still hopeful that there's a potential for judiciary to act on this particular issue," said North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus. "There's lots of questions about procedural motions. Those things are still all on the table but no decisions have been made."