House conservatives offer resolution to impeach IRS chief

September 13, 2016 8:45PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative congressmen have formally introduced an election-year resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The lawmakers offered the measure Tuesday under special procedures that put the House on track to vote Thursday on the effort.


The drive has no chance of succeeding. Even if the House sends it to the Senate, which will be difficult, Democrats there have enough votes to prevent Republicans from removing Koskinen from office.

Conservatives say Koskinen hampered Congress' effort to investigate the IRS for tough assessments of tea party groups that sought tax exemptions several years ago. Koskinen denies that.

Many Republicans oppose the effort. They say putting Congress through an impeachment process over an issue many people have not followed closely risks making the GOP look partisan and angering voters.

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