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Monday, December 19, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1320:  How The GOP Establishment Teamed With Nancy Pelosi To Table Impeachment Vote On IRS Commissioner

IRS Logo 2Conservative Review, How the GOP Establishment Teamed With Nancy Pelosi to Save the Corrupt IRS Chief:

The last nail in the coffin went in handily.

After Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio, Freedom Caucus’ outgoing chairman, invoked a privileged resolution on Tuesday to force an impeachment vote on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the House voted 342-72 to refer the measure back to the Judiciary Committee, where it will gather dust for the indefinite future.

It was the last maneuver available to the House Freedom Caucus’s hopes of impeaching Koskinen, who they say has lied to Congress about the targeting of conservative groups.

Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Tim Huelskamp posted an instructive timeline of events on Facebook, outlining just how GOP leaders worked with Democratic Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca.  to kill the impeachment effort:

After learning of conservatives [sic] plans to force the House to take a recorded vote on the impeachment resolution, GOP leaders responded by making a deal with Nancy Pelosi to use a procedural gimmick to effectively kill the effort. The little-used ‘motion to refer’ sent the impeachment resolution back to committee where it is unlikely to ever see the light of day again.” Instead of waiting for a vote on the privileged resolution on Thursday —when lawmakers intended to vote on it — Pelosi led the House Democrats in a move to table the motion. The move failed 180 to 235.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte R-Va. then offered a motion to refer the resolution back to the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment hearings. Privileged resolutions must be voted on within two days of being offered, but Pelosi’s move to table the motion on Tuesday ensured an even swifter end to the impeachment measure. ...

This week’s defeat of the effort to impeach John Koskinen is the end of the line for the many Freedom Caucus members who’ve slaved away trying to do right by their constituents, for justice.

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Comments

Why did they?

Posted by: G Joubert | Dec 19, 2016 8:04:57 AM

What were they afraid of? They must have been hiding something.

Posted by: Skip | Dec 19, 2016 8:06:30 AM

The GOP and Pelosi being on the same page tells you everything you need to know how dirty the Right has become. We need the TEA Party more than ever, heads need to roll.

Posted by: Connie Frist | Dec 19, 2016 9:37:25 AM

I normally support the Tea Party caucus, but this looks like useless virtue signalling to me. In a month, long before the senate could ever start a trial (which would not get a 2/3 vote anyway), Trump woud be inaguarated, and Kosigen would be out anyway. Instead of this useless posturing, how about agreeing on text for the Obamacare replacement bill. But then that takes real work, and does not make headlines.

Posted by: richard40 | Dec 21, 2016 4:09:54 PM