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Monday, September 5, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1215

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House GOP leaders are preparing their members for fights over government funding and whether to impeach the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service when Congress returns from its long summer recess. ...

Freedom Caucus members are pushing to vote on a resolution to impeach Koskinen, who they allege wasn't forthcoming with documents regarding the IRS's scrutiny of conservative nonprofits.

Reps. John Fleming (R-La.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) introduced a "privileged" resolution on the House's last day of session before the recess to force a vote on impeachment. It's unclear if members of the Freedom Caucus would have to re-file the resolution, given that House rules state that privileged measures must be acted on within two legislative days.

GOP leaders have been wary of staging an impeachment vote, given that the House has only voted one other time in history to impeach a Cabinet official: Secretary of War William Belknap in 1876.

House Republicans' first conference meeting upon returning the day after Labor Day is expected to focus on strategy for the spending bill, with another on the IRS the following week.

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Comments

As usual, the House and Senate leadership are gutless.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Sep 5, 2016 8:15:35 AM

GOP leaders have been wary of staging an impeachment vote, given that the House has only voted one other time in history to impeach a Cabinet official: Secretary of War William Belknap in 1876.

How many times since 1876 has a sitting President weaponized the IRS and other federal agencies to persecute people he hates? And how many times have multiple federal agencies acted in concert to obstruct justice and destroy evidence?

I can think of a few examples and all are looked on as some of the darkest times in our country's history. Our media, congress, and the Democrats especially, are a disgrace for not following this up with the vigour and accountability it deserves.

Posted by: wodun | Sep 6, 2016 12:21:45 AM