Conservatives Are About To Make A Move On Impeachment

Conservatives in the House of Representatives are about to force a key vote.

They are itching to hold the Obama administration accountable.

And there could be an impeachment vote on the House floor in the next few weeks.

Conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus are pushing leadership to hold a vote on a privileged resolution impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

CNN reports:

Ryan worked out a deal with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, who has been the point person lobbying for a House vote, to hold a special meeting next Thursday with all House Republicans to discuss the issue.

 

But some Freedom Caucus members vow that regardless of that discussion, they will force a vote on the matter this month before Congress wraps up business before the November election.

 

“I fully expect a vote to happen in September,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, said Wednesday.

Koskinen argues that he wasn’t at the IRS when the agency singled out Tea Party groups for political harassment and intimidation.

Lois Lerner was the bureaucrat who directed the Obama scheme to silence political opposition.

Conservatives argue that doesn’t absolve Koskinen of his misdeeds.

Politico reports:

Some conservatives think Koskinen secretly ordered lower-level IRS employees to destroy key IRS documents surrounding how they treated Republican-leaning groups— an accusation Koskinen spent part of the day refuting. Those leveling the charge have offered no proof to back it.

 

House Freedom Caucus member Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who is raising money off the issue, upped the ante in a recent campaign ad, saying Koskinen directly “ordered” the erasure of 24,000 emails. Other impeachment supporters have generally stopped short of directly implicating Koskinen, focusing instead on his culpability as the head of the agency and his inaccurate testimony to Congress.

 

“What I’m trying to do as chair is put our membership in a position to understand the background of what happened at the IRS under his tenure as commissioner … and they can make their minds up on the motion with respect to impeachment,” Flores said.

Republicans also cite Koskinen lying to Congress as further evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors.

In 2014, Koskinen testified to Congress that over 20,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails could not be recovered.

The Treasury Department’s Inspector General informed Congress that they had recovered a portion of the emails.

But Republican leadership is fighting the efforts of conservatives to hold Koskinen accountable for his misdeeds.

Instead of fighting the Obama administration, Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell are eager to pass a government funding bill supporting the entire Obama agenda.

Politico reports:

Leadership is eager to avoid the fight, which it sees as a distraction in the few legislative days Congress has before Election Day to pass a stopgap spending bill and a Zika relief package.

But by using parliamentary rules, conservatives still have the opportunity to impeach Koskinen.

Do you agree that House Republicans should hold the Obama administration accountable for the IRS targeting Tea Party groups for harassment by impeaching IRS Commissioner Koskinen?

Let us know what you think in the comment section.

  • Gnowark

    What? Congress doing their job of oversight of agencies through ‘power of the purse’? That’s what they were elected (and 93% re-elected) to do. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Sandra M Pennoyer

    The need to convict Lois Lerner and take away any retirement funding earned while she served with the IRS. The need to impeach Obama since he has violated his oath of office. They need to pass stand alone zika funding.

  • drbhelthi

    There is no ZIKA outbreak and an injection of poisonous metals and diseased tissue into humans will vaccinate against nothing. Passage of a “Zika package” will dump millions into pharmacy accounts as usual, producing no useful product, as usual.

  • drbhelthi

    The members of congress supporting the worthy undertaking should aim at the person who directed Koskinen to abuse his office, not the puppet, Koskinen.

  • Bob Taylor

    Why do they need to impeach this person? If they lied to Congress just take a look at the law. Obama should have impeachment proceed against him but these losers in the leadership positions of Congress will not do anything but give him what he wants.
    The actual law…Section 1621 of Title 18, often called the “general perjury” statute, prohibits individuals from lying to Congress while under oath, while Section 1001, also known as the “false statement” statute, covers testimony given while not under oath. A person convicted of perjury could face fines up to $100,000 or up to five years in jail.

    In 1821, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Anderson v. Dunn, which held that Congress’ power to hold someone in contempt was essential to ensure that Congress was “… not exposed to every indignity and interruption that rudeness, caprice, or even conspiracy, may mediate against it.”

    In 1857, Congress enacted a law which made “contempt of Congress” a criminal offense against the United States.

    Congress has the authority to hold a person in contempt if the person’s conduct or action obstructs the proceedings of Congress or, more usually, an inquiry by a committee of Congress.

    Contempt of Congress is defined in statute, 2 U.S.C.A. § 192, enacted in 1938, which states that any person who is summoned before Congress who “willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry” shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and 12 month imprisonment.

    Authority includes the power to use compulsory processes, such as the issuance of subpoenas. See Eastland v. U.S. Serviceman’s Fund, 421 U.S. 491, 504 (1975). The scope of Congress’s power “is as penetrating and far-reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution.” Id. at 504 n.15 (quoting Barenblatt v. U.S., 360 U.S. 109, 111 (1959)). Put another way, although Congress ought not to delve needlessly into the “private affairs” of the citizenry, it has the power to inquire about and investigate any issue “on which legislation could be had.” Id. (quoting McGrain v. Daugherty, 273 U.S. 135, 177 (1927)). So long as Congress stays within this “necessarily broad” grant of constitutional authority, courts have little power to restrain its action. See Id. at 508 (“The wisdom of congressional approach or methodology is not open to judicial veto.”).

  • William Ingram

    About F-ing time.
    They needed to do this during Osama’s (I mean – Obama’s) first term as Prick Tator.

    • combdyn

      Yeah, Only seven years late!
      Fast & Furious should have been enough!
      But putting all the Muslims in his Administration!

      Dog and pony show now to make it look like they
      are earning those fat paychecks!

      Just can’t wait – for 11/8

  • proudvet

    Republican’s shut your ignorant lowlife wimpy mouths. Cockroaches have more of a right to exist than most conservative wastes. At one time there was a decent GOP’er, unfortunately IKE left us quite awhile ago.

    • concern4us

      This is what we expect from Lip-berals, nothing but down talk and lies, you don’t even understand what ignorant means if you did you would already converted over to the truth of the Constitution and see how the left has distorted it in meeting their own agenda and destroy our country! Please if you can’t be positive don’t comment at all!

  • Bud William

    There needs to be a Law that any Agency of the Government that deletes, destroys or does anything that denies the Congress and or the public access to those emails that will be used in a judicial proceedings may be punished severely.

  • Patrick Driscoll

    Impeach obuma immediately and get this jerk later.

  • Chelonia

    CONGRESS IS USELESS THEY SHOULD HAVE IMPEACHED THE POS THAT HAS DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY THE LAST 8 YEARS AND THEN IMPEACH THE IRS COMMIS. ONLY 37 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SIGNED TO NOT FUND ANY MORE REFUGEES. THAT’S A DISGRACE AND THE REST OF CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT.