Posted: 5:47 pm Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
A last minute effort in Congress to push for an impeachment vote against the head of the Internal Revenue Service fell far short of the votes needed for victory, leaving more conservative Republicans fuming about the message and the lack of support to further investigate the Obama Administration’s Tea Party targeting scandal.
Republicans led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) argued IRS Commissioner John Koskinen had deliberately refused to turn over documents to Congress, accusing him of actively impeding the Congressional investigation into the targeting of more conservative groups by the tax agency.
“Koskinen has gotten away with stonewalling Congress, obstructing justice, breaching public trust,” Jordan said. “It’s time Congress held him accountable.”
Under his watch, w/ subpoenas/preservation orders in place, John Koskinen allowed 422 back-up tapes, 24,000 Lois Lerner emails 2 b destroyed
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 6, 2016
But while almost all fellow GOP lawmakers stuck with Jordan and others from the House Freedom Caucus on one procedural vote on the House floor, an overwhelming number of Republicans joined with all Democrats to send the impeachment resolution to a House committee, most likely killing the effort.
DC Establishment uses procedural vote to defeat impeachment and protect #IRS and keep Koskinen in his job.
— Cong. Tim Huelskamp (@CongHuelskamp) December 6, 2016
“I strongly support our motion to impeach the IRS Commissioner,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS). “At long last, hold an Obama official accountable.”
The final roll call though was not close, as the House voted 342-72 to send the matter to the Judiciary Committee, where it may simply die a quiet death.
Democrats labeled it all a waste of time.
“There are many, many critical things that Congress should be spending its time on,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). “But this is not one of them.”
Here are the 72 Republicans who voted against delay on the IRS impeachment resolution:
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.