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Conservatives Fight to Impeach IRS Commissioner

12-07-2016

Republicans on Capitol Hill launched a new effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for unjustly mistreating Tea Party groups, but were shut down on the House Floor. 

Conservatives say John Koskinen hindered an attempt by Congress to investigate the agency for unfair evaluations of Tea Party groups that wanted tax exemptions several years ago. Koskinen denies those claims. 

The House Freedom Caucus tried to force a vote Tuesday on Koskinen's impeachment before Congress adjourns for the year. 

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) announced the effort at a Judicial Watch panel event and said it was time for Koskinen "to be held accountable."

However, the House voted 342-72 to refer the impeachment resolution to the House Judiciary Committee. That means the impeachment trial is now at a stand still until until Congress is back in session.

The impeachment effort is part of an "anti-corruption" campaign headed by Judicial Watch. 

The group's panel titled "The First 100 Days – The Anti-Corruption Agenda" featured experts on tackling corruption. They hope President- Elect Donald Trump will take their ideas and usher in a new era of transparency in the government. 

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