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GOP officials will postpone a vote to impeach the head of the IRS for now


Republican lawmakers have tentatively reached an agreement to postpone a vote to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, according to Politico

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) are the primary backers of the effort. They reached an agreement with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who opposes impeachment, to postpone the decision. 

In May the Judiciary Committee held their first hearing on impeaching Koskinen. Republicans contend that the IRS Commissioner obstructed a Congressional investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups who were trying to get tax exempt status. In 2013, the IRS admitted that they targeted conservative Tea Party groups when Koskinen's predecessor,  Lois Lerner, was Commissioner.

The Judiciary Committee has not held a hearing on the impeachment since June. So, the Freedom Caucus was attempting to force a floor vote before the agreement was reached.

The Judiciary Committee will hear from Koskinen next Wednesday.

The Freedom Caucus is confident that after hearing from Koskinen the House will vote to impeach him. In a statement the Freedom Caucus said, "This hearing will give every American the opportunity to hear John Koskinen answer under oath why he misled Congress, allowed evidence pertinent to an investigation to be destroyed, and defied Congressional subpoenas and preservation orders. It will also remove any lingering excuses for those who have been hesitant to proceed with this course of action."

The Freedom Caucus has been pushing their case in recent days.

The opposition

Moderate Republicans are trying to find a way to vote and block the effort, despite Koskinen's willingness to appear before the Judiciary panel. 

Democrats are also planning on voting to table, or kill, the impeachment measure. 

If successful in the House, two thirds of the Senate would need to agree to impeach Koskinen-- something highly unlikely given the current makeup of the Seante.

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