IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who has been accused of obstructing justice and congressional investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups, will face impeachment proceedings next week during a hearing on Capitol Hill. House Republicans will not take up a full floor on impeachment for Koskinen until after the presidential election in November.
"The House Judiciary Committee will finally hold impeachment proceedings of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen next Wednesday. 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," members of the House Freedom Caucus, who have been pushing for impeachment, released in a statement lat Wednesday. "For too long, Obama Administration officials have been able to get away with acts that would have dramatic consequences for ordinary Americans.The American people see two standards — one for the powerful and politically connected, and another for ordinary Americans. This is a critical opportunity for Congress to show it works for and answers to the American people."
The hearing will be the third in a series of hearings weighing articles of impeachment against the Commissioner. Congress will be out of session at the end of the month.