Conservative congressman says IRS commissioner’s plea against impeachment a ‘charade’
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen this week visited with members of the Tuesday Group, an organization of moderate House Republicans, as part of an effort to stop impeachment proceedings against himself. One member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which is pushing for the commissioner’s swift removal after persistent IRS targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, criticized his moderate colleagues for taking the meeting.
One of the members who quarterbacked the impeachment effort, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., described the Koskinen tour as tantamount to allowing a defendant to chat up a jury “while the prosecuting attorney is away.”
“You’re going to give the most hated official in the Obama administration a free platform, without testifying under oath, to defend himself and his targeting of conservative groups?” Huelskamp told The Daily Signal. “This is just a charade.”
Conservatives have bickered for months over impeachment with GOP leadership, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. And pessimism was rank among members of the Freedom Caucus after word got out of the top IRS agent’s congressional visit.
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