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Thu Sep 15, 2016, 06:36 AM

Republican Deal Averts Vote on Impeaching Head of IRS

Source: Associated Press

Republican Deal Averts Vote on Impeaching Head of IRS

By ERICA WERNER, AP CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT WASHINGTON Sep 15, 2016, 3:16 AM ET

A last-minute deal between conservatives and GOP leaders in the House has averted votes expected Thursday on a measure to impeach the commissioner of the IRS.

Instead, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will testify before Congress next week.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus celebrated the development as a win late Wednesday, as conservatives had long pushed GOP leaders for impeachment hearings against Koskinen. They accuse him of obstructing a congressional investigation into the treatment of tea party groups seeking tax exemptions.

But the agreement canceling the votes came only after conservatives themselves predicted that their impeachment resolution was going to get sidelined by Democratic and Republican opposition Thursday. So instead they settled for a hearing next Wednesday, which would result in an impeachment vote only after the November presidential election, if ever.

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