House Freedom Caucus to force vote to impeach IRS commissioner next week

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  • House Republicans are split on the issue on whether to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen
  • Senate Republicans are unlikely to take action if the House passes a resolution

Washington (CNN)Louisiana GOP Rep John Fleming‎, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said he plans to call up a resolution forcing the House to vote on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen next Tuesday.

The "privileged resolution" requires the House to take action on it within two legislative days.
    House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a special meeting for all House Republicans next Thursday to discuss whether to proceed with impeachment, but Fleming isn't willing to wait and wants to move the matter straight to the House floor next week.
    House Republicans are split on the issue, with some worried it could set a bad precedent and arguing the process should be led by the House Judiciary Committee. Leaders could move to table the resolution authored by House conservatives, or refer it to the Judiciary panel.
    But Fleming criticized that potential action, telling reporters Friday, "if you table it or vote to send it to committee that would be the same thing as voting against impeachment."
    Senate Republicans are unlikely to take action if the House passes a resolution.