Rep. John Fleming, R-La., on Thursday morning made a motion to call up his resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, a move that could set up an impeachment vote in September when lawmakers return from summer recess.
Fleming read out the text of his resolution, which he and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., introduced Wednesday. The resolution accuses Koskinen of "high crimes and misdemeanors," including the failure to provide Congress with information about the IRS targeting scandal.
Conservatives have been seeking an impeachment vote after the scandal in which the IRS admitted to slow-walking tax-exempt status applications for conservative groups. But House Republican leaders have been cool to the idea, and would rather focus on an agenda that highlights a positive agenda they think will help win votes in November.
After Fleming read out the charges against Koskinen, the presiding officer said Republican leaders wouldn't immediately determine whether the resolution is "privileged" and has a right to an immediate vote. Because the House leaves Thursday afternoon for the summer break, that means a vote is not likely not come until September, when lawmakers return.
Even supporters of the motion say they don't expect any decision today, and that a vote, if it happens, will be in September.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus have been pushing for the vote, and caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, thanked the two lawmakers for introducing the resolution on Wednesday.
"Mr. Koskinen has failed the American people through gross negligence, dereliction of duty, and violating the public trust," Jordan said.
If it came to a vote, the House might very well impeach Koskinen, which would lead to a trial in the Senate. A vote to convict him would mean Koskinen's immediate removal from office.