Labrador: Delay congressional recess to hold impeachment hearings on IRS official

Raul Labrador

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador lashed out at House GOP leaders Tuesday, saying they should hold impeachment hearings on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, even if it means putting off the fall congressional recess. “What they’re doing is they’re punting,” Labrador told reporters in Washington, D.C. attending his monthly “Conversations with Conservatives” luncheon. “Some of us think he should be impeached, but we would like to hold a full hearing on this so we can hear his answer and we have the opportunity to ask the questions. But it is amazing that we’re not doing it.”

Said Labrador, a Republican and co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, “The hearings can start now. We might not be able to finalize the hearings before we go on our recess, which by the way maybe we shouldn’t be going on our recess. … As people say, he should be afforded the due process. So let’s go ahead and do the hearing.”

The fall congressional recess is when members of Congress return to their districts to campaign for re-election. Here’s a full report from the AP in Washington, D.C. on the impeachment push:

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