Huelskamp pushes for vote to impeach IRS director

WASHINGTON (AP) House conservatives have taken the first step to force an impeachment vote on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Conservatives accuse Koskinen of gross negligence, arguing he stonewalled their investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups.

But House GOP leaders have not gotten behind their drive to hold impeachment hearings just months from the election.

The hard-line House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that two members, John Fleming of Louisiana and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, were introducing a so-called privileged resolution that could result in an impeachment floor vote on Koskinen.

The aggressive move by the Freedom Caucus could signal new problems for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who thus far has not faced the opposition from his right flank that forced the previous speaker, John Boehner, out of office last fall.