WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS says the agency’s commissioner won’t appear at a House hearing on Tuesday examining whether he deserves to be impeached.
A statement by the IRS on Monday says that John Koskinen has not had time to prepare for the House Judiciary Committee hearing because of recent travel and because he must also get ready for a second, unrelated hearing.
The agency says Koskinen will provide the committee a written statement.
Some Republicans have been pushing for Koskinen’s removal because they say he has prevented congressional investigators from gathering evidence about how the IRS treated conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. The IRS says it has cooperated.
The Justice Department has found no evidence of criminal behavior by the IRS.
The election-year impeachment effort seems unlikely to succeed.