In late January of 2014, Cruz requested Attorney General Eric Holder put forward a special investigation on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups as a form of partisan warfare. Cruz also called out President Obama for not putting his money where his mouth is, especially since President Obama has already acknowledged the IRS’ action as “intolerable and inexcusable.”
“Nearly nine months ago, President Obama declared the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups ‘intolerable and inexcusable,’ yet his administration has authored a new rule to specifically limit free speech for many of those groups, which are classified as ‘social welfare’ organizations,” Cruz said. “Free speech is not a partisan issue.”
Cruz continued in his address to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Americans citizens deserve the truth about the IRS’ targeting tactics.
“The IRS has no business meddling with the First Amendment rights of Americans,” Cruz said. “Rather than further stifling free speech, the IRS and the Department of Justice should provide the American people with all the facts surrounding the IRS’s targeting of certain organizations based on their political activity. We should all agree the IRS should not be used as a tool for partisan warfare.”
Cruz is also displeased with how disciplinary matters with IRS official Lois Lerner have been handled by the Obama Administration. In this matter, Cruz is not alone. Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also finds Lerner’s lack of punishment unsettling.
Although Obama suspended Lerner as Paul requested, she is still receiving payment.
“…The main woman from the IRS that’s involved has taken the Fifth Amendment—she’s no longer cooperating—so I have called for her suspension,” Paul said. “The President did respond to that and he has suspended her. However, he’s still paying her, and I don’t want that to go on forever.”
How dire would it be if this scandal did “go on forever?” Do Paul and Cruz have a right to be this angry about who the IRS makes tax-exempts difficult for, especially if it is solely the conservatives who are being targeted?
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