WASHINGTON (KYTX)– U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman on the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement praising the House Ways & Means Committee for their vote to refer Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for criminal prosecution for her involvement in the IRS targeting scandal.
"Like most Americans I was both angered and appalled to learn of the IRS's campaign to selectively intimidate Americans based upon their political beliefs. Using the IRS – perhaps the single most feared government agency – to punish and harass one's political opponents is right out of the Watergate playbook – a playbook I thought had disappeared 40 years ago. Sadly, after a thorough investigation by Chairman Camp and members of the House Ways & Means Committee, it appears it has not.
"It also appears the culture of abuse at the IRS is even more wide spread and systemic than previously known. Today's Office of Special Council report on the illegal campaign activity at several IRS offices – including one in Dallas – further illustrates the need for immediate action.
"These are issues that should rise above partisanship. They hit at the heart of who we are as a people, and why we fight for justice and fear such a large, powerful government that clearly has become ‘too big to manage.' The political targeting at the IRS was wrong because it tries to turn our citizens into subjects. It is wrong because it violates both our constitutional and civil rights. It is wrong because it treats citizens wishing to speak out against the government's policies – exercising a God-given right – like an enemy under state investigation. In a word, it is tyranny.
"I applaud my colleagues for passing this resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to thoroughly review the evidence of criminal misconduct by Lois Lerner that has been uncovered by the Ways and Means committee investigation and to take action to correct this inexcusable, indefensible, and dangerous abuse of power."