Calling it “disturbing” that Congress is not the source of these investigative revelations, Rep. Charles Boustany, (R-LA), Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, supports the House vote soon on holding Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.
As the House prepares to vote to hold Lerner in contempt next week, Boustany explained that Lerner is where all the facts are leading on this IRS matter right now, before the investigation can proceed any further.
Explaining why the House is so focused on Lerner, the Congressman says, “We don’t want any civil servant in this government in a position where they think they have freedom to abuse the rights of American people. Period. We need to put the fear of God in them and if they try to do that, then there will be consequences.”
When reminded that the White House’s initial reaction to the revelation of the IRS targeting, uncovered by the Inspector General for Tax Administration in May 2013, was merely from “rogue agents in Cincinnati,” Boustany said, “this has been proven to not be a true statement.”
Yet after almost a year, the House committees investigating the IRS still do not know who is behind the targeting of Obama’s political opponents by the IRS.
On April 9, the Ways and Means Committee took the unprecedented step of issuing a criminal referral letter to the Department of Justice on Lerner with a focus — according to some conservatives — on Karl Rove’s associations and other monied interests, instead of tea party organizations and smaller targeted groups.
In this exclusive interview, Boustany, when discussing the President’s answer to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly on February 2 that there is “not a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, Boustany challenges Obama to then “have the IRS come clean” and prove it.
Boustany declares, “The IRS is an agency that can break the most powerful person in the country, all the way down to the guy on the street. If that type of abusive power is allowed free reign, then we are on a very slippery slope in this country.”
Besides the conservative non profits getting scrutinized by the Obama IRS, Boustany tells The Daily Caller, “we do have a lot of information that (Republican or conservative) donors were targeted.”
“I think this is potentially much more serious than what Nixon did (with the IRS) if it does get traced all the way to the White House. So, we need to follow these facts. We need to be diligent and make sure we really do this thoroughly and not jump to conclusions. Otherwise, you undermine the credibility of this.”
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