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Rubio says IRS lacks ‘shred of the American people’s confidence,’ leader must go

by George Bennett | May 13th, 2013

Amid reports that the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups was known by upper-level officials as far back as 2011, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio today urged Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to demand the resignation of the IRS commissioner.

Rubio’s letter to Lew and the press release put out by Rubio’s office don’t name the IRS commissioner. The agency is now headed Steven Miller, who has served as acting commissioner since November. For the previous six years — which included the time groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names were targeted — the IRS was headed by George W. Bush appointee Douglas Shulman.

“The American people deserve answers about how such seemingly unconstitutional and potentially criminal behavior could occur, and who else was aware of it throughout the Administration,” Rubio’s letter to Lew says. “If investigations reveal that bureaucrats or political appointees engaged in unconstitutional or criminal targeting of conservative taxpayers, they must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Read the full text of Rubio’s letter after the jump…

Letter from Sen. Marco Rubio to Treasury Sec. Jack Lew regarding the IRS:

May 13, 2013

The Honorable Jack Lew
Secretary
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

Dear Secretary Lew:

Recent revelations about the Internal Revenue Service’s selective and deliberate targeting of conservative organizations are outrageous and seriously concerning. This years-long abuse of government power is an assault on the free speech rights of all Americans. This direct assault on our Constitution further justifies the American people’s distrust in government and its ability to properly implement our laws.

The American people deserve answers about how such seemingly unconstitutional and potentially criminal behavior could occur, and who else was aware of it throughout the Administration. It is imperative that you, your predecessor, and other past and present high-ranking officials at the Department of Treasury and IRS immediately testify before Congress.

The public expects your complete cooperation with both congressional investigations and potential criminal inquiries. If investigations reveal that bureaucrats or political appointees engaged in unconstitutional or criminal targeting of conservative taxpayers, they must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. At a bare minimum, those involved with this deeply offensive use of government power have committed a violation of the public trust that has already had a profoundly chilling effect on free speech. Such behavior cannot be excused with a simple apology.

Furthermore, it is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership. Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.

Sincerely,

Marco Rubio

54 Responses to “Rubio says IRS lacks ‘shred of the American people’s confidence,’ leader must go”

  1. Willard Says:

    I think its about time we just eliminate the IRS and get rid of the 500 thousand employee’s who are out to ruin people’s lives, just set up a flat tax and eliminate any and all deductions to make it simple.

  2. Francisco Says:

    Carful Marco….Obama’s Jack-Booted
    Brown Shirts will be marching down your hall way if you keep it up…..

  3. Wyn Says:

    This is ridiculous a GW Bush appointee was at the helm when these activities took place. DA! Why don’t we have yet another hearing, wasting taxpayers dollars to find out about it. And we wonder why nothing gets done in Washington DC.

  4. mary Says:

    What is with you Francisco, it wasn’t President Obama’s man who did the deed it was Bushes pick. And I think we should get rid of that department because they think they are bigger then all of Washington. No President has been able to pull them in.
    Get the facts.

  5. J.Manning Says:

    If Rubio thinks the IRS leader needs to be replaced because the agency has lost the confidence of the American people, using the same criteria we ought to replace Congress!!!

  6. Marco is a clown Says:

    Fact is the IRS regularly investigates any business, organization, or individual based upon the “Patriot Act”. The IRS has a list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list that title companies regularly check to make certain transactions can be completed. Persons or companies on the list must be cleared for business. EVERYONE who buys a house has his name cross checked against this list by the title company, by law. The IRS was put in charge of these investigations long before the Obama admin took office.

    This is just another GOP dog and pony show to get people riled, and has no merit at all. Rubio neds to get his act together as does the GOP, and start to work for the people rather than big business and special interests.

  7. lol donkey Says:

    Rubio is just throwing anything against the wall this point to stay relevant. His hallmark issue of immigration is hypocritical and a laughing stock within the GOP.

  8. David Says:

    Where was the Republican yelling and screaming when Reagan had the IRS investigate labor unions status when the unions contributed to Democrats.

  9. W. Says:

    Did the Republicans get bored with the endless Bengazi stuff?

  10. Here We Go!!! Says:

    A new day with a new scandal. The Republicans would rather waste time and money than put together good legislation for the people. And they wonder why they lost? Marco is trying to show leadership, wait until the election season comes and the Democratic machine digs up every piece of dirt from his days in Dade County. That’s going to be ugly.
    Yes the IRS is corrupt, just like every other DC branch. Flat tax and be done with it, nope I’m not a Libertarian, just tired of the unfair tax code. This whole tax exempt status is a scam anyways. Tax the churches too. If they can dictate policy and contribute to campaigns, they can pay taxes.

  11. SheepleAlert Says:

    @Mary,

    Who cares who appointed the IRS chief.

    The work was done in the CINCINNATI office which has ALL responsibility to verify non-profits. The CINCINNATI office that deals with these reviews has had their reviews of this program (from an office in DC) stopped. So they were on their own in regard to oversight.

    http://news.cincinnati.com/viewart/20130511/NEWS/305110110/IRS-knew-tea-party-targeted-2011

    So, who runs the IRS at CINCINNATI? Certainly not the “Bush Appointee”, it’s actually Lois G. Lerner:

    http://www.bridgeconf.org/site/PageNavigator/Education%20Program/Speakers/Lois_G_Lerner

    And (to top it all off), she was urged by PROGRESSIVES to revoke Conservative organizations tax exempt status:

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/13/progressives-urged-irs-to-revoke-conservatives-tax-exemptions-in-2012/

    Why not spend 5 minutes doing some research before you start screaming your party’s tag lines (you know – BLAME BUSH, DENY EVERYTHING, CALL YOUR OPPONENTS RACISTS, etc, etc).

    Have a nice day :)

  12. Michael Says:

    Distrust in government,unconstitional criminal acts! Sounds familiar. Hard to find any clean hands in congress. Make any stock trades lately Marco?

  13. drewsco Says:

    Mr. Rubio, how exactly was this process that the IRS employed-to scrutinize certain tax exept groups-unconstitutional and potentially criminal?

    The recklessness in your poor choice of words suggests that you’re only concern with scoring political points, especially after your own party spanked you over your proposals formmigration reform.

    Niño pequeño, perhaps you should consider laying low with the public statements and focus more on serving your constituents.

    Because, we all know that you’ll be defeated in 2016

  14. Dee Says:

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  15. Dee Says:

    I know two full time students and one unemployed person who were targeted by the IRS with audits this past year. Apparently they are also going after people who cannot afford to fight back. Look into this media, the story is bigger than conservative groups. The organization is going after indivduals but not companies who move their headquarters offshore but operate predominantly in the US…

  16. kelly Says:

    @SheepleAlert, DailyCaller is not a legitimate news source, it’s a blog run by frat boy Tucker Carlson. His site has been the source of questionable reports; Obama bombshells that weren’t and the Menendez prostitute scandal that wasn’t.

  17. SheepleAlert Says:

    @kelly,

    I’ll hand it to you, you’re playing your liberal hand as expected.

    You managed to:

    1. Ignore the first two stories, 2. attack the third story as coming from a “biased” news outlet, 3. Ignore the fact that the IRS ADMITTED IT TARGETED CONSERVATIVES, and 4. Ignore the growing outrage of the American people of a government run amok.

    Here’s a couple stories from your side of the press:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-denounces-reported-irs-targeting-of-conservative-groups/2013/05/13/a0185644-bbdf-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/irs-scandal-timeline-91421.html

    I would be just as outraged if the IRS was targeting democrat / liberal groups. That’s not what America is about. This is more along the lines of what you would expect from a communist third world country.

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