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May 15, 2013

Graves: Who gave the orders to target conservatives?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, addressed the House today after the release of the Treasury Department’s Inspector General report on the IRS targeting conservative groups and those who voiced opposition to the Obama administration. Politico reported today that the harassment went as far as IRS officials asking groups to disclose which books they were reading, divulge details of possible personal relationships and reveal if group members planned to run for public office in the future, among other invasive questions.

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak against the IRS for targeting Americans because of their political beliefs.

What is clear is that the IRS has violated the public trust in a serious and disturbing way.

It’s sickening to learn that the IRS not only targeted tea party conservative groups, but also groups that criticized the government or even taught the United States Constitution.

The United States is a beacon of hope and freedom for the oppressed all across the world.

But, the coordinated suppression of President Obama’s political opponents undermines who we are and what we stand for.

Mr. Speaker: who gave the orders to target Americans who disagree with this administration? Who gave the orders?

The American people deserve to know, and our republic depends on us finding out that answer.

I represent a lot of Georgians who are sick and tired of the IRS targeting them.

It is time for this House — the People’s House — to instead now target the IRS.

We must find the full truth and we cannot stop until we have full accountability.

 

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