WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, released a statement Wednesday after two congressional hearings addressing the IRS targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.
“We need to use all avenues to address the targeting issue,” Jordan said. “The Justice Department investigation is a joke investigation. The FBI told the Wall Street Journal in January that no one would be prosecuted over the IRS targeting of conservative groups, and President [Barack] Obama said that there was not even ‘a smidgen’ of corruption in the case while the investigation was ongoing. To top it off, the lead investigator in the case is a $6,750 contributor to the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee. That is why 26 Democrats have joined all House Republicans to call for a special prosecutor, and why we called for it again today. We must also reform the IRS, to ensure that targeting of political groups never happens again. This is fundamental, because the IRS attacked Americans’ fundamental First Amendment rights.”
The hearings were held in the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform and the House Judiciary committees, of which Jordan is a member.
The Oversight committee recently compiled a report with proposed IRS reforms to ensure that political groups are never targeted again. To read the report, visit http://j.mp/IRSReport.