As fallout from the IRS scandal rippled through Washington, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution Tuesday condemning the IRS actions and calling for an independent investigation. The resolution also instructs that the investigation should examine whether criminal charges should be brought against individuals who knowingly targeted organizations because of their political views.
“The IRS has been using taxing power as a political tool to bully these conservative groups and this type of intimidation is a major violation of our U.S. Constitution,” Sen. Paul said. “This act of discrimination should not be tolerated and I demand a formal investigation seeking criminal charges against any individuals who authorized or were involved in targeting people of the United States based on their political views.”
“The president has deemed this inexcusable, yet actions speak louder than words. It is time for President Obama and his Administration to act and it is our duty as Americans to hold them accountable,” Paul continued.
Beyond the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of tea party and conservative organizations are questions what steps the agency took after the potentially illegal actions were identified.