As his fellow Republicans in the House demand answers from IRS officials regarding the agency’s ongoing scandal, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is making his own demands. He recently expressed a desire to seek definitive action against the Justice Department, which he feels has been especially culpable in stalling the investigation.
“If Attorney General Eric Holder continues to refuse to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the abuse of power by the IRS against the American people, he should be impeached.”
Feigning fiscal conservatism, however, Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden spoke for senators in his party who feel such a suggestion is inappropriate.
“I have to question whether bringing in a special prosecutor would be a good use of taxpayer money in this case.”
Even in the face of naysayers across the political aisle, Cruz stuck to his guns and continued lambasting every aspect of the IRS scandal. Not only did he speak out against the agency’s initial targeting of conservative groups, the Texas Republican criticized the blatant partisanship of many officials involved, the unlikely excuse that countless relevant emails simply vanished in a hard drive crash, and the revelation that Lois Lerner attempted to have Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley audited.
The last point, he asserted, should concern legislators in either party.
“How comfortable are you with the precedent that the IRS can single out Democratic senators who might disagree with the president’s political position?”