Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on Thursday condemned how the investigations into the Internal Revenue Service scandal are proceeding, calling it “shameful” that there are still so few answers about who was responsible, and that no one has been held accountable.
Speaking on Glenn Beck’s radio program, Cruz remarked: “This week … I sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder pointing out that it’s now been eight months since the Department of Treasury Inspector General concluded the IRS had improperly targeted conservative and Tea Party groups. The day that news broke, President Obama told the country he was outraged … Eric Holder said that day that he was outraged, and was going to start an investigation.”
“In the eight months that’s followed, not a single person has been indicted,” Cruz continued. “It’s been publicly reported [that] the FBI doesn’t plan to bring charges against anybody … and now we’ve discovered the person leading the investigation at the Department of Justice is a partisan Democrat who has given over $6,000 to President Obama and the Democrats. This is shameful.”
Cruz said that rather than having hearings where lawmakers have a few minutes each and “one question doesn’t connect to the next,” a select committee should be formed to investigate the targeting of conservative groups. Rather than simply draw attention to issues, Cruz said that under the leadership of an experienced prosecutor, a select committee would actually get some answers. Instead of simply asking what the former head of the IRS was doing at the White House a reported 157 times, Cruz said, a select committee would come in and say, “we’re going to walk through all 157 times. I want to see your notes. I want to see your agendas, I want to see who was there. We’re going to talk about what was discussed at each one of those meetings.”
Cruz warned that we’ve got to be “much, much more effective in ensuring that the machinery of government is not used against the citizenry, and against the president’s perceived political enemies.”
Beck also asked the senator whether he has any presidential ambitions, but Cruz remained non-committal.
“Every person who might be thinking about it — the path that they ought to follow is to stand up and help lead the fight,” Cruz said.
More from the interview, below:
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