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Marco Rubio to Jack Lew: IRS commissioner needs to resign

From a press release:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to demand the resignation of the current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner, in light of reports about the agency’s deliberate targeting of conservative organizations.

“[I]t is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership,” said Rubio in a letter to Lew. “I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.”

Rubio also called on Lew to ensure the Treasury Department’s full cooperation with all investigations regarding this scandal.

“The American people deserve answers about how such seemingly unconstitutional and potentially criminal behavior could occur, and who else was aware of it throughout the Administration,” Rubio wrote. “If investigations reveal that bureaucrats or political appointees engaged in unconstitutional or criminal targeting of conservative taxpayers, they must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Below is the full text of the letter:

May 13, 2013

Dear Secretary Lew:

Recent revelations about the Internal Revenue Service’s selective and deliberate targeting of conservative organizations are outrageous and seriously concerning. This years-long abuse of government power is an assault on the free speech rights of all Americans. This direct assault on our Constitution further justifies the American people’s distrust in government and its ability to properly implement our laws.

The American people deserve answers about how such seemingly unconstitutional and potentially criminal behavior could occur, and who else was aware of it throughout the Administration. It is imperative that you, your predecessor, and other past and present high-ranking officials at the Department of Treasury and IRS immediately testify before Congress.

The public expects your complete cooperation with both congressional investigations and potential criminal inquiries. If investigations reveal that bureaucrats or political appointees engaged in unconstitutional or criminal targeting of conservative taxpayers, they must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. At a bare minimum, those involved with this deeply offensive use of government power have committed a violation of the public trust that has already had a profoundly chilling effect on free speech. Such behavior cannot be excused with a simple apology.

Furthermore, it is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership. Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.

Sincerely,

Marco Rubio

 

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whasup

Yeah, good luck fighting the IRS.

Mike Riley

How can you fire Republican Douglas Schulman when he quit last October and Obama's replacement hasn't been approved by the John Boehner Congress

Dick

Death and taxes: two things you can't escape. Politicians are going to try and fight the tax man. We all know who wins in the end.

Repubtallygirl

@MikeRiley:
Remember that says about 'better to be thought a fool and remain silent than open your mouth and remove all doubt'?

Douglas Schulman did not 'quit' he finished his term that he was appointed to. His last day was in the November, not October.

"John Boehner Congress" - Since when has the House of Representatives given the authority to confirm nominees.

Just a FYI, Obama has not nominated ANYONE to the position to confirmed by Harry Reid's Senate?

Steve Mahin

Hilarious - Rubio demands the removal of the Bush-appointed IRS head who already left last fall. Nice job Mr. Senator (how ignorant). Shoot first, and aim later, right?

And anyway GOP blocks every single Obama appointee anyway (nice governance guys), so, ironically, Obama couldn't appoint a real replacement if wanted to.

LewJack

@Repubtallygirl

Its my understanding that the IRS commissioner's job is a six year tour. Shulman was sworn in late 2008. That means he should serve until the end of 2014.

He quit.

Kathyh

Pointless twattle from our state's U.S. Senator. Could he be trying to downplay the fact that he couldn't cast a vote for against the gun lobby when he voted against registration to purchase guns. Since his vote not to require registration our country now wonders what would have happened in New Orleans had the shooter had to register the gun he possessed.

Senator, please start voting with your constituents.

Sincerely...a 90 percenter who will be casting a vote for you.

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