U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) was a guest on Fox Business Network’s “Markets Now” this afternoon to talk about the IRS targeting conservative groups and suppressing those who appeared to oppose the Obama Administration.
When asked what will happen next, Graves said, “What can happen in the days ahead? One, I don’t know why no one has been let go. No one has been fired. No termination has occurred. The same people who did this over the last two or three years are still in place today with the exception of the commissioner himself who resigned last November. So it’s a matter of cleaning out the IRS and restoring the public trust for the American people.” On ZPolitics today we asked the same question. It’s time for people to be fired for this irresponsible and unethical behavior on a number of fronts.
Graves went on to say, “I think it is a matter of cleaning house, starting over. But the question is, who made the call, who was responsible? This is so reminiscent of 1970s with Richard Nixon using his power and his influence and his subordinates to punish his political opponents.”
Rep. Graves has been on top of this since early last year.
Yesterday, Yahoo! News reported that former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman denied that the IRS targeted conservative groups when asked by Rep. Graves during an Appropriations subcommittee hearing on March 21, 2012. However, ABC News reported that “senior IRS officials in Washington” knew about the targeting of conservative groups in August 2011—months before Shulman denied the activity under questioning from Rep. Graves.