US Senator Susan Collins (ME-R) Says IRS Bias Revelations that They Targeted Specific Political Organizations Will Only Fuel Government Distrust … “Disappointing that the President hasn’t Personally Condemned This”
US Senator Susan Collins (ME-R) was on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ with Candy Crowley this morning discussing the recent revelations that the IRS was illegally targeting Conservative organizations like the Tea Party. Collins stated that the IRS’s apology and reasons for targeting Tea Party groups did not pass the smell test. Collins went on to say that the IRS’s actions, “This is truly outrageous. And it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government.” She also stated, ”And I think that it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out.” The president needs to make it crystal clear that this is not acceptable in America. Collins also said she doesn’t believe that the case was a result of just a few “rogue” IRS employees. These comments are coming from A RINO from Maine, hardly the right wing.
President Barack Obama found time to condemn the police in Cambridge, MA when Obama acted “poorly” and he found the time to condemn how the police initially handled the case of the death of Trayvon Martin. But when it comes to Conservative groups, the Tea Party and the IRS acting with an enemies list, the cat has Obama’s tongue.
President Barack Obama should personally condemn the Internal Revenue Service for putting extra scrutiny on conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday.
The Maine Republican said the disclosure that a government agency would go after groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names would only add to a growing sense of mistrust Americans have in their government. She was one of a number of Republicans who blasted the IRS on Sunday’s talk shows.
“This is truly outrageous. And it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government. It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review. And I think that it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out,” Collins told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”
Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, called for a full investigation of the IRS’ practices.
“I don’t care if you’re a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, this should send a chill up your spine,” Rogers said on “Fox News Sunday.”
A congressional investigation would probe who knew what and when, Rep. Darrell Issa told CNN Sunday. Issa is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight.
“The fact is if you’re doing something and it’s wrong, it’s illegal, it’s the kind of thing that scares the American people to their core, when Americans are being targeted for audits based on their political beliefs, that needs to change,” he said.