Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement in response to an admission by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that they singled out certain groups based on political leanings:
"The IRS should be held accountable for its blatant abuse of power in singling out certain conservative groups for further review. While the Tea Party was not the only group targeted, last year my office was in contact with some local Tea Party groups regarding this issue and also sent a letter to the Commissioner of the IRS addressing these concerns.
"The IRS is required to remain non-partisan in the enforcement of America's tax laws. This kind of targeting based on political views, whether conservative or liberal, is inappropriate and a violation of the constitutional rights of these groups. As we continue to learn more about the actions of the IRS, it is clear that the Administration is doing little to instill trust in the federal government and owes the American people a thorough investigation of this matter. The House will investigate this issue, and as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I will closely monitor the investigations conducted by the Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform Committees as they move forward."