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Southerland Demands IRS be Held Accountable for Breach of Trust


Location: Washington, DC

As the House of Representatives conducts its first investigative hearing into the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal today, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement taking the President to task for a growing list of blows to the public's trust in government:

"It's going to take more than a couple of sacrificial staff resignations at the IRS to get to the bottom of this systemic abuse of federal power. Congress must look at reining in yet another federal agency that has grown too large, too powerful, and too involved in the lives of the American people. For the President to be unaware of his administration's actions on a string of ethical lapses -- from the IRS targeting conservative groups, to wiretapping of reporters and fatal security failures in Benghazi -- displays, at best, a complete failure of leadership and, at worst, a shocking breach of the public trust."

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