Rep. Gosar: Abolish the IRS

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 05:47 PM

By Greg Richter and Kathleen Walter

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The Internal Revenue Service should be abolished in light of the recent scandal targeting conservative groups, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

"To facilitate this, we've actually introduced an Anti-IRS Abuse Act, and it would basically hold people accountable for misuse, and thieves within the IRS, and allow those that have been misused to have some type of compensation or a retaliation against those that do the wrongdoing," Gosar said.

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Gosar, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has sponsored the most recent resolution expressing no confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder. Dozens of Republicans have signed on and the resolution is now gaining traction with Democrats.

Though Holder has vowed not to resign, Gosar says he doesn't see Holder lasting much longer. As more has come to light about his involvement in the targeting of journalists, more people have lost confidence in Holder, Gosar said.

"It's like this guy does not understand the rule of law in the Constitution."

Asked whether Holder perjured himself before Congress when he said he had nothing to do any targeting of journalists, Gosar said Holder is "caught either way, because if he didn’t, then why did he go judge shopping (in the James Rosen case)?"

Gosar would like to see a House resolution calling for Holder's removal from office.

"Our phone has been ringing off the hook. People are fed up in a bipartisan aspect," he said. "So a lot of people are tired of it. They want somebody new, somebody that's going to uphold the rule of law."

Gosar tells Newsmax he finds it hard to believe President Barack Obama knew nothing of the IRS scandal before it was reported in the press. He said the House has the "power of the purse" and will use it to restrict how the IRS can spend its money.

"It always seems like it's the same old, same old stuff," he said. "When you look at Fast and Furious, we didn't know anything about it. You look at the AP probe; we didn’t know anything about it. How about James Rosen? And now you see the IRS the same mantra over and over again. It's out of sight, out of mind."

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