Cruz: Holder Should be Impeached if No Action on IRS Scandal

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 01:08 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Sen. Ted Cruz said Congress should impeach Attorney General Eric Holder if he does not seek indictments for people such as former senior IRS official Lois Lerner for their roles in the agency targeting scandal.

In an appearance Thursday on conservative talk show host Sean Hannity's radio show, the Texas Republican and possible 2016 presidential contender, said Holder should be impeached for "defying Congress and the rule of law," Breitbart reported.

Cruz said Holder's actions were not in keeping with the policies of the Justice Department, which has "a bipartisan tradition of resisting partisan pressure and upholding the rule of law."

He cited examples of previous attorneys general, such as Janet Reno and Elliot Richardson, as models for how the department should be run.

Cruz described Holder as "the most partisan attorney general the country has ever had," Breitbart reported.

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Cruz also said he was "very pleased" that Lerner was held in contempt by the House Oversight Committee, but criticized the Obama administration for not moving to indict one person eight months after the inspector general concluded that the IRS had wrongfully targeted conservative groups for heightened scrutiny.

Cruz also took aim at President Barack Obama for appointing a Democrat, who was a fundraiser for his presidential campaign, to lead the IRS investigation, saying it would be akin to John Mitchell investigating Richard Nixon, according to Breitbart.

Mitchell was attorney general during Nixon's first term and chairman of his 1972 presidential re-election campaign. Mitchell went to prison for Watergate-related crimes.

Cruz added that Obama had a "pattern of lawlessness" that "is breathtaking" and "dangerous" for liberty.

"We have never seen a president who consistently ignores the law and brazenly defies the law," Cruz said, mentioning immigration, marriage, drug, and welfare laws. The president's unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act also defy his authority in the Constitution, Cruz said.

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