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Smith Speaks on IRS Scandal



By Bill O'Neil

Tough talk from President Barack Obama isn;t easing the frustration felt by a San Antonio Congressman--amid allegations the Internal Recvenue Service had targeted conservative groups over the last few years. 

"That's outrageous--and there's no place for it" the President said during a joint appearance at the White House with British Prime Minister David Cameron--if such allegations are true.

"It is contrary to our traditions--and people have to be held accountable, and it's got to be fixed" The President said.

The continuing to unfold scandal is outrageous to Congressman Lamar Smith. 

"You can not in a democracy allow the government to be politicized to the point where it is trying to intimidate--or trying to punish groups because they happen to be of a certain political ideology--in this case conservative" Smith told 550 KTSA News, adding "We need to find out who's responsible. We need to find out who knew about it. We need to find out who didn't stop it when they did find out about it." 

While much has been made of the timing of the disclosure of the scandal--given the conitnuing investigation in to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last year--the Congressman said he sees no direct connection--but the continuin g development of a very ominous patter. 

"This is an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history, and suddenly we find that lots of things that we were told are not the case--and that's what's disappointing" Smith said.  



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