WASHINGTON, D.C.óToday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the alarming news that the IRS systematically targeted conservative groups in the application of the U.S. tax code during the 2012 election cycle. In the letter, Congressman Poe asks the Attorney General to direct the US Office of Special Counsel to investigate any violation of the Hatch Act. He also calls on him to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the case.

ìNot only does the behavior of the IRS threaten individual freedom, I believe it is also criminal,î said Poe. ìIt is unlawful for a federal agency to use its law enforcement and investigatory power as a means to harass and target certain individuals whose political ideology differs from the Administration. It would appear that such actions are violations of federal law, and the Equal Protection and Due Process protections guaranteed to every American citizen in the Constitution. Private citizens should not be punished for questioning government, this is America, not a third world dictatorship. This type of government oppression of political opposition must not be tolerated. ì

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