Jindal: IRS offenses worthy of jail time
May 18th, 2013
01:23 PM ET
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Jindal: IRS offenses worthy of jail time

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver biting criticism to President Barack Obama for recent controversies surrounding his administration in a speech Saturday to Virginia Republicans as they nominate GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli in the state's gubernatorial race.

According to Jindal’s prepared remarks provided to CNN, the Republican governor will address the IRS’ extra scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, calling for jail time for members of the IRS involved in the targeting.

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“Anyone who participated in this targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, anyone who knew about it, anyone who simply looked the other way, and anyone under whose watch this occurred needs to be fired,” he will say, noting that ordinary citizens who fail to pay taxes could face jail time.

“But in this instance, it is the IRS, people in a position of public trust, who have violated the Constitution of the United States of America. You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom. When you do that, you go to jail,” Jindal’s remarks say.

In a letter to the president on Tuesday, Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, chairmen of the Republican Governors Association, called for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS.

“Anyone who believes that this White House, or this Justice Department run by Eric Holder, is willing or capable of investigating this scandal is unhinged from reality,” Jindal will say.

“This president has grown the size, the scope, the debt, and the power of the federal government to such irresponsible proportions…that this is the inevitable result,” Jindal said of the IRS controversies in addition to a probe into subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors and the ongoing investigation into the administration’s handling of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, last year.

Jindal’s speech to the commonwealth conservatives will also praise Cuccinelli while offering sharp criticism of his gubernatorial opponent, Terry McAuliffe, painting the Democrat as untrustworthy with extreme liberal policies.

Jindal is among a handful of Republicans thought to have presidential aspirations in 2016. This speaking engagement coupled with another event in New Hampshire last week has fueled speculation as he visits general election battleground territory.

Politico first reported Jindal's remarks.

CNN’s Kevin Bohn and CNN’s Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Ken Cuccinelli
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. BigTBone

    How's that whole "stupid" thing working out Piyush?

    May 18, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. ST

    Piyush Jindal is another loose mouth like Boehner. Since when they have become judges? And what is the use of carrying investigations if these know much are there to judge even before listening to the facts? These kind of people do not deserve to lead anyone, as they do not have anything like reasoning in their empty coconut heads.

    May 18, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Jindal is among a handful of Republicans thought to have presidential aspirations in 2016.

    Dream On !

    Jindal / Ayotte
    breaking through the basment 2016

    May 18, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. TBone

    Republican conspiracy chasers like a bunch of parrots in a pet shop; always the predictable bird brains squawking the weekly nonsense from the same tired script. What's new here?

    May 18, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. rs

    Unfortunately no one in the GOP can cite any law that has been broken. It really is that simple. The IRS by law has to check to ensure groups seeking 501 (c) 4 status really are "Social welfare" groups. The TEA Parties got their status despite the fact the really are anti-tax, anti-government hate groups. No law has been broken- except perhaps by the TEA Parties- i.e.: fraud.

    May 18, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. g

    they really want to stop the irs from doing their job-why

    May 18, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Now your talking Gov. Bobby. Butts behind bars. And we can start with W.

    May 18, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Pete

    Is anyone here think Jindal has any sense,I don't think so..Observing an epileptic person having a seizure and sending for priests because jindal thought he was possessed and you think he's presidencial material,only in ignorent republicans eyes that's all!!And he speaks of jail for IRS conspirators and why not jail for him for masquerading as a politician that's more like it!!Most republican governors should be jailed because of the mess they're getting their states into and if that ain't criminal nothing is!!

    May 18, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Catmandew

    Jindal get back to your job and worry about your state you have no business in another state!

    May 18, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Hey stupid, what happened to the party of no more stupid. Any chance to dt your name out there over nothing.
    This is all about grandstanding but you, paiul light, lying ryan, lap band with no self control, the anchor baby and the Canadia born birther who lives in Texas are NOT going to be president.

    May 18, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. roro

    Sure, just as soon as the liars who got us into the war with Iraq are in jail, too.

    May 18, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    The GOP just keeps trotting out a different loser du jour trying to create a story line where there isn't one. Did the GOP want jail time for Bush administration IRS goons that targeted the NAACP or liberal PACs? Of course not, no laws apply to the GOP.

    May 18, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Name Uche Agonsi

    For all his rhetorics, this guy is not, & can never be a presidential material...his rattlings are like much dark cloud & no rain.

    May 18, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Larry L

    A couple of IRS agents apparently did target groups that Jindal and other Republicans rely upon for political power – much like the NAACP was targeted by a Republican Adminsistration's IRS. I've seen absolutely zero in evidence that this new conspiracy relates to the President, as much as the Republicans would love to make it have a bigger fragmentation zone.

    But my question relates to the basic job of the IRS agents specifically tasked to determine the honesty of groups claiming tax exempt status. Why wouldn't they overt indications (as seen in parades, advertisements, and political rallies on television) of a "tax revolt" mentality trigger more close examination? Should a random-selection process of every little church, NGO, and charity gets the same examination as groups openly encouraging tax revolt? Why wouldn't that be a logical approach from a common-sense perspective? Like gerrymandering and voting laws we have laws to prevent purely political motives from directing the IRS – even at low-levels. But were those laws actually violated? Or is more of the much-too-common conservative conspiracies where the "outrage" just more of the same political theater?

    May 18, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. w l jones

    follow the non-prohibit organization monnies all to way to Swiss............

    May 18, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Jacee

    I must have heard the GOP described as "Conspiracy Theory Right Wing Paranoid Nut Job Tea Bagger Rednecks" etc.etc.etc. and laughed at for so long on these Blogs. Isn't it interesting that the chickens are now coming home to roost as they say? And that it looks like these paranoid nut jobs may have been right all along. How do you like that! funny isn't it? Oh well, you know what they say, what goes around comes around.

    May 18, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Dan5404

    The GOP/Tea Party witch hunters circle like vultures over any scrap of meat they think they can propagandize into "Scandal". So far, no proof that anyone had an agenda against the Tea Party even though the thought of Tea Party activists truly only dealing in non-partisan, philanthropic activities with no political motive is laughable. The same can be said for the extreme left in some cases. Their decision on how to deal with a flood of tax-exempt requests from GOP-backed organizations and others may have been a violation of their procedures, but certainly not proven political in intent and not criminal. They should be fired for changing procedures, but that should end it. That is, except for clearing up the big loophole mess and unclear laws created by the Supreme court. Guilty until proven innocent is the GOP way, not America's.

    May 18, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Dave

    but apparently targeting left leaning groups is just AOK...

    May 18, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Safejourney

    Jindal, not only are you a puppet, but you are a puppet dressed as a parrot

    May 18, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. lottie

    the repos are all rapped up in jails conspiracy and scandal. they have no agenda other than to work against the administration. Tired of listening to their drama filled speeches The election is over a year away save them for later.

    May 18, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. lottie

    Id target these low life free riding tax dodging groups too. No complaints when it was the liberal groups taking the heat. Hum? wonder why

    May 18, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Bootstomper

    Jindal Issa 2016. Staring Dana carvey and mike Myers.

    May 18, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. king

    i am tired of seeing billionaires use these tea party people to usher money to their candidate, dam right the IRS should be looking at them. the head of the IRS was a republican, that shows you how bad these groups were popping up, yet a repub was trying to put a stop to them. these guys came out the woods when the first black president was elected for one reason, and that was to overthrow the government, shouting we're tax enough, and we want our country back. the liberal groups wasn't doing these kind of craziness so why should they be investigated. this IRS republican head was concerned about our democracy, this was why he targeted these right winged tea party folks because he genuinely thought the president of the united states was in danger.

    May 18, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. rs

    Mr. Jindal- you know, the one moment you made sense was when you called upon the GOP to stop "being the party of stupid". As such, you briefly demonstrated that there might be a smidge of hope for having a responsible party on the Right. Then, you do this.
    Look, if you are going to call for jail terms (or impeachment, beheadings, whipping with wet noodles, or whatever), you HAVE to cite the laws that have been broken, and prove it.
    Yeah, I know, its that "stupid" thing, right?

    May 18, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Pendlton

    Jail time? When the party of Sling Blade, decides to hasten the jail time for many of it's members, then we'll talk jail time for other parties. Till that time, I'd suggest that the nut job shown above shut his pie hole. He doesn't realize it yet. but many of the members of his party don't consider him to be one of he inner circle. He's a man of color, and the republicans are not known for their inclusiveness.

    May 18, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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