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. Pete

    Where's the investigation into union busting using IRS in Bushs two terms to repeatedly audit where there's no audit required especially when its obvious after attending the audit they couldn't find anything because it was up to snuff..We union people aren't stupid and if we wanted to screw the IRS wouldn't you have thought we'd had done it already!!

    May 18, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Texas joins flood of states suing BP over 2010 Gulf spill.

    Bobby Jindal / Rick Perry

    Environment and Guns 2016 !

    May 18, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    How about letting the judicial branch deal with it instead of failed demagogues, Mr. Jindal? Illiterate, hateful opinions qill further ruin your already damaged political reputation.

    May 18, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Larry L

    I suppose raw logic eliminates tax exemptions for PACs, churches, NGOs, and charity organizations.

    Ostensibly the exemptions provide compensation for "good" services not provided by the government. The laws are crafted to prevent political and religious persecution. Regarding persecution – if exemptions didn't exist nobody could use them as a weapon. Today those exemptions are constantly abused and taxpayers get the bill.

    For "good" services – if local, state, or federal agencies couldn't provide the critical service, organizations could then freely bid (like a defense contractor) and get paid for the service rendered. If the service isn't quantifiable why should the exemption be given anyway? It's a free market solution!

    May 18, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Flagship, NC

    Were laws actually violated?

    May 18, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Very stupid guy.

    May 18, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. m Cassady

    I can't believe the IRS wouldn't target the liberal groups asking for tax exempt status, due to the hypocritical nature of the request. If they don't pay taxes then are they against what the campaigner in chief wants from all of us? To pay our fair share? At least the tea party is up front with their beliefs.

    May 18, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. Doc1

    Hey Bobby (or whatever your name is), no one outside of the supportive hicks in your state care what you think. Please finish your term quietly, then seek a congressional seat or a lobbyist job.

    May 18, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Evergreen

    The GOP keeps preaching to the choir. This fake outrage is about raising money from their supporters.

    May 18, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Getoverit

    Sure, just as soon as the liars who got us into the war with Iraq are in jail, too.
    Please explain to the class exactly what was illegal about the Iraq war that Congress approved.

    May 19, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  11. Marie MD

    This is all about the repugs not being able to get money from ghost "non profit" organizations.
    The koch brothers have given the tea trolls enough money to feed a small nation of people who need to eat.

    May 19, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. revolting peasant

    It would be nice if the IRS were impartial, BUT the GOP lobbyists did set a precedent of using non-profit groups as money laundering operations for campaign contributions. It makes sense that the IRS would scrutinize any political group seeking non-profit status.

    May 19, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Jindal is yesterday's stale news and would be better off concentrating on state business.

    May 19, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. wild man

    blame the republicans blame the republicans blame the republicans That's all you people do them their are three major scandals and now who to blame? blame our selves for allowing big government to corrupt our free country it has been happening for three administrations. they have the same agendas people (republicans and democrats) they want to strip up of our freedoms while stuffing their pockets with our money. big government is the problem

    May 19, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. wild man

    i guess for ya'll to post someone's comment they have to be a government educated slave or on your pay roll.

    May 19, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. rs

    Please explain to the class exactly what was illegal about the Iraq war that Congress approved.
    Oh, I dunno, maybe we could start on that Congressional approval being based on Bush's lie regarding WMD, or Iraq's involvement with 9/11.

    Maybe we could talk about the 125,000 dead Iraqi citizens, or the 2 million Iraqi refugees.

    Sound good to you?

    May 19, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Tony in Maine

    Bobby, When you're looking for a lying SOB, you don't usually check a convent – you head down to the corner tavern and listen to the BS. When you're looking for a lying politician, they're everywhere including and probably mostly these days, on the far right. So the IRS was trying to check on whether or not Karl's gang of Tea Partiers were really social service organizations or whether they were out to git the black guy sittin' in the white guy's office.

    May 19, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    How about including on that jail nomination list the Wall Streeters who tanked the global economy? And all the Americans who hire illegal aliens so they can lay off better-paid American workers? And all the Americans who are using off shore bank accounts to hide $21 trillion to $20 trillion to avoid paying taxes – all the while taking advantage of our infrastructure (everything from roads to the U.S. military), without which they wouldn't have made their wealth in the first place?

    Huh, Bobby, what about THOSE folks?

    May 19, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @wild man: "guess for ya'll to post someone's comment they have to be a government educated slave or on your pay roll."

    No, you can't use obscenities. Try expressing yourself without them.

    May 19, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    @marie MD: "The koch brothers have given the tea trolls enough money to feed a small nation of people who need to eat."

    Why is it that no one stopped to ask how all these seniors managed to afford luxury tour buses and stage all these rallies across the country when the tea party first started?

    Did folks really think that these seniors (and others young enough to still be working) just held a bake sale to fund these activities?

    Only a fool thinks the tea party was anything other than a front for the Koch brothers.

    May 19, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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