“He says he’s outraged, and that’s fine, but we need to see him do something,” Senator Rand Paul said of President Obama’s lack of action on the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. He described the president as “detached” and “passive in all of this.”
“I think in order for government to gain its trust back, someone needs to be fired, someone needs to be held responsible, and, if it’s criminal, someone needs to go to jail,” Paul said on Fox News this afternoon. He compared the president’s handling of this situation to his handling of Benghazi, in which no one has yet been fired.
Paul also called for an independent investigation of the IRS case, especially after the news that Lois Lerner, director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations division, would invoke the Fifth Amendment and not testify in tomorrow’s House Oversight Committee hearing. (Committee chairman Darrell Issa has since issued a subpoena for Lerner in hopes of having her testify.)