Cantor: ‘IRS Should Not Be Used as a Tool to Affect Political Gain’

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) discussed Republican efforts to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting scandal Tuesday with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, including going forward with holding former agency official Lois Lerner in contempt.

“The facts are the IRS has clearly been targeting conservative groups for being conservative and have delayed and in some cases denied the ability to obtain tax status to go about advocating for their position,” he said. “This is unacceptable and the IRS should not be used as a tool to affect political gain. We’re going to be moving to hold Lois Lerner in contempt.”

Van Susteren asked Cantor whether he thought Attorney General Eric Holder will take the contempt resolution seriously.

“Well, he ought to take seriously this resolution,” Cantor said. “Look at what’s been going on within the DOJ. The person that’s been charged with the interviews of Lois Lerner, we are told through reports, has not even put Lois Lerner under oath. Perhaps one would think that falls short of trying to get to the bottom of the situation where it seems that a neutral instrument like the tax enforcement agency is being used to affect political gain. These are the kinds of things that are very concerning to most Americans. This goes against the grain of who we are, the very trust in our system of justice. This is why the House is moving to pass this resolution to ask for the appointment of a special prosecutor.”