Clark Jolley Statement on the IRS Missing Emails

June 18, 2014
Release

Clark Jolley released the following statement on the announcement that the IRS lost two years worth of emails related to their unfair targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups:

The IRS says they have lost two years worth of emails related to their unfair targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups. This is an outrage.

I am disgusted by what has been uncovered in the growing IRS scandal over the political targeting of President Obama’s critics. The latest revelation that thousands of emails have been mysteriously lost in the midst of the investigation is yet another example of the arrogance and hubris of the partisan operatives who have been entrusted with our personal financial information.

It is inexcusable that they now claim to have lost the emails requested by Congress. This is an agency that handles millions upon millions of records, tax returns, and Americans’ personal information. If they cannot manage their email, then it puts into question their ability to do their job.

These people need to be held accountable. I hope that the Congress refers these clear violations of the law to the appropriate authorities for prosecution. In the meantime, I applaud the House Appropriations Committee for proposing a 15% cut in the IRS Budget that includes a prohibition on funds being spent on bonuses and political activities.

The IRS exists to collect taxes to fund government operations, not to harass the President’s critics or to share private information with political groups. I’m pleased to see their budget cut and restricted, and I hope this serves as a wake-up call to anyone still at the IRS who is thinking about engaging in political activities