Ga. Dem: 'Administration Would Not Use a Federal Agency for Political Purposes'

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | May 28, 2013 | 11:39 AM EDT

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) told PJ Media that he has confidence President Obama would never use a federal agency for "political purposes" despite scandals currently engulfing multiple government agencies.

"I have confidence that this administration would not use a federal agency for political purposes. We saw that happen in the last administration with the Justice Department. Those kinds of abuses I don't think are engaged in by this particular administration, but it's something we always have to be on guard against and legitimate questions have been asked about the IRS investigation of those 501(c)4 applicants, and we need to get to the bottom of it," Johnson told PJ Media.

Johnson says he believes the best way to resolve the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups is to bring in the lower-level employees who "conducted the studies" and put them under oath. He also says there may be grounds for termination, but  it wouldn't be "grounds for prosecution."

"The best way is to bring in the people who actually conducted these studies. We need to bring those lower-level people in, put them under oath, and have them to explain what exactly motivated them to do what they did and who authorized them to do that. Then, if it's a case of someone who proceeded with that activity after it had been declared a non-policy, then you know, that could be grounds for termination. It certainly wouldn't be grounds for prosecution."

(h/t PJ Media)

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