Americans for Tax Reform: IRS Scandal ‘Worse’ Than Watergate

By Ali Meyer | April 10, 2014 | 3:25 PM EDT

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist. (AP photo)

( – The IRS-Tea Party scandal is worse than Watergate “because it is the corruption of much of the government” and one hopes “the prison sentences are at least as long” as they were for the Watergate conspirators, said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist during a Tax Day press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

At the event, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, asked, “Do you think this IRS scandal is worse than Watergate, and if so, in what way?”

Norquist said, “Yeah, it’s worse because it is the corruption of much of the government, many people were involved, not one guy telling some bad guys to do something -- and I hope the prison sentences are at least as long. The IRS is certainly affecting more individuals that were just minding their own business, but both were attempts at corrupting the political process.”

“Watergate hired burglars to steal stuff, they didn’t use the government to do it,” said Norquist. “There they hired some guys who broke in and stole some stuff, criminals, okay? They didn’t use the Marines or the IRS or Securities and Exchange Commission, they didn’t use the force of government to do that.”

President Barack Obama and former President Richard Nixon. (AP image)

“What you don’t want to do is criminalize the government, and that’s what appears to have happened with the IRS,” said Norquist.  “People working for the American people, paid for with tax dollars, abusing that power for political purposes.”

Several lawmakers spoke at the 2014 Tax Press Conference, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

Among the topics discussed at the event were IRS abuse of conservative non-profit groups, IRS implementation of Obamacare, and IRS waste of taxpayer funds.