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Lamar Smith: Obama Admin. Asked IRS to Target Conservatives, ‘So Anything Is Possible’

By Craig Bannister | April 5, 2017 | 10:08am EDT
Rep. Lamar Smith

“The Obama administration wrongfully asked the IRS to target conservative organizations, so anything is possible,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said Tuesday regarding the surveillance of President Donald Trump.

“Criminal laws may well have been broken,” Smith declared in a House floor speech, “when the Obama administration conducted surveillance of candidate and then President-elect Trump and those close to him, including his family members.”

Americans need to know who authorized the potential crime, Smith said:

“This exposing and disseminating personal information may well have been a criminal act.”

“The serious question is: Who authorized the surveillance in the first place?

“To direct intelligence or law enforcement agencies to conduct surveillance of political opponents is a violation of the Constitution and a threat to our democracy. But, the Obama administration wrongfully asked the IRS to target conservative organizations, so anything is possible.

“One thing is for sure – the American people need to learn a lot more about what the Obama administration did, and who did it.”

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