Jindal: IRS offenses worthy of jail time
POSTED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 10:05am
CNN — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver biting criticism to President Barack Obama for recent controversies surrounding his administration in a speech Saturday to Virginia Republicans as they nominate GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli in the state's gubernatorial race.
According to Jindal's prepared remarks provided to CNN, the Republican governor will address the IRS' extra scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, calling for jail time for members of the IRS involved in the targeting.
"Anyone who participated in this targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, anyone who knew about it, anyone who simply looked the other way, and anyone under whose watch this occurred needs to be fired," he will say, noting that ordinary citizens who fail to pay taxes could face jail time.
"But in this instance, it is the IRS, people in a position of public trust, who have violated the Constitution of the United States of America. You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom. When you do that, you go to jail," Jindal's remarks say.
In a letter to the president on Tuesday, Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, chairmen of the Republican Governors Association, called for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS.
"Anyone who believes that this White House, or this Justice Department run by Eric Holder, is willing or capable of investigating this scandal is unhinged from reality," Jindal will say.
"This president has grown the size, the scope, the debt, and the power of the federal government to such irresponsible proportions...that this is the inevitable result," Jindal said of the IRS controversies in addition to a probe into subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors and the ongoing investigation into the administration's handling of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, last year.
Jindal's speech to the commonwealth conservatives will also praise Cuccinelli while offering sharp criticism of his gubernatorial opponent, Terry McAuliffe, painting the Democrat as untrustworthy with extreme liberal policies.
Jindal is among a handful of Republicans thought to have presidential aspirations in 2016. This speaking engagement coupled with another event in New Hampshire last week has fueled speculation as he visits general election battleground territory.
Politico first reported Jindal's remarks.
CNN's Kevin Bohn and CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.