On May 14 U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) sent a letter to President Barack Obama in response to the recent reports of the Internal Revenue Service specifically targeting conservative organizations for in-depth reviews. In his letter, Congressman Barrow also called on the White House to fully comply with the investigations into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and the Department of Justice tapping the phone lines of Associated Press reporters.
“Folks in the 12th District in Georgia and across the country are demanding answers to the federal government’s recent serious missteps,” said Congressman Barrow. “It’s important for us to get to the bottom of scandals within the IRS and the DOJ and hold the appropriate personnel responsible for abusing the public’s trust. Four Americans were killed in Benghazi and dozens more in embassies in recent years. This Administration has a duty to fully comply with investigations into each of these matters and to make sure they never happen again. What’s left of the public’s trust in the federal government is quickly diminishing, and we need to do everything we can to restore confidence in our government.”
The full text of Congressman Barrow’s letter to the President is below:
Dear Mr. President,
I held three town hall meetings this past weekend. As you might expect, the response to the attacks in Benghazi and admissions of mismanagement at the IRS were among the most fervent topics of conversation. When I am home this coming weekend, I expect that the Department of Justice’s subpoena of Associated Press journalists’ phone records will, rightly, be added to the list. These situations are eroding what little confidence many of the people I represent have in their government.
On September 11, 2012, four people died in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, and dozens of people have died at U.S. foreign diplomatic offices over the past several decades. Despite the politics, these are failures worthy of investigation and reason enough for reforms to make sure this never happens again. The people in my district in Georgia and all across the country demand answers, and it’s critical that we understand what happened to prevent further attacks.
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