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Paul Ryan Calls IRS Scandal 'Abuse of Power,' Wants Answers
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20 May 2013 01:06 PM EST

-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Paul Ryan (Image Source: Fox News Screenshot)

Wisconsin congressman and former GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan condemned President Barack Obama’s White House yesterday, calling the recent news of the IRS targeting conservative groups “arrogance of power, abuse of power, to the nth degree.”

“Look people have no trust that their government is being impartial,” the Republican told Fox News Sunday. “This is arrogance of power, abuse of power, to the nth degree, and we’re going to get to the bottom of this.”

The prominent conservative budget expert whom many believe is positioning himself for a run to the Oval Office in 2016 claimed that the scandal shows “credible evidence that donors were targeted, that the IRS leaked private information to the public, which served political purposes.”

“So there’s so much more that we have just uncovered that we do not know the root causes of. And so to suggest that this is some bureaucratic snafu, that's been disproven, Chris,” Ryan continued. “The other point I’d say, as bad as this is, the person in charge of this bureaucratic snafu has now been put in charge of Obamacare.”

“This is arrogance,” he said. “This is big government cronyism. And this is not what hard-working taxpayers deserve. People deserve a government they can trust, that’s honest, that’s impartial, equality before the law, and that is not what we’re getting here. And so to try to suggest that this is just bureaucratic snafus, we already know that’s not true.”

“Now we’re seeing big government in practice,” he said of Obama’s second term. “Now we’re seeing the arrogance, the cronyism in practice in this second term. And that is even uglier than big government in theory.”

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