Transcript: Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks on the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups by the IRS

Partial transcript of Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks on allegations that the IRS inappropriately targeted conservative groups at a press conference on May 14, 2013:

On the IRS controversy, is there any concern that criminal laws have been broken and, if so, have you ordered an investigation?

Attorney General Eric Holder:
I have ordered an investigation to be begun. The FBI is coordinating with the Justice Department to see if any laws were broken in connection with those matters related to the IRS. Those were, I think as everyone can agree, if not criminal, they were certainly outrageous and unacceptable but we are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations.

On the IRS and the AP situation, a lot of Americans think they don’t trust the administration right now. What can you say to them…?

Attorney General Eric Holder:
Well, to the extent that we have determined that actors in government have gone beyond what they were supposed to do – broken regulations, broken rules, broken the law – we have prosecuted people. We have held people accountable. We have tried to do things according to the rules. There are going to be people occasionally who will not do so. It is then incumbent upon us who have enforcement responsibilities to make sure we hold those people accountable and I think our record shows over the last 4.5 years we have been – we’ve done that.

On the IRS matter, what statutes potentially may have been violated?

Attorney General Eric Holder:
We’ll have to get you that. There are a variety of statutes within the IRS code that I’m not familiar with or I have the ability to give you the numbers to but that we have looked at. In addition, there are things in Title 18 that we will be looking at as well.



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