Ted Cruz reams Eric Holder over handling of IRS investigation

You should watch the whole thing, but it gets really good about halfway through at about the 5:30 mark.


No sooner than I posted this I received the statement on this from Sen. Ted Cruz’s office:

Attorney General Holder Says IRS Investigation ‘Doesn’t Warrant’ Special Prosecutor

Denies current investigator has any conflict of interest despite being a major Obama donor

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, repeated questions he asked in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week related to the IRS investigation – specifically whether the naming of a major Obama donor to lead the investigation into IRS’s illegal targeting of conservatives is a conflict of interest.

In an exchange with Sen. Cruz at the 9:41 mark, Attorney General Holder says the IRS investigation does not warrant the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Sen. Cruz asks Attorney General Holder, “I would call upon you to carry out the tradition of independence that attorneys general have honored that office with for centuries and protect the integrity of the Department of Justice, given the political sensitivities, given the fact that individual citizens believe they are being persecuted by the Department of Justice for partisan reasons. It would further Justice and further the integrity of the Department of Justice for you to appoint a special prosecutor with a meaningful degree of independence to investigate and find out what happened, and I would suggest that any special prosecutor should have integrity beyond reproach, and not be a major Obama donor.”

General Holder responded, “I don’t think that there is a basis for us to conclude on the information as it presently exists that there is any reason for the appointment of the independent counsel…The notion that somehow this has caused a loss of faith in this Justice Department is inconsistent with the facts.”

Additionally, earlier in the hearing, at the 5:10 mark, Attorney General Holder denied he had any reason to believe the IRS investigation is conflicted, saying, “I don’t have any basis to believe that the people who engaged in this investigation are doing so in a way other than investigations are normally done. That is by looking at the facts, applying the law to those facts, and reaching the appropriate conclusion. I don’t have any basis to believe anything other than that is occurring.”

Sen. Cruz responded, “I would say a lot of American citizens have a basis to believe it, given 282 days have passed and no on has been indicted, 280 days have passed and many, if not all, of the victims have not even been interviewed. 280 days have passed and apparently the anger and outrage that both the President and you expressed has utterly disappeared. Indeed, in last night’s State of the Union address the President did not so much as mention the word ‘IRS.’ So the anger and outrage sees very little manifestation in actual action.”

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93 thoughts on “Ted Cruz reams Eric Holder over handling of IRS investigation

  1. I appreciate the verbal confrontation, and the exposure of Holder for the antiAmerican subversive he is, but we need more than words. We need patriots who will stand and fight to marxist democrats.

  2. About all that can be accomplished in this kind of hearing is to list out the facts because we’ll get no satisfaction from anyone in this vile criminal administration. Cruz realizes this is necessary and does an excellent job. I doubt we’ll see any movement from Holder to actually conduct an honest investigation or correct the wrongs, it’s not what he’s there to do but that’s no reason not to push him and get the truth out. Cruz doesn’t give up just because the cards are stacked against us.

  3. It is when I see my senator in these hearings that I am certain Texans made the right choice in electing him to represent the good people of Texas. Ted is no doubt in his element here, and I’m proud he represents me.

    1. I wish he were my Senator. We’re stuck with Blumenthal and Murphy. One tried to lie about his so called service in Viet Nam, and the other is a yes man to everything obama.

  4. “the notion that somehow this has caused a loss of faith in this Justice department is inconsistent with the facts.”

    Un. Believable. This man is a soulless tool of evil. If there wasn’t a BLATANT loss of faith in this (CHOKE) justice department he wouldn’t be sitting there!!!! Regardless, if this administration had any respect for the law in the first place, they wouldn’t have HAD to appoint an investigator in the first place!

    1. And charge holder with a few different criminal charges. He’s already been held in contempt. If a special investigator got into his office and computer, I have no doubt they’d find grounds for conspiracy to commit treason and treason.

  5. Yes, Sen. Cruz. That “anecdotal evidence” you speak of are what they call on CSI “clues”. I don’t expect Holder’s Just Us Dept. to be doing any real investigating, though. They just need to hang on until the economy collapses and consolidate power.

  6. If you think that we would ever use the power of the IRS to attack our enemies you are wrong and if you continue to ask questions about that we will use the power of the IRS to attack you.

    1. In the words of Dr. Jack Wheeler, who used to work for Ronald Reagan, Holder is a “Two-bit jive-ass racist punk.” I hope the guy meets a horrible end to his life, along with Zero.

  7. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Louie Gomert, Pete Sessions, Justin Amash, Trey Gowdy, Jim DeMint and Michael Burgess are about the only Members of Congress who are willing to buck the system and stand up for the People. Boehner, McConnell, Graham, McCain and the other RINOs are nothing but Democrats lite and attack the Tea Party along with Obama and Reid. The Republicans better wise up, if they don’t get some balls and move right, the party is doomed. The Conservative Tea Party is the GOP’s only chance at not disappearing. If they pass amnesty and side with Reid screwing the Conservatives its over for the Republicans and the Nation. Boehner and the gang will be right up there with Obama if they allow 30 million illegal Mexicans to enter our Country. We can watch for terrorists attacks to increase dramatically soon, now that Holder and Obama have removed Religious affiliation from being used to track terrorists. Unbelievable the danger these two fools are putting us in. We must remove them immediately, our lives depend on it.

  8. So, the statute ended for appointing Special Prosecutors and you changed the regulations when you worked under President Clinton? It’s obvious you are not interested in advancing the cause of justice, Mr. Holder.

    If you were outraged about the abuse of the IRS, you would have personally seen to it that the people in your department appointed to investigate the matter did not have an obvious conflict of interest such as the woman Cruz speaks of. Instead, you say you have no knowledge of any of their political doings. For shame!

    Is not the purpose of the hearing that the Senate are supposed to conduct oversight of this matter? And yet, Mr. Holder, you refuse to answer pertinent questions you ought to answer, that would not compromise the investigation (if indeed your department is even conducting any investigation) for you to answer. Shame on you, Mr. Holder.

    This administration is utterly corrupt.

  9. Other than Cruz and Lee the other GOP Senators seem useless. They might as well stay in the cloak room. Holder just brazens his way along because he know he can. Simple as that. The very definition of conflict of interest defines this situation. It is a classic legal text book example! The GOP is so emasculated it is embarassing.

  10. I am curious, but do any of the other Republican’s on this committee do any hard questioning of Holder or do they just sit there and glare at Cruz? Do they even care? Does anyone know? Is Cruz the only one attempting to protect to us?

    1. Cruz is doing his best with some help from Senator Lee and perhaps a couple others. If we’re looking for the likes of McCain, Graham, Collins, Flake etc to do anything other than glare at Cruz we’re chasing a fools errand.

      1. I know Lee and Sessions are good guys but are they on the committee overseeing Holder and do they ever question him agressively, too? I asked because I never see it reported anywhere. I don’t have cable TV or CSPAN and rarely watch TV news. I get most of my info from credible internet sources such as this one. I am glad though that Ted is getting good publicity. I guess he is just better at attracting cameras and reporters than Mike and Jeff. And yes, I saw Mike’s SOTU response. The content was good but a little stiff rhetorically. I also see Trey Gowdy once in a while who has a bit of Ted’s gift with words. I guess Republicans that can talk compellingly and persuasively in public are just a rare thing. To our detriment too I think.

  11. It’s just another coverup that the media won’t pursue, and will quietly go away. Holder and Obama are vile human beings

  12. He doesn’t give a shit. All the more reason, Holder, if you wrote the law, that you should correct the problem!

  13. Obama, Eric Holder, and Harry Reid are a perfect storm of dictatorial corruption – they protect each other!!!

  14. “… and if you keep hounding me about this crap I’m gonna have my boss, DuhOne, make you stop!”

    Holder is just about to get together with Obama again, like the did with Fast & Furious, and have him execute “executive privilege”.

  15. This is a lawless regime whose agenda is to destroy what has made this country great. History will not treat them kindly.

    1. Actual history that is, rather than the revisionist kind that is likely to be written in the Godless public indoctrination centers’ history books.

  16. Holder and this regime have no intention of following through on anything, they know what went down, we know what went down, we both know each other knows we know! This is acceptable, a way to a means, why would they punish those that enable them? Sure if things get real bad they’ll through someone under the bus. Of course that individual will land a better gig and better pay, hardly justice or punishment!

    The left know the right isn’t going to do anything, therefore the left knows its free to do what ever they want, they have, they do, and they will…

    I really hope things change in the not so distant future. I hope these leftist that are running lawless are held accountable for their actions by future administrations. I doubt it though. If they continue to go unchecked there won’t be any future administrations worth a spit anyhow…

    How many times do we have to get wet before we figure it out it’s raining?

  17. I watched the entire thing.
    I was once again impressed with Cruz.
    It ended with Holder replying with a giant FU to Cruz…….so I look forward to Cruz’ next move.

  18. Holder: “The notion that somehow this has caused a loss of faith in this Justice Department is inconsistent with the facts.”

    Let me tell you some facts, holder – that statement might actually be true, because I lost “faith” in the DOJ YEARS ago.

    BTW – “faith”?That’s a religious word! I’m offended! I have a Constitutional right to be free from any slightest reference to religion! Separation of church and state! Impeach holder, the religious fanatic!

    Everybody chant with me now:
    Im PEACH HOL der! Im PEACH HOL der! Im PEACH HOL der!

    Or just stuff him in the nearest trash can and airmail him to Iran.

  19. Why would any of the Obumanation ilk fear breaking any Law knowing full well that Holder, being the chief Law enforcer, has their back?

  20. We’ve gotta get a nickname for Cruz.

    This guy does not stop hammering the Obama admin. And he’s always on target. I’ve always loved that time Cruz pushed Feinstein’s buttons.

  21. This is BS and Holder can be FORCED to speak and the only person that is keeping that from happening is Obama

    1. boehner and a host of other gutless rinocrats are keeping it from happening. It takes a stiff backbone to make a hardcore criminal talk.

  22. It’s like satan himself is the DOJ of the United States. I would hope the good Senator doesn’t really think eric holder gives a rats hairy rear end that the IRS is out of control and is totally ideological.

    1. I agree. As usual, Cruz was rioght on target, but he asked questions instead of making statements of fact. dems / libs / socialists will always have an answer, so it’s not a good idea to give them the chance to lie. They just lie, look impatient, and say, “I’ve already answered that. Could we move on, please?”

  23. Eric Holder needs to be arrested and charged with treason espionage and murder…He should be placed at GITMO with the rest his Terrorist friends..

  24. All too often, this regime and blatant criminals like Holder or chuckleheads like Carney rely on the: “No I didn’t” defense. They simply deny the truth and act like they are innocent and free from guilt – when in fact, often, their faces reveal their bold-faced lie and their hands are dripping with blood (see Shrillary on Benghazi for an example). So, when these clowns deny the obvious, even though they are caught red-handed, it often reminds me of this skit:


    1. That is humorous, but John Cleese can make you want to smack him faster than anyone I know.

      Except for a Paypal representative I argued with six months ago, and all he could do was apply Cleese’s technique. Not even original. That punk actually succeeded in making me lose my temper. In the middle of the workday I suddenly found myself red in the face and shouting into the phone. It took me almost a half hour to stop glaring at any passerby. Maddening. I don’t even know what state the punk lives in.

      Wish I did ….

        1. Yep. Usually I manage with no more than a little sarcasm, but that fellow was a contender for Nobel Prize for PITA.

          1. good anger can be good for a man it gives him clear vision with the confidence that so many others around him lack, yet lacking they need it so badly to build up their on confidence, strength and their courage.
            lawngren you get angry anytime you need its like the breath freedoms fresh air after a day of living so close to tyranny.

            1. Thank you.

              I agree that anger is sometimes necessary. Like when dealing with a rogue regime. Just a minute ago I was reading a forward from a friend about the Ukraine’s attempt to oust a leader who aligns with putin. Anger is what it will take to carry them to their goal. The same is true for Americans, I think.

              Bullies and tyrants do not respond to reason.

              1. You got it, tyrants are never reasonable, that’s why they are called tyrants and also why the price paid to remove them from power is blood and many innocent lives.
                Americans are facing a new 1776 but most are still living far from that reality. But when the anger hits high pitch they will hear and they will respond.

                1. I’m sure a lot of you are probably thinking this too, but I’m amazed that no one has killed obama or holder yet for all they have done to try to take down America.

                2. Dear Anna,
                  That would not be the way to handle Obama or Holder. Miscreant skunks don’t make for good martyrs.
                  We still have many legal ways to deal with these miscreants including SCOTUS oath breaker John Roberts, we just have to keep the fire to their feet and let the system work, even though justice is very slow, abused and obstructed in many ways in the end they will have to pay the piper for there crimes. Remembering always when it’s over our victory will be even sweeter.

                  Here is a little good news, please share this with others. http://freedomwatchusa.org/nsa-judge-leon-to-hold-hearing-on-february-3

      1. Sorry man, but that made me laugh. I’ve been there and it REALLY sucks… but I apologize for bringing up an unpleasant memory. My sincere apologies.

        1. No apology needed. I should have been more precise in my comment. I watch John Cleese every now and then – don’t ask me why – maybe the relief that it’s happening to someone else. Kind of a love/hate thing, maybe. I used to watch Fawlty Towers and split my sides over that.

          The memory jog wasn’t too painful. At least I got the chance to shout at the sorry bobo, and I hung up on him at full volume. That’s about the best we can do in those situations, I think.

      2. No kidding, a CS rep at Rand McNally started throwing accusations at me when I complained (again, after warranty service) about my malfunctioning GPS unit. Next time I’ll get a Garmin.

        1. One of my brothers is an OTR trucker, and he was complaining a month ago about his Rand McNally GPS being wrong. His partner (team driving) had to use his smart phone to locate them.

          1. They all use the NavTEQ software which will show a speed limit change out in the country within a foot of accuracy and then tell you that you have arrived at your destination a block away. The RM unit I have freezes up, usually coming up to a critical turn.

            1. That’s good to know, although I doubt I’ll ever want to be more “findable” than my standard cell phone makes me. At some point, even that will be a chink in the armor.

              1. I never thought about it, but they may be able to track you with a GPS unit. Soon all vehicles will have On Star type devices and they’ll be able not only to track us, but disable our cars at will.

  25. You had me at “Ted Cruz REAMS eric holder”! Anything after that is pure icing on the cake!
    I’ll go take a look and listen.

  26. Guess what, Eric. We have no faith in you, your boss, the Supreme Court, the House of Rep, the Senate and any government entity. Pretending you are working for us is way past it’s due date. You are all a bunch of partisan criminals.

  27. I’m liking Cruz more and more. But I’m so frustrated that these hearings never actually bring Obama and his thugs to justice. There’s no accountability for this lawless bunch.

    1. Roger B. Taney’s Supreme Court ruled that measures Lincoln took were unconstitutional . IMHO Taney was correct , Lincoln quipped that he didn’t care , ” let him enforce it ” . The only thing that can decrease the amount of time between Holder delaying an investigation and the judicial process of the Tea Party taking on the IRS in court would be a select committee of the House . People have stated that Obama has some information that would compromise Boehner , I’m in . As Speaker Boehner has an obligation to hold the executive branch accountable and he is not doing so , the question is why ? Obama through Holder wields tremendous power over prosecution , and indeed investigation of the executive branch . Without a Select Committee on any IRS misconduct , Obama is basically saying the same thing to the members of the House that Lincoln said about Taney………” go ahead and enforce it , as long as Holder is A.G. you can’t touch me ” . There is little reason in my mind to trust anything that Holder says , and he is blatantly in defiance of his obligation to uphold the law equally . Why not Mr. Boehner , why can’t Conservatives be afforded equal treatment from our D.O.J. ? What did you do wrong………and can you name one member of the executive that has been held accountable while you fiddle ? Step aside………..

      1. Little correction, It was Andrew Jackson that said it. And please don’t compare a great man like Lincoln to Obama. Try reading with all due respect.

  28. Cruz is the man. Concise and to the point. Just the way I like it! I commented earlier that Holder has nothing to fear because of the press. Its permeated to every level of “journalism”. I just found out that Ted Cruz visited my town a few weeks ago. I had no idea he had come. Why is that? Because my local paper, which services a small town of 13,000 citizens, had the story on page five of a six page newspaper. Most of the stories they run are on how school kids went to the library to color and read Charlotte’s Web or something. Ted Cruz comes to town and its on page five. The head of the Republican party here was livid. The press can be trusted nowhere. I can’t believe I missed ole Ted.

    1. What a shame your local paper did your town a disservice burying what should have been a big deal. Too bad. :0(

  29. The CruzMissile keeps it up. Thank you Sen. Cruz.
    Holder and all of Obama’s administration needs to be removed from office in handcuffs. There is no confidence in any of these traitors.

  30. There can be no integrity granted or upheld on the Department of Justice, the White House, the offices that are held by Obama and his thugs, because none of them have an ounce of Integrity in their bodies. IT is PURE EVIL that runs through their veins. It is about destroying, the ends justifies the means. Satan is so alive and well and working on Planet Earth.

  31. …one day the TRUTH will be known,
    for the silent majority will DEMAND it
    either by prosecution ,
    or by REVOLUTION , Amen.”
    God Bless Sen.Ted Cruz

  32. Thank you, Scoop for posting! This was just way too important to ignore because it displays the arrogance and dismissive character of this administration in particular Obama and Holder. Along with Sibelius, Biden, and Kerry.

  33. Holder sits up there with that little sh** eating grin and full of arrogance. I know why though and its not a secret. He has nothing to fear. He has the backing of his boss and most importantly he doesn’t have to worry about the press. The press will not dig into the IRS crap. Mum is the word.

  34. Holder must be the first to go to prison!

    He’s an arrogant, racist – POS!

    I wish someone would slap that smirk off his face!
    Question – Why can’t Boehner appoint an Independent Counsel ?

  35. Ted Cruz needs some more guys with backbone! Kentucky Ditch Mitch and vote for Matt Bevin.

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