Texas Congressman Steve Stockman thinks White House and IRS phone records should be obtained from the National Security Agency to see if any improper contacts took place.
As long as everyone else’s phone records are subject to the NSA’s so-called dragnet that recently became public, phone calls of those agencies should be fair game according to the lawmaker. Stockman believes this will help get to the bottom of the IRS Tea Party scandal, particularly in terms of possibly identifying who actually ordered the wrongful extra scrutiny of nonprofit applications of politically conservative groups.
As The Inquisitr previously noted, Stockman has a reputation for being rather feisty when it comes to hot-button political issues and has been known to stir things up on Twitter. But whether you consider him fearless or offensive, the strong Second Amendment advocate “sticks to his guns.”
Stockman previously threatened to file articles of impeachment against President Obama if he tried to implement additional gun control regulations via executive order, and he also invited gun-loving rocker Ted Nugent to the State of the Union address.
In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, Stockman requested a subpoena ” ‘of all records of every phone call made from all public and private telephones of all IRS personnel to all public and private telephones of all White House personnel’ collected under the NSA’s recently-revealed PRISM program.”
According to Stockman, “Obama assures the public he only collected this information to uncover wrongdoing and protect civil liberties. Clearly he would want us to use it to investigate this case, because otherwise he’d be lying. If Obama has nothing to hide he has nothing to fear.”
The ongoing probe into the IRS would benefit from access to these phone records, the congressman argued. “This case must be investigated fully, given admitted wrongdoing by the IRS, its potentially criminal implications and revelations the White House has been less than honest about what they knew and when. Obama says the PRISM program is perfectly legal, so there should be no problem whatsoever in providing the information on White House and IRS phone calls.”
Stockman, a freshman Republican lawmaker, represents Texas’ 35th Congressional district in the US House of Representatives. He served one term in Congress in the mid 1990s. In November 2012, he defeated his Democrat opponent by 44 points to return to Washington.
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@ReElectStockman) June 14, 2013
Reminder: While Obama was spying on you and denying he knew his IRS personnel were silencing his critics, unemployment rose again last month
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@ReElectStockman) June 8, 2013