State politicians are condemning allegations that agents at the Internal Revenue Service targeted specific groups based on their political views.
In a statement released by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Monday, he called the IRS actions unacceptable and un-American.
“Government agencies using their bureaucratic muscle to target Americans for their political beliefs cannot be tolerated,” said Manchin. “The President must immediately condemn this attack on our values, find those individuals in his Administration who are responsible and fire them.”
Manchin added that a congressional investigation should be conducted into why this sort of behavior was allowed in order to prevent it from happening again in the future.
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito released her own statement on the matter as well referring to the IRS actions as a witch hunt. She calls the incident not only un-American, but also appalling.
“The agency’s admission that they targeted groups for political reasons should put every American on edge,” said Capito. “Our First Amendment rights are a foundational principle of American democracy, and this gross violation deserves to be fully investigated. Regardless of political affiliation, no American should be targeted for excising their constitutional rights.”
In her statement, Capito called on her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get to the bottom of this and as well as call on the President to denounce these actions.