POLITICS
05/18/2013 03:41 pm ET

Bobby Jindal: IRS Officials Deserve Jail Time For Targeting Conservative Groups

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is pushing for punishment for Internal Revenue Service officials that targeted conservative groups in the lead-up to the 2012 election.

Politico and CNN report that in Jindal's prepared remarks for a Saturday speech to Virginia Republicans, he says IRS officials involved in the targeting should "go to jail."

“It is the IRS, people in a position of public trust, who have violated the Constitution of the United States of America. You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom. When you do that, you go to jail,” Jindal’s remarks say according to CNN.

Jindal's not the only Republican expressing anger over the IRS scandal, which President Barack Obama called "outrageous." Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said "a special counsel should be appointed" to investigate the incident, putting some of the blame on Obama.

"The IRS reports to the Treasury Department, that reports to the president. The buck stops at the president's desk," Romney said.

Other Republicans are hoping anger over the scandal will hurt Obama's health care law, according to the AP.

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