Rep. Miller Statement on the Executive Branch's Abuse of Power

May 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following statement regarding the Executive Branch’s reported abuse of power:

“In our free society it is vital that the people have confidence that our government is acting in their best interests and being truthful about its activities.  In the last week, revelations about the actions of the Obama Administration have shaken our nation.  Last Thursday, Congress heard whistleblower testimony about the terrorist attack in Benghazi that revealed the Administration had not been truthful about what it knew about that attack.  On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted that it had used its coercive tools in a political manner against conservative groups for the last several years.  And yesterday, it was reported that the Justice Department had seized the telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press (AP) that places a chilling effect on the operation of a free press which is necessary to maintain liberty and which is guaranteed by the First Amendment of our Constitution. 

“Fortunately, our Constitution provides for a separation of powers giving Congress the ability to investigate the activities of the Executive Branch and hold those who may have participated in wrong doing accountable.  There are several ongoing investigations of Benghazi and those will continue until the full truth is uncovered.  The first hearings on the IRS scandal will take place on Friday and will also continue until the true extent of this abuse is made clear and those responsible are held to account.  And Justice Department Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the House Committee on the Judiciary this week where he will be called on the carpet over the AP record seizing scandal. 

“We are a nation of laws and no individual or group is above the law.  Everyone who serves in government takes an oath to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution and that is a responsibility that must be taken seriously.  I am confident that we in the House will do our duty to protect the Constitution and provide the American people with the truth.”