Freshman Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., said the recent wave of scandals involving the Executive Branch does not give Americans confidence in their government, and he is determined to hold officials accountable.
Perry reminded viewers today on Power Play with Chris Stirewalt on FoxNews.com that President Obama has used Harry Truman's famous "The buck stops here" in the past to hold himself accountable. Perry does not think the president has followed through with that declaration. "Benghazi, the IRS, the Justice Department, EPA, Kathleen Sebelius, the buck does not stop anywhere. There is nobody responsible; nobody held accountable. They apologize and then just walk away," said Perry.
Perry questioned the notion that the recent allegations into Internal Revenue Service (IRS) civil servants in Cincinnati targeting Tea Party groups was somehow bipartisan in nature or deserved the scrutiny. "If so, why weren't the unions targeted?" asked Perry. He added, "This was an instrument of government used to target individual citizens and groups based on their political beliefs. That is not something that flies in America...that is something from a third world country."
When asked what will come next after a wave of congressional hearings into the IRS scandal, Perry said, "At some point, someone has to be responsible." Perry indicated he will not be satisfied until someone is identified, adding that private citizens are routinely pursued by the law when they are involved in misdemeanors. "If crimes were committed here, American citizens are going to demand more than just an apology," said Perry.
When asked about today's breaking news that Obama administration officials used fake emails to conduct official government business, Perry had some harsh words to say about those allegation as well. "Why else would you have secret email accounts except to thwart FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests? American citizens have a right to know what their government officials are doing."
Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews