Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


May 14, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to a wave of abuse of power scandals facing the Obama Administration:

"I will also hold myself as president to a new standard of openness .... Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency," President Barack Obama, January 2009.

"The Obama White House has long promised openness and transparency, but reality doesn't match the rhetoric. The Benghazi cover up, the IRS targeting conservative groups for audits and now the seizure of media phone records confirm a pattern of government abuse, distraction and disregard for the rule of law that has reached a new low for this Administration. 

"A look back at his first term reveals that this pattern of deception and abuse of power is nothing new. The Obama Justice Department stonewalled on their gun-running Operation Fast and Furious, which resulted in the death of a US Border Patrol agent. I called for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation at the time and since then, it's only gotten worse. The Obama Justice Department also refused to deport aliens here unlawfully and refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a law of the land.

"His second act is even worse. The President’s refusal to acknowledge his Administration’s attempts to alter the truth surrounding the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead, opting instead to blame it on “a video” - stretches believability.  The shameful abuse of power wherein the IRS targeted citizen organizations of an opposing political view is just as appalling. And now, the revelation that the Justice Department secretly seized Associated Press phone records is at best an egregious overreach and at worst a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

"Each of these incidents is shockingly inexcusable. I renew my call for Eric Holder's resignation. Everyone involved in all of these scandals must be held accountable. President Obama's failure to take responsibility for the actions of his Administration and his willingness to openly misrepresent the facts, calls into question his integrity. Stonewalling and denials do not meet the standard of openness and transparency he promised at the beginning of his presidency. The House will not stop until we shine the light of truth into this shuttered White House."


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