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  • Letter: Holder Aide Accidentally Calls Issa Staff for Help Spinning IRS Scandal

    09/09/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 182 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder. The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes...
  • Federal Court Ruling Cracks IRS Stonewall

    07/23/2014 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Judge Susan Dlott may not be a household name among conservatives; but the federal judge’s decision last week allowing a lawsuit against the IRS to move forward might make her one. By rejecting the demand from federal government attorneys that the case be dismissed, thereby allowing some of the charges to continue to trial, Dlott has struck a meaningful blow in support of those of us in America still committed to the pursuit of the truth and the rule of law. Her ruling is by no means a slam-dunk for the Tea Party groups involved in the lawsuit; but it...
  • Issa to IRS Commissioner: Want to Revise Your Testimony?

    07/02/2014 11:26:32 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 15 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 7-2-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Issa to IRS Commissioner: Want to Revise Your Testimony? Sharyl Attkisson Today, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking if he wants to amend his earlier testimony about Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified on June 23 that Lerner, a former IRS official at the center of the controversy over the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups, followed terms of the Federal Records Act in her handling of public records and materials. When asked about emails that have been reported as lost when Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011, Koskinen stated, “The responsibility is,...
  • Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records (Lois Lerner)

    06/25/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 143 replies
    cnn ^ | 6/25 | desjardins
    Washington (CNN) - Expanding his IRS investigation by more than two decades, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, has sent a subpoena to the Federal Elections Commission for all communications involving former IRS administrator Lois Lerner from January 1, 1986 to the present day. This new search is the broadest-yet for records in a year-long investigation by Issa and congressional Republicans, who are trying to assess why the agency targeted tea party and other political groups for extra scrutiny.
  • IRS head says no laws broken in loss of emails

    06/24/2014 6:51:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 23 2014 | Washington Examiner
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress aren't buying the contention by the head of the Internal Revenue Service that he has seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the targeting of tea party and other political groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. On Tuesday, a House panel will hear from a White House official who once worked at the IRS. Jennifer O'Connor worked at the IRS from May to November 2013, helping the agency gather documents related to the congressional investigations, said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the...
  • Koskinen to Issa: ‘I Never Said I Would Provide You Emails We Didn’t Have’ (IRS arrogance)

    06/24/2014 3:24:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 24, 2014 - 5:23 AM | Susan Jones
    “I said I would provide all the emails. We are providing all the emails. The fact that three years ago, some of them—not all of them, but some of them—were not available, I never said I would provide you emails we didn’t have,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Monday evening hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Frustrated Republicans and apologetic Democrats questioned Koskinen about Lois Lerner’s vanished emails for several hours, beginning with Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who asked Koskinen if he knew those critical emails were missing when he testified before Issa’s committee on...
  • Feds Prosecuting Tree-Trimmer for Unintentionally Bruising Herons

    05/29/2014 7:25:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 5-29-14 | Bridget Johnson
    The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is questioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the agency’s decision to prosecute a tree-trimmer who accidentally knocked herons out of a tree. Ernest Pulido is expected to face charges from the U.S. Attorney’s Office within a week for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He could face a maximum fine of $15,000 and six months in jail. Pulido was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to prune trees May 3 outside an Oakland, Calif., branch, where postal officials were upset with birds pooping on mail trucks. One branch...
  • Did Darrell Issa Just Sabotage the New Benghazi Committee? [Useful idiot alert!]

    05/25/2014 6:11:37 AM PDT · by don-o · 58 replies
    New Republic ^ | May 22, 2014 | Brian Beutler
    Either Darrell Issa is so miffed at Republican leaders for yanking the Benghazi investigation out from under him that he's intentionally undermining the new House Select Committee, or he just vindicated those who believe he wasn't up to the task. Either way he just blew a hole in one big piece of the conspiracy theory.
  • Issa: White House warned YouTube over anti-Islam video during Benghazi attack (VIDEO)

    05/23/2014 11:53:46 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 May 2014 | Fox News
    Republican Rep. Darrell Issa claimed that an email he’s reviewed shows the White House decided to reach out to YouTube within hours of the Benghazi terror attack, to warn the website about the consequences of posting an anti-Islam video. The email would suggest the White House was connecting the attack to the video almost from the outset -- though their initial claim that the attack sprung out of protests over the film would later be proven false. According to Issa, who discussed excerpts from the otherwise classified emails on Wednesday, the email was sent at 9:11 p.m. ET on Sept....
  • Issa condemns Donnelly comments on Islamic law

    05/08/2014 3:12:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2014 5:56 PM EDT | Juliet Williams
    Republican Congressman Darrell Issa on Thursday strongly condemned comments by GOP gubernatorial front-runner Tim Donnelly, in which the state lawmaker has tried to tie his Indian-American rival to fundamentalist Islamic law, calling his statements “hateful and ignorant garbage.” Donnelly, a state assemblyman who is popular with the tea party, has repeatedly said this week that Neel Kashkari supported Shariah banking code when he was a senior official at the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008. On Facebook, Donnelly posted a link to a banking seminar hosted by the department during which Kashkari, a Hindu, delivered opening remarks. “As far as I’m...
  • Darrell Issa threatens EPA official with contempt

    05/07/2014 11:18:25 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 7 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    House Republicans have run out of patience with President Obama's administration, Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Wednesday. Issa, who has been investigating employee misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency, demanded that deputy administrator Bob Perciasepe produce documents within one month.
  • IRS, Benghazi, EPA, Affordable Care Act, Economy & Pork All Under Spotlight on Capitol Hill Today

    05/07/2014 1:24:08 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    fox ^ | May 07, 2014 | Clint Henderson
    Several hearings we're keeping a close eye on today on Capitol HIll. There are two hearings on health care and the Affordable Care Act. One in the Senate, one in the House. We're expecting new data on enrollments today including who has paid after signing up. Insurance companies will reportedly testify that 80-85% of those who signed up have made their initial insurance payments. We're also awaiting a contempt vote for Lois Lerner. She is the IRS official accused of helping politically target certain political groups. There's a hearing on the IRS today where it could come up. Mike Emanuel...
  • ISSA SUBPOENAS KERRY TO TESTIFY ON BENGHAZI

    05/02/2014 7:41:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | May 2 ,2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is issuing a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before the committee May 21 about Benghazi, Issa announced Friday. The move comes in the wake of new, "smoking gun" emails that show top White House officials working to craft a narrative that the attack was the result of a YouTube video and "not a broader failure of policy." Republicans have expressed outrage that the documents were not provided earlier under subpoenas for them, but instead came out via a Freedom Of Information Request lawsuit by the conservative non-profit group Judicial Watch....
  • ISSA SUBPOENAS KERRY TO TESTIFY ON BENGHAZI

    05/02/2014 7:54:12 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is issuing a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before the committee May 21 about Benghazi, Issa announced Friday. The move comes in the wake of new, "smoking gun" emails that show top White House officials working to craft a narrative that the attack was the result of a YouTube video and "not a broader failure of policy." Republicans have expressed outrage that the documents were not provided earlier under subpoenas for them, but instead came out via a Freedom Of Information Request lawsuit by the conservative non-profit group Judicial Watch....
  • MSNBC Host Calls Cover Oregon Failure ‘Biggest Obamacare Train Wreck In The Entire Country’

    04/26/2014 6:52:20 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 25, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called the now defunct Cover Oregon website the “biggest Obamacare train wreck in the entire country” Friday on MSNBC. “Today the state gave up and called for help on what has to be the biggest Obamacare train wreck in the entire country,” he said. “Oregon became the first state to dump its own troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead. Oregon spent $248 million of $305 million in federal grant, including $3 million on this cool ad campaign.”
  • Issa Demands Answers from Holder on DOJ's Role in IRS Scandal, Networks Do Nothing

    04/24/2014 12:12:01 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 61 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 24, 2014 | Geoffrey Dickens
    On Wednesday Darrell Issa demanded Attorney General Eric Holder answer new questions about the Justice Department’s role in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. In a letter sent to Holder, Issa sought answers about a newly released email between former IRS official Lois Lerner and DOJ official Richard Pilger in which Pilger asks Lerner “When you have a moment, will you call me? I’ve been asked to run something by you” and requests who at the IRS “DOJ folks could talk to” about ways to target politically involved non-profit groups. So far none of the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC)...
  • CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUS

    04/18/2014 8:32:48 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-18-2014 | M. Stanton Evans
    April 18, 2014 CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUSM.Stanton Evans Five plus decades after he left the national scene, Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis) remains the target of inaccurate charges by leftward elements in Congress and the press corps.The latest example in this vein is the uproar over IRS official Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), concerning hostile treatment of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions,. Having proclaimed her innocence of wrongdoing, Lerner then refused to discuss specifics, pleading possible self-incrimination. This led Issa and his GOP...
  • True the Vote president calls Cummings damning emails ‘the tip of a very ugly iceberg’

    04/12/2014 8:04:39 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | 4-12-2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    April 12, 2014 True the Vote president calls Cummings damning emails ‘the tip of a very ugly iceberg’ by Michael Dorstewitz The explosive discovery by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that its ranking Democratic member coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote came as no surprise to its founder and president. She called it “the tip of a very ugly iceberg.”Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the committee’s chairman, released emails earlier this week strongly suggesting that Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was in direct communication with disgraced IRS supervisor Lois Lerner in an effort to target True the...
  • Rep. Issa Reveals Emails Between Rep. Cummings' Staff and Targets of IRS Investigation

    04/09/2014 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 9, 2014 | by John Sexton
    The heat in the IRS investigation just went up. Rep. Darrell Issa, head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter today to ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings in which he accuses Cummings of working to "obstruct the investigation" into IRS misbehavior. The bulk of Rep. Issa's letter is devoted to some recently uncovered emails which demonstrate that Rep. Cummings was seeking information on True the Vote, the voter integrity group based in Texas which became the target of much unwanted government attention. Cummings' staff contacted the IRS in August 2012 to inform them that they...
  • House panel votes to hold ex-IRS official Lerner in contempt of Congress

    04/10/2014 10:34:36 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2014 | FOX News/AP
    A House committee voted Thursday to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, as Republicans escalated their bid to "get to the bottom" of the former IRS official's role in the political targeting scandal. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt. The party-line vote followed hours of heated debate on the committee. The contempt measure heads next to the House floor. House Speaker John Boehner predicted earlier this week that unless Lerner agrees to cooperate, the full House will support contempt -- from there, the case would likely head to the courts. "This...
  • Darrell Issa says emails suggest Elijah Cummings prompted IRS targeting of True the Vote

    04/09/2014 4:07:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/9/2014 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    This story was published at 4:33 p.m. and has been updated with a response from Rep. Cummings.House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the panel's top Democrat of prompting the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to target a conservative organization applying for non-profit status. Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official whom Issa's panel is poised...
  • True the Vote President: Cummings Emails 'Tip of an Ugly Iceberg'

    04/11/2014 5:29:37 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 11 Apr 2014
    The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee actively conspired to inappropriately target and silence tea party-affiliated groups, says Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote. House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa released emails this week that suggest Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, prompted the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the conservative organization as it was applying for nonprofit status, according to The Washington Examiner. Engelbrecht told John Bachman and J.D. Hayward of "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that these emails will undermine claims by Cummings and the IRS that no conservative groups were targeted for political reasons. "I'm thrilled to...
  • Krauthammer Tells Fox Benghazi Is ‘Done’: ‘The Administration Has Won’

    04/10/2014 10:23:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/10/14 | Evan McMurry
    Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer told Special Report with Bret Baier Wednesday night that the window had passed on prosecuting the Obama administration Benghazi, and that the GOP’s disorganzed approach to congressional hearings had let Benghazi as an issue “slip away.” “Politically speaking the administration has won,” Krauthammer said. “They ran out the clock. If we had had a select committee from the beginning, really had coherent hearings — unlike what we’ve had, which were disjointed hearings, that let all things sort of slip away —we really would have been somewhere. We would have gotten to the bottom of this. But...
  • Lois Lerner Should Go To Jail

    04/08/2014 4:43:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Corruption: A House panel votes this week to formally ask the DOJ to pursue criminal charges against former IRS employee Lois Lerner. It is time someone in this administration were held accountable for something. A staff report by House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa reveals testimony by IRS agents that the IRS has not deliberately targeted progressive groups. Now comes word that the House Ways and Means Committee is sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder accusing former IRS director of tax-exempt organizations Lois Lerner of committing at least three crimes in the IRS's targeting tea party and other...
  • A House could fall on Lerner

    04/06/2014 1:57:59 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette ^ | 3-31-2014 | Glenn Farber - OP/ED
    March 31, 2014 A House could fall on LernerGlenn Farber Look out for that House! For all we know, Lois Lerner could be roused out of bed one morning this week or next by a congressional complaint charging her with contempt for having refused repeatedly to testify at two House hearings regarding the IRS targeting of certain nonprofit advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions. Lerner, who headed the IRS division that reviews tax-exemption applications, has repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right instead of testifying about the agency, and she, her former lawyers, and her...
  • The IRS Digs in its Heels [will take "YEARS" to disclose scandal documents]

    04/01/2014 6:31:07 AM PDT · by Moseley · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    It could take years for Congressional committees to get all the documents demanded about the IRS scandal under mandatory subpoenas, IRS’ new Commissioner John Koskinen testified. The new IRS Commissioner displayed the slippery style of a snake-oil salesman while testifying March 26 before Congressman Darrell Issa’s Committee on Oversight and Government. Koskinen’s excuses were especially surprising because similar demands for documents are imposed upon private companies all the time by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Your author has worked as a lawyer on teams responding to such massive governmental document requests. Any time there is...
  • After Year of Stonewalling, Issa Subpoena's ATF Over Sketchy and Reckless Storefront Tactics

    03/20/2014 1:49:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Over the past two years, investigations conducted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel have uncovered a whole slew of shady tactics being used in operations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. During their research, The Journal reporters found ATF agents prey on mentally ill teenagers (including ATF agents pressuring at least one young man to get a squid tattooed on his neck) to "help" with gun stings and found agents lost a fully automatic rifle on the streets of Milwaukee after it was stolen out of an unsupervised government vehicle. Careless actions from agents also resulted in thousands of...
  • Issa pens scathing letter to Cummings as IRS feud escalates

    03/14/2014 6:16:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-14-2014 | Chad Pergram
    March 14, 2014 Issa pens scathing letter to Cummings as IRS feud escalates Chad Pergram Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has penned a personal, scathing letter to his Democratic counterpart on the House oversight committee, escalating the public feud between the two high-ranking lawmakers amid the committee's investigation into IRS targeting. The letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on that committee, was obtained by Fox News. In it, Issa countered, point by point, a series of claims that Cummings and two legal experts made earlier this week about whether former IRS official Lois Lerner could be held in contempt...
  • Cummings says Issa killed chances for Lois Lerner contempt proceedings

    03/13/2014 12:25:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2014 | BY JOSH HICKS
    --SNIP-- The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that Republicans have already botched any plans they might have for contempt actions against Lerner, who headed an IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Cummings, citing opinions from two legal experts and “Supreme Court case law,” said Republicans cannot pursue contempt charges against Lerner because of how the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, abruptly adjourned a hearing with the former official last week. The letter said Issa “failed to take the basic — but Constitutionally required — steps necessary to hold...
  • Issa Rips CIA Over Feinstein Spying Allegations: 'Treason'

    03/12/2014 5:13:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/12/14 | Kerry Picket
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is incensed about allegations the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling it “treason.” “I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level—virtually treason,” Issa told Breitbart News on Tuesday. “Spying on the executive branch—spying on Congress or violating the separation of powers as to the Supreme Court or as to Congress is effectively treason. Treason—it’s written up in the Constitution,” Issa said of Feinstein’s revelations, adding, “I...
  • The CIA “Brennan” VS The Senate “Feinstein”…. And Something Odd In The Joust!

    03/12/2014 4:57:05 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 40 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Sundance
    The issue at hand is essentially the CIA covertly monitoring the Senate Intelligence Committee as the Senate investigated the CIA. The problem stems from an obvious oversight issue where the CIA takes illegal action to monitor the Senate as they investigate. However, there’s something more within the behavior of the people involved. Dianne Feinstein is clearly outlining the CIA is violating the law. As a consequence the CIA claim to be following instructions from the Obama administration and the White House. That alone represents a big issue – However, the way CIA Director John Brennan is responding to the charges...
  • Hell Hath No Fury Like A Di-Fi Scorned

    03/12/2014 4:40:44 PM PDT · by Noremac · 22 replies
    Blasted Fools ^ | March 12, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    I totally see what hubby Richard Blum sees in Dianne - access to the ability to receive multi million dollar no-bid contracts for real estate leases to Fed agencies.   One thing you can say about Democrats. Nothing embarrasses them. Well, it would embarrass them if it could be proved they slipped up and did or said something that could be identified as sensible or honest – but they don't have anything to worry about there. Certainly Senator Dianne Feinstein won't be troubled or see the duplicity inherent in her vociferous complaints against the CIA. NBC News' Katie Hunt...
  • House Report: Lois Lerner's Involvement in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations

    03/11/2014 7:49:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Staff Report
    II. Executive Summary In February 2012, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began investigating allegations that the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately scrutinized certain applicants seeking tax-exempt status. Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code permits incorporation of organizations that meet certain criteria and focus on advancing “social welfare” goals.1 With a 501(c)(4) designation, such organizations are not subject to federal income tax. Donations to these organizations are not tax deductible. Consistent with the Constitutionally protected right to free speech, these organizations – commonly referred to as “501(c)(4)s” – may engage in campaign-related activities provided that these activities do not...
  • Democrats Accuse Issa of Racism to Distract from Lois Lerner and IRS Scandal

    03/07/2014 11:33:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, this clash that took place on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with Issa and Elijah Cummings, exactly what I feared and predicted and mentioned at the time has indeed happened. Here is the Washington Post and their headline, and they're just enraged here. This is the Lois Lerner hearing. Lois Lerner was supposed to show up and answer specific questions about why she had, in e-mails, referred to the Tea Party and Tea Party activities in such disparaging and critical ways. The IRS is not supposed to single out groups for punishment. The...
  • Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence (Elijah Cummings deeply saddened)

    03/07/2014 2:40:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-7-2014 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH
    Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence By JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH | 3/7/14 2:00 PM EST Updated: 3/7/14 3:53 PM EST Not even a trove of new evidence will stop Darrell Issa from going after Lois Lerner’s testimony. The House Oversight Committee Chairman is plowing forward with plans to hold the former IRS official in contempt of Congress - possibly as early as next week - despite word from the tax agency that it plans to hand over a broad set of documents spanning Lerner’s entire career at the IRS. Republicans have long sought...
  • Bozell on IRS Scandal: ‘Bigger Than Watergate’

    03/07/2014 12:36:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 7, 2014 | NB Staff
    Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” last night and chastised the networks for skipping the substance of the latest congressional hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. Bozell’s comments came after Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the scandal, once again refused to answer questions during a congressional hearing, instead choosing to use her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Rather than discussing the merits of the latest hearing, all three networks chose instead to play up the verbal confrontation between Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD),...
  • Oversight lawmaker: Holding Lois Lerner in contempt is ‘where we’re moving’ (A House End Run?)

    03/06/2014 7:15:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-6-2014 | Patrick Howley
    March 6, 2014 Oversight lawmaker: Holding Lois Lerner in contempt is ‘where we’re moving’ Patrick Howley The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is moving in the direction of holding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress sooner rather than later, committee member Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller.“I think that’s where we’re moving,” Jordan said. “I think that’s where this is headed.”Jordan added that he feels holding Lerner in contempt is “the right thing to do.”An Oversight Committee staffer confirmed that a contempt charge is being considered.Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment on each question Issa asked...
  • IRS hearing explodes, Republicans inch toward contempt

    03/06/2014 7:22:52 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 35 replies
    POLITICO.COM ^ | 3/5/2014 | Rachael Bade
    Republicans are inching toward a vote to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress after fireworks erupted at a House hearing on the tea party targeting on Wednesday. Lerner, former head of the IRS tax-exempt unit and a lightning rod for Republicans in the nine-month-old scandal, invoked her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer self-incriminating questions at a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing — as she did at a May hearing last year. Across the Capitol campus, Speaker John Boehner threatened to hold her in contempt if she continues to refuse to testify. “I’ll wait...
  • CBC asks that Issa be stripped of gavel

    03/06/2014 11:15:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    VIDEO: 4 minutes - Rep. Marcia Fudge's oral presentation of the privileged resolution on House floor. The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus is calling House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to be stripped of his gavel for his behavior at a contentious IRS hearing on Wednesday. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday that Issa’s conduct in the hearing — which included cutting off the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat — amounted to “an affront to the expectations of the American people.” Fudge also said Issa should apologize on the House...
  • Lois Lerner Pleads The Fifth, Again

    03/06/2014 4:48:47 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 22 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/06/14 | LD Jackson
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Same song, different verse. More of the same. All of these adjective phrases aptly describe what happened in Congress yesterday. Darrell Issa had requested Lois Lerner return to his committee and testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups for political purposes. As it was last year, her answer was the same. She came, she sat, and when she was asked a question, she respectfully declined to answer on the advice of her attorney. She specifically stated she was exercising her Fifth Amendment rights. After a few short minutes, Darrell...
  • Politics: Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings loses his mind after Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth

    03/05/2014 4:44:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Best of Cain ^ | March 5, 2014 | Robert Laurie
    Hissy fit! Moments ago, embattled ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner appeared before Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee. She was supposedly there to answer questions about the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.  You may remember that President Obama has dismissed this entire scandal because he claims there wasn't "even a smidgen of corruption" involved. That's weird, because Lois Lerner promptly invoked her rights under the 5th Amendment and refused to answer any questions. For the record, the 5th Amendment is the one that deals with not offering testimony that might incriminate yourself.  You'd think that would be hard to do if...
  • Panel Seeks New Testimony by Former IRS Official Over Tea-Party Targeting

    02/25/2014 5:37:16 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 25, 2014 | By John D. McKinnon
    A House committee is planning a showdown next week with a former Internal Revenue Service official who declined to answer questions last year about agency targeting of tea-party groups. The former official, Lois Lerner, appeared at a contentious hearing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last May, soon after news broke that the IRS had targeted grassroots conservative groups for special scrutiny as they sought tax-exempt status. At the hearing, Ms. Lerner made an opening statement asserting her innocence of any wrongdoing, then sought to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. She declined to answer questions from committee members...
  • Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase

    02/11/2014 5:55:24 PM PST · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/11/14
    The following Republicans voted Tuesday to raise the government's borrowing limit: John Boehner, R-Ohio. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy,R-Calif. Chief Deputy Whip Pete Roskam, R-Ill. Ken Calvert, R-Calif. Dave Camp, R-Mich. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. Dave Reichert, R-Wash. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. Howard Coble, R-N.C. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. Pete King, R-N.Y. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J. Buck McKeon, R-Calif. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa. Gary Miller, R-Calif. Ed Royce, R-Calif. John Runyan, R-N.J. John Shimkus, R-Ill. Chris Smith, R-N.J. David Valadao, R-Calif. Frank Wolf,...
  • Book: Issa defended Hillary on Benghazi (Dead-End Darrell)

    02/11/2014 7:37:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/14 | Julian Pecquet
    The Republican leading the investigation into the Benghazi terror attack said the “failure” didn't lie with Hillary Clinton and that her “legacy” was “mostly intact” for a 2016 presidential run. The show of support for the former secretary of State by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is among the surprising revelations in the new book “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” by The Hill's Amie Parnes and Politico's Jonathan Allen. Issa made the comments in a December 2012 interview, at a time when Republicans were still focusing their anger on inaccurate administration talking points they claimed...
  • Issa: There Will Be More Than 2.5 Million Jobs Lost Due to ObamaCare By the Next Election

    02/04/2014 7:17:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/4/14 | staff
    Tuesday on the Fox News Channel, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) reacted to the the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) new report that the Affordable Care Act will reduce full-time employment by about 2.5 million jobs by 2024. Issa had an ominous warning that unfortunately more jobs will be lost before Republicans can hopefully take back the Senate in the mid-term elections and fix it...
  • House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan

    01/25/2014 5:55:22 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 121 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/25/14 | ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are expected to release a one-page statement of immigration principles this week at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., according to aides with knowledge of the plan. The document is expected to call for border security and enforcement measures, as well as providing a path to legal status — but not...
  • Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

    01/22/2014 8:07:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    The State ^ | 1/22/14 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS — A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24. Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled "no" and shook his head. As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began taking effect, he took a few breaths and then made one slightly audible snore before all movement stopped. He was pronounced dead...
  • Inside Boehner's Election-Year Immigration Strategy

    01/16/2014 11:07:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | 1/14/14 | Fawn Johnson
    John Boehner is planning to unveil a set of Republican principles for immigration reform before President Obama's State of the Union address, aiming to show the GOP is not hostile to legislation that might win them Hispanic voters. -snip if leadership's principles receive some positive feedback, Goodlatte, Cantor, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., could advance legislation they have discussed for the last several months. As yet, there is no legislative language drafted, however. Cantor and Goodlatte have talked about a path to citizenship for undocumented "dreamers" who came to this country as kids. Even Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., is discussing...
  • Immigration Reform Unlikely To Pass Before 2015, Says Rep. Issa

    01/13/2014 8:15:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 1/7/14 | Gregory Ferenstein
    Hopes for undocumented immigrants stranded in political limbo will have to wait at least another year. In a wide-ranging interview on congress’s next session, Representative Darrell Issa, who drafted the high-skilled version of immigration reform, says there’s too much “animosity” on the issue within the government to find a meaningful compromise before the next election. “Comprehensive immigration reform is hard to do with the best environment between the executive branch between the House and Senate. We don’t have the best opportunity,” he explains. “if we can find a compromise that is bi-partisan on the 11 million [undocumented workers], I think...
  • Darrell Issa Demands Answers from Eric Holder on 'Operation Choke Point' Bank Shakedown

    01/09/2014 6:09:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/9/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the Economic Growth Subcommittee, sent a harsh letter to Attorney General Holder Wednesday accusing the Department of Justice of abusing its power and intimidating banks through its "Operation Choke Point." In the letter, Issa and Jordan stated, "[t]he [House Oversight and Government Reform] Committee is concerned that both the goal and mechanisms of Operation Choke Point may constitute a serious mismanagement and abuse of the Department´s FIRREA [Financial Institution Reform and Recovery Act of 1989] authority." Breitbart News broke the