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  • A misdialed number suggests a criminal conspiracy in the IRS scandal

    09/13/2014 7:33:13 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 9-12-2014 | The Tribune-Review OP/ED
    TribLIVE | Opinion/The Review A misdialed number suggests a criminal conspiracy in the IRS scandal By The Tribune-Review Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, 8:57 p.m. Had Brian Fallon, Attorney General Eric Holder's communications director, just said, “Sorry, wrong number,” and hung up a week ago Friday, his apparent attempt to coordinate a document leak with staff for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, wouldn't be the IRS targeting scandal's latest twist. But Mr. Fallon didn't realize he had actually called staff for the committee's Republican majority before saying he wanted to leak documents...
  • Congress may still vote on military force against ISIS

    09/11/2014 7:18:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/10/2014 | Greg Sargent
    Is Congress really going to allow the president to escalate military action against ISIS without voting on it? There almost certainly won't be any vote before the midterm elections. But there is still another way: members of Congress could try to force a vote on authorization of force after the elections - during the lame duck session. ...
  • 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...
  • Lois Lerner's Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe: IRS lawyer

    08/26/2014 3:57:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 99 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Doug McKelway
    Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012." That date - June 2012 - is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about...
  • Issa subpoenas Obama´s chief of staff

    08/22/2014 4:38:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    the hill ^ | 8/22/14 | Elise Viebeck
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued a subpoena Friday for White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, arguing he has not cooperated with a GOP probe of President Obama's political office. Issa accused McDonough in a letter of failing to accept investigators' "good faith" effort to address concerns about revealing privileged communications between Obama and his staff. "The White House has acknowledged that the dialogue has been constructive and that progress has been made. Unfortunately, these characterizations represent the total sum of what the White House has provided," Issa wrote on Friday. "The White House has not produced...
  • Issa: More Than 20 Obama Officials ‘Lost or Destroyed’ E-mails After House Launched Probes

    08/07/2014 5:36:15 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 30 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7 August, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    The revelation that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilynn Tavenner did not retain her e-mails means that more than 20 witness in the Obama administration to lose or delete e-mails without notifying Congress, according to the top House investigator. “The Obama administration has lost or destroyed e-mails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years, in violation of federal law,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said of Tavenner’s lost e-mails. “It defies logic that so many senior...
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton: 'You don't have a right to know' what's going on at the White House

    07/29/2014 4:20:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-29-2014 | Rick Moran
    Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.'s non voting delegate to Congress, has a novel definition of the separation of powers. Becoming exasperated at House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's insistence that a subpoena to David Simas, director of the administration's Office of Political Strategy, should go forward, Holmes Norton dressed down Issa by claiming the Oversight Committee, which oversees the executive branch, didn't have the right to investigate the White House. Washington Examiner: "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton...
  • Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated)

    07/25/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | Steven Dennis
    Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress. Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of...
  • Examining the Justice Department’s Response to the IRS Targeting Scandal

    07/17/2014 12:01:30 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://oversight.house.gov/ ^ | July 17, 2014 | http://oversight.house.gov/
    Press releases: July 17, 2014 Justice Department Investigating the IRS Commissioner’s Delay in Notifying Justice, Congress about Lerner’s Lost Emails DAG Cole: We are looking into Koskinen’s delay in reporting the revelation that key witness’s evidence was lost In today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice’s response to the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative… http://oversight.house.gov/release/justice-department-investigating-irs-commissioners-delay-notifying-justice-congress-lerners-lost-emails/ Justice Department’s IRS Targeting Investigation Only Learned of Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails After Media Reports Revelation raises questions about the seriousness of DOJ effort, reinforces need for special prosecutor...
  • Issa subpoena storm intensifies

    07/16/2014 11:09:37 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/16/14 | Justin Sink
    The director of the White House's political office defied a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, setting up a new high-profile fight between the White House and House Republicans. Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said administration claims that White House political director David Simas was immune from testimony were “absurd” and “deeply disturbing.” “The American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being used for political activity,” Issa said, adding that Simas's testimony was “critically important” to his investigation into whether the political office had violated the Hatch Act, a law prohibiting executive...
  • Darrell Issa: Voicemail shows illegal fundraising by Obama adminstration

    07/16/2014 9:22:16 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 15 2014 | Susan Crabtree
    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is highlighting a a fundraising phone call former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made to an department employee as evidence that the Obama administration has a history of illegal fundraising activities. During a Wednesday Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Issa played a recording of a voicemail message from March 2012 that he said Solis left on the phone of a Labor Department subordinate asking the person to contribute to Obama's re-election campaign, Organizing for America, at a restaurant that Friday. “Hi, this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off the record here. Wanted to...
  • As Senior White House Advisor Defies Congressional Subpoena, Committee Releases Audio Recording...

    07/16/2014 9:35:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 17 replies
    Committee on Oversight & Goverment Reform ^ | 7/16/14 | Govt Committee??
    "As Senior White House Advisor Defies Congressional Subpoena, Committee Releases Audio Recording of Cabinet Secretary Making Illegal Campaign Solicitation" Then Labor Secretary: “Off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign” As Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, David Simas, in defiance of a congressional subpoena, failed to appear today to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on taxpayer-funded political campaign activity by government officials, the Committee released an audio recording of...
  • David Simas won’t appear before Issa’s panel

    07/16/2014 8:13:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN and LAUREN FRENCH
    David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, will not comply with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s subpoena for him to testify, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a letter Tuesday to panel Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). “The committee’s effort to compel Mr. Simas’s testimony threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy, as well as his ability to obtain candidate advice and counsel to aid him in the discharge of his constitutional duties,” Eggleston wrote.
  • White House to Defy Congressional Subpoena, Prevent Top Political Aide From Testifying at...

    07/15/2014 6:20:13 PM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/15/14 | Oliver Darcy
    "White House to Defy Congressional Subpoena, Prevent Top Political Aide From Testifying at Hearing" WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday. The White House is arguing that Obama adviser David Simas (SEE’-muhs) is immune from subpoena by the House Oversight Committee in its investigation into the political office that he directs.
  • Would You Believe, Another Crashed Hard Drive?

    07/14/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/14/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday made yet another request to the federal government for details about a crashed hard drive that may have contained information allowing criminal charges to be brought against a federal official. Issa’s newest letter concerns the hard drive of April Sands, a former employee at the Federal Election Commission who resigned in the spring after admitting to violations of the Hatch Act. That law puts restrictions on the ability of government officials to conduct political activities while on the job, or from government offices.
  • White House asks Darrell Issa to drop subpoena

    07/14/2014 1:07:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/14/14 | Lauren French
    The White House is asking Rep. Darrell Issa to withdraw a subpoena of a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and is offering instead to a hold a private briefing on activities in the administration’s political affairs office. In a letter sent Monday, White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston offered to brief Issa, a California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on the role of the the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach on Tuesday. That’s one day before the office’s director, David Simas, is under subpoena to testify on potential violations of the Hatch Act.
  • Issa accuses State Department of dodging Benghazi questions in 37-page letter

    07/11/2014 7:24:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Fox News, ^ | 7/11/14 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – Top Republican Rep. Darrell Issa Friday accused the State Department of trying to repeatedly dodge congressional efforts to look into the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman sent a 37-page letter to the newly-created House Select Committee on Benghazi detailing attempts he claimed were made to sidestep providing documents and answering questions about the attack from September 2012 until May 2014. Issa said the State Department promised to cooperate with Congress but failed to actually provide information requested and missed many
  • Another Lois Lerner email was just uncovered, and it’s a BOMBSHELL

    07/09/2014 1:58:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    Young Conservatives.com ^ | 7/9/2014 | Joshua Riddle
    6 days before tax day liberal Christmas in 2013 Lois Lerner was emailing with one of her fellow cronies and warning them to be careful, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails”.
  • Issa: New Koskinen Testimony Will Turn Up Heat On Lois Lerner (VIDEO)

    07/06/2014 10:56:00 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | July 26 2014 | Tim Cavanaugh
    California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa indicated Sunday that upcoming testimony from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen could further incriminate embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner. “Either Lois Lerner’s attorney is outright not telling the truth…or the commissioner was inaccurate in his testimony before Congress,” Issa said on Fox News Sunday. “Now the lawyer, Mr. (William) Taylor, is not under oath. The commissioner is.” Issa, chairman of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform, was referring to statements made by Lerner’s legal team that contradicted claims made by Koskinen during recent House testimony. Lerner, former director of the tax...
  • Goodlatte: Time to end ‘catch-and-release’ for illegals surging border

    07/03/2014 7:09:10 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A top Republican who spent the past two days investigating the border surge of illegal immigrants from Central America said Thursday that most of them are trying to reunite with relatives who are already living illegally in the U.S., and the best way to stop the surge is to speed up the threat of deportations. Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that after speaking with immigration agents who are on the front lines intercepting and processing the families and unaccompanied children, it’s clear illegal immigrants don’t believe there are any consequences for jumping the...
  • 33 Lawmakers Call on Obama to End Deferred Action Program in Wake of Border Crisis

    07/03/2014 8:27:48 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jul 2014 | Caroline May
    More than 30 Republican lawmakers are calling on President Obama to end his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and make a public assertion that new arrivals will not receive legal status. In response to the ongoing flood of unaccompanied immigrant minors illegally crossing the nation’s southern border, 33 Republican congressmen, lead by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), are pressing Obama to roll back policies and perceptions that they say have helped spur the onslaught. "As our country faces an unprecedented surge in the arrival of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) at our southwestern border, we call on you to immediately end...
  • 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,...
  • Issa Battles Candy Crowley ➡ Takes Aim At IRS ➡ VIDEO

    07/01/2014 8:09:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 5 replies
    Barracuda Brigade ^ | July 1, 2014
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa battled this past Sunday with Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union over the ex-IRS official’s lost emails. The IRS has informed congressional investigators probing the tea party targeting that Lois Lerner's emails from 2009 through mid-2011 were lost when her hard drive crashed. Coincidentally, the time period encompasses the first year IRS agents in Cincinnati began pulling tea party applicants for a closer look.
  • Issa Calls for Special Prosecutor in IRS Case; Suggests Immunity for Lerner

    06/26/2014 11:13:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jun 2014
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) demanded a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups and the disappearance of emails from key officials. Issa declared that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is “not the ideal person, not even an appropriate person” to oversee the investigation into the IRS’ conducts, and that this case calls for a true, special, independent prosecutor who has the ability to issue warrants, to seize materials, to safeguard documents and other information before it goes away and get to the truth.” He added that a special prosecutor will almost certainly...
  • Issa Expands Investigation – Subpoenas 28 Years of Lois Lerner Emails

    06/25/2014 5:57:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/25/14 | Jim Hoft
    Lois Lerner, the controversial director of the tax-exempt organizations division at the Internal Revenue Service, has a long sordid history of targeting conservatives. Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. Eventually, she lost her case. At one point Lerner even asked a targeted conservative if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Sound familiar?)
  • Koskinen to Issa: 'I Never Said I Would Provide You Emails We Didn't Have'

    06/24/2014 11:13:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 6/24/14 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - "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...
  • Issa subpoenas White House attorney to testify over missing IRS emails

    06/24/2014 3:49:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has subpoenaed an attorney in the White House counsel's office, who used to serve as counselor to the head of the IRS, to testify about the missing emails of former agency official Lois Lerner. The committee sent a letter on June 19 asking for Jennifer O'Connor to appear at a Tuesday hearing about the missing emails, as a part of its investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups. [....] However, O’Connor’s boss, White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston, responded by telling the committee O’Connor’s testimony was not necessary.
  • Oversight Subpoenas White House Attorney for Tuesday Testimony on Lerner Emails

    06/23/2014 3:37:30 PM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    House Oversight ^ | June 23, 2014 | Darrel Issa
    Committee announces subpoena after White House Counsel’s office declines to make attorney who supervised IRS’s response to congressional inquiry available for testimony House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today issued a subpoena to Ms. Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office for testimony on Tuesday, following Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen’s testimony this evening at 7 pm. The subpoena follows a letter from White House Counsel Neil Eggleston declining to make Ms. O’Connor available on a voluntary basis as requested last Thursday. Chairman Issa issued the following statement on the issuance of the...
  • Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner Was Acting on Obama’s Behalf When She Targeted Conservative Groups (Video)

    06/23/2014 8:38:05 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 23 2014 | Jim Hoft
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) told America’s Newsroom Monday that IRS Chief John Koskinen was not honest with Congress about the lost Lois Lerner emails. Issa also said Lois Lerner was acting on President Obama’s behalf when she targeted conservative groups. “You came before us. You said you’d tell the whole truth but the truth under oath. Do you believe you told the whole truth? And, of course, the answer would be he did not tell the whole truth… I believe Lois Lerner is hiding something. I believe the Justice Department, the IRS and the...
  • IRS Commissioner Denies Issa Information Ahead Of Monday Night’s Showdown

    06/23/2014 6:42:24 AM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 23, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    (The following is not the exact text from Issa, but rather our own summary of the questions): 1. Explain, in detail, Lois Lerner’s 2011 hard drive failure, including the date it happened, and give the names of all employees who worked on retrieving data from it. 2. When did you learn that the hard drive failure affected the Oversight Committee’s subpoena into the IRS targeting scandal, and which IRS staffers realized that the subpoena could not be fulfilled? 3. Explain all the steps the IRS took to retrieve data from Lerner’s hard drive 4. Name all IRS employees that worked...
  • House Committee Requests Testimony from White House Official

    06/19/2014 7:50:42 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 6-19-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    House Committee Requests Testimony from White House Official by Sharyl Attkisson on June 19, 2014 Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) requested that Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office testify next week.In a letter, Issa requested O’Connor’s appearance at a hearing on Tuesday at 9:30a, a day after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is scheduled to testify. The Tuesday hearing is entitled, “IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing E-Mails, Part II.”In a series of disclosures that began last Friday, the IRS notified Congress that it has “lost” two years worth of key emails to and...
  • Why Darrell Issa Just Asked The IRS To Hand Over A Hard Drive

    06/18/2014 12:28:29 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/17/14 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on Tuesday issued a subpoena to the Internal Revenue Service, ordering the agency to turn over the hard drive they claim is responsible for wiping out two years of critical email communications. Issa has dramatically widened his probe into the IRS after the agency announced last week that it had lost the emails, which may have provided information about an IRS policy of targeting for extra scrutiny and delay many conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
  • Why Darrell Issa just asked the IRS to hand over a hard drive

    06/17/2014 3:53:06 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 71 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jun 17, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Here are the items Issa is asking the IRS to produce: + All back-up tapes, external drives, thumb drives, or other storage media the IRS used to capture, archive, back up, or otherwise record e-mails sent or received by Lerner from Jan. 1, 2009, to Sept. 23, 2013. + All hard drives, external drives, thumb drives, and computers Lerner used from Jan. 1, 2009, to Sept.23, 2013. + All electronic communication devices the IRS issued to Lerner from Jan. 1, 2009, to Sept. 23, 2013. + All electronic files, including, but not limited to, .pst files, relating to the IRS...
  • Darrell Issa subpoenas IRS commissioner over lost Lois Lerner emails

    06/16/2014 5:56:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/16/14 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has subpoenaed the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to testify next week before Congress about a trove of lost emails that could contain evidence of a plan to targeted conservative groups. Issa, R-Calif., will hold a June 23 hearing aimed at finding out more about two year´s worth of emails -- from 2009 to 2011 -- that the IRS has reported lost. The emails were from former top IRS official Lois G. Lerner to Justice Department and Treasury officials. ssa had requested the emails because he and other Republicans believe
  • Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers probe Treasury unit's hiring, will object to Obama nominee

    06/03/2014 1:21:05 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 3, 2014 3:51am EDT | EMILY FLITTER AND BRETT WOLF
    (Reuters) - Two powerful congressmen have opened separate inquiries into whether a Department of the Treasury bureau charged with policing money laundering may have flouted federal hiring rules, including regulations that require military veterans be given preference for government jobs. :snip: Reuters reported on May 2 that the Treasury had temporarily suspended FinCEN’s hiring authority and forced it to rescind 11 job offers after a federal government labor watchdog determined that the bureau had illegally screened candidates in a quest to hire only lawyers for certain positions. :snip: "The fact that FinCEN allegedly rejected pools of candidates made up of...
  • Darrell Issa cancels John Kerry hearing

    05/30/2014 1:49:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Washington Examinter ^ | 5/30/14 | Susan Ferrechio
    A House panel has canceled a June hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry and will no longer call him to testify. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., had planned to grill Kerry about the Sept. 12, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But Issa, who had subpoenaed Kerry to appear, said he is "releasing him from the upcoming hearing commitment." Issa said Kerry was using the Oversight hearing "as a shield" against cooperating with a newly created House select committee that has been empaneled to examine the Benghazi attack and the...
  • John Kerry won't testify before House Oversight Committee after all(Issa backing Gowdy Select Comm.)

    05/30/2014 11:33:46 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-30-2014 | Joel Gehrke
    TOPICS: HOUSE OVERSIGHT John Kerry won't testify before House Oversight Committee after all BY JOEL GEHRKE | MAY 30, 2014 | 2:08 PM Secretary of State John Kerry won't testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the Benghazi terrorist attacks after all. Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., dropped his subpoena in order to eliminate a State Department argument against Kerry appearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who sits on the regular oversight panel with Issa. "We have been clear that we're willing to work with the committee, despite the fact...
  • Justice Department secretly stifling 'objectionable' businesses: House committee

    05/29/2014 11:18:29 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 29 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government reform has compiled a scathing report on the Department of Justice's “Operation Choke Point” program that critics believe is aimed at “targeting industries deemed objectionable” by the Obama administration. The report, released Thursday by panel chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., accuses the Justice Department of abusing its authority by going after the payday lending industry and other merchants and working to put them out of business. According to the report, the Justice Department “secretly” discouraged banks from conducting business with groups deemed to be “high risk,” for triggering a federal investigation. Sign Up for...
  • 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.
  • THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SEC. OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO...

    05/22/2014 8:48:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Congress.Gov - Congressional Record ^ | 5-21-2014 | Darrell Issa
    THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA (Extensions of Remarks - May 21, 2014) Text of this article available as: TXT PDF [Extensions of Remarks] [Page E797] THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA _____ HON. DARRELL E. ISSA of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Mr. ISSA. Mr. Speaker, as the House's Select Committee on Benghazi stands up and takes ownership of an investigation that has been...
  • One of the White House’s First Responses During the Benghazi Attack: Call YouTube

    05/22/2014 5:32:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5/22/14 | Bryan Preston
    While Ambassador Chris Stevens was missing on September 11, 2012, and while Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty were fighting for their lives, with military assets within a quick flight to provide aid, the Obama White House decided to call…YouTube. A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the “ramifications” of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The memo suggests that even as
  • White House Contacted YouTube During Benghazi Attack, Darrell Issa Says

    05/22/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 176 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Jonathan Karl
    A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the “ramifications” of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The memo suggests that even as the attack was still underway — and before the CIA began the process of compiling talking points on its analysis of what happened — the White House believed it was in retaliation for a controversial video. The subject line of the...
  • Issa Subpoenas DOJ After ‘Election Crimes’ Director Refuses to Answer Critical Questions 34 Times

    05/20/2014 6:03:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/20/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed the Department of Justice today for documents after the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch director, Richard Pilger, refused to answer critical questions 34 times, as advised by a DOJ lawyer, about the IRS-Tea Party scandal. “The Department’s refusal to allow Mr. Pilger to testify about matters highly relevant to the Committee’s investigation unnecessarily delays and frustrates the Committee’s Constitutional oversight obligations,” said Chairman Issa in a letter sent with the subpoena. “The Department’s obstruction in this regard, coupled with its failure to produce any relevant material to date,...
  • Live California GOP debate: Heated moments between Donnelly, Kashkari

    05/15/2014 7:47:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | Melanie Mason
    In their first, and probably only, debate, GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari sparred Thursday over who would be most likely to beat incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, in the process exposing deep divisions over the direction of the state’s Republican Party. The approximately 90-minute event, moderated by the hosts of KFI AM 640’s conservative radio program “The John and Ken Show,” hit on a wide range of topics, from gun rights to Kasharki’s tenure at the U.S. Treasury Department. A fake skeleton played the role of Brown, underscoring the governor’s absence.
  • Issa: 'Slippery' State Dept. Not Cooperating on Benghazi Documents

    05/15/2014 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Cathy Burke
    House Oversight Committee head Darrell Issa slammed the State Department Thursday for using “slippery tactics” to weasel out of providing documents related to the 2012 Benghazi attack – and issued a new subpoena to haul Secretary of State John Kerry before the panel. The California Republican said he'd kept his part of a bargain – lifting an initial May 21 date for Kerry to go before the committee – but the State Department has "back tracked," The Hill reports. “With this State Department’s slippery tactics, it’s no wonder our friends in the world are losing faith in us and our...
  • 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.
  • Kerry Spokesperson: Boss in Mexico on Day of Issa Hearing

    05/05/2014 3:23:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 5/5/14 | David Eldridge
    Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a previously scheduled trip to Mexico on May 21, the day he’s been subpoenaed to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to testify on Benghazi, a State Department spokeswoman said Monday. Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said Kerry, who has been overseas, is aware of the subpoena, announced Friday by Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “As we’ve said repeatedly, we were all surprised, quite frankly, that instead of working with us and reaching out to us and offering first an invitation to testify, that Chairman Issa jumped immediately to subpoenaing...
  • Issa Subpoenas Kerry To Testify On Benghazi

    05/02/2014 8:44:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/2/14 | Matthew Boyl
    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 were instead revealed via a Freedom Of Information Request lawsuit by the conservative non-profit group Judicial Watch....
  • U.S. House committee subpoenas Kerry over Benghazi (BenghaziGate 'Lurching' toward a conclusion?)

    05/02/2014 8:55:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/2/14 | Patricia Zengerle - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 public hearing concerning the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Friday. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the panel wanted Kerry to answer questions about the State Department's response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans. Issa, a Republican, said the State Department has not fully complied with previous subpoenas for documents related to the attack. The Benghazi attack has become...