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  • Obama’s Watergate moment is here

    04/10/2014 9:02:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 4-9-2014 | DrJohn
    Back in June of 2013 Elijah Cummings declared the IRS investigation over, despite the continued stonewalling by the Obama administration: Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. If it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on, to be frank with you. The IG made some recommendations, those recommendations are being adopted by the IRS, we’ve got a new commissioner in, acting commissioner in, Danny Werfel is doing a great job, I think we’re in great shape. Last month all of the democrat members of the House Oversight Committee demanded Darryl Issa end the IRS...
  • Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

    04/10/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:07 PM | Posted by Jim Hoft
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional...
  • NEW EMAILS SUGGEST COLLUSION BETWEEN IRS, REP. CUMMINGS IN TRUE THE VOTE TARGETING

    04/09/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4.9.2014 | by LOGAN CHURCHWELL
    The U.S. House Oversight Committee today released emails between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Democrat Minority Leader Elijah Cummings of the same committee detailing joint attempts to collect non-public information from True the Vote. According to the release obtained by Breitbart Texas, House Oversight offered glimpses into coordinated fishing attempts for information: Five days after Cummings contacted True the Vote seeking “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” the IRS sent True the Vote a letter requesting True the Vote provide “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “…the process you use...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Issa report: IRS applied ‘systematic scrutiny’ only to conservative groups

    04/07/2014 2:56:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Washington Post (blog) ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Josh Hicks
    A new report from the head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tries to discredit Democratic claims that the Internal Revenue Service targeted both liberal and conservative groups for extra scrutiny during the past two election cycles. “These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the facts,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the panel’s chairman, said in an executive summary of the findings. Before the 2010 election, the IRS began using “be on the lookout” lists, or BOLOs, to screen for groups that might be involved in too much political activity to...
  • Oversight Committee Will Move to Hold Lerner in Contempt [here we go again]

    04/03/2014 11:26:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/3/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    The House Oversight Committee will vote next Thursday on whether to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, sources say. A committee aide tells National Review Online the panel will “make an announcement on the contempt process for Lois Lerner sometime today,” and a GOP congressman confirms that committee chairman Darrell Issa has indicated the vote will take place “next week.” Lerner has twice declined to answer questions from lawmakers about her role in the targeting of right-leaning groups. At a June hearing, the panel determined in a party-line vote that she had waived her...
  • Examining the IRS Response to the Targeting Scandal (Live thread)

    03/26/2014 6:38:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 58 replies
    oversight.house.gov ^ | March 26, 2014
    Video at link.
  • Darrell Issa demands documents on White House political office

    03/19/2014 9:02:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    the washingon examiner ^ | 3/19/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is pressing the White House to provide documents for his probe into potential Hatch Act violations. In a letter Tuesday to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Issa raised questions about whether the White House political office is improperly using taxpayer money to promote Democratic party and its candidates. Issa asked McDonough to "produce all documents and communications, including e-mails, related or referring to the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach or the reopening of the Office of Political Affairs, as soon as possible, but by no later than noon on April...
  • Cummings Discusses Issa’s Rude Actions at Committee Hearing (BARF Alert)

    03/19/2014 8:07:22 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 17 replies
    The Afro ^ | March 7, 2014 | Zenitha Prince
    In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), discussed the events of a March 5 hearing held by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of which Cummings is the ranking member. During the hearing, former IRS employee Lois Lerner was questioned on the agency’s alleged targeting of conservative political groups. Chairman Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.) posed questions for approximately 15 minutes, though Lerner had already invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to speak. When Cummings tried to take his turn, Issa adjourned the meeting, turned off Cummings’ microphone, and he and other Republicans filed out. AFRO:...
  • Democrats' iPad protest of Darrell Issa on House floor is shut down

    03/14/2014 5:18:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/14/14 | Leslie Larson
    The Cummings/Issa feud is the showdown that keeps on giving. Democrats faced off with Republicans on the House floor, protesting GOP Rep. Darrell Issa's diss of Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings last week. Cummings' colleagues stood on the House floor on Thursday, holding up tablets, iPhones and iPads with screen showing images of Issa shutting down Cummings during a committee hearing a week ago. But the show of solidarity was closed down, with the presiding officer, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), deeming the display of electronic devices a violation of house rules.
  • Democrats: Issa's Gaffe Will Block Lerner Contempt Charge (Dems desperate to protect IRS)

    03/13/2014 12:41:39 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 3-13-2014 | Melissa Clyne
    Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 Democrats: Issa's Gaffe Will Block Lerner Contempt Charge Melissa Clyne Democrats are rushing to the aid of former IRS official Lois Lerner, saying GOP Rep. Darrell Issa fumbled the opportunity to force Lerner to answer questions about the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Politico reports. In a five-page memo from constitutional law expert Morton Rosenberg to Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rosenberg writes that Issa failed to provide Lerner — the former director of Exempt Organizations of the Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division of IRS — due...
  • 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...
  • New Oversight report claims Lois Lerner misled Congress on IRS targeting

    03/11/2014 10:18:46 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-11-2014 | Susan Ferrichio
    POLITICS: PennAve New Oversight report claims Lois Lerner misled Congress on IRS targeting BY SUSAN FERRECHIO | MARCH 11, 2014 AT 12:23 PM A GOP-led House panel Tuesday released an extensive report that attempts to show former top Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner lied to Congress about her involvement in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the 141-page report “offers detailed evidence about steps she took to crack down on organizations that exercised their Constitutional rights to free political speech.” The report comes as Issa weighs...
  • IRS Emails: Lerner Too 'Unpredictable' to Testify in Probe

    03/11/2014 8:59:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 42 replies
    Lois Lerner, who oversaw the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of tea party groups, was looking for someone from every branch of government to help resolve the issue that eventually cost her job. In emails being released today by a congressional committee, Lerner wondered why Congress wasn’t getting more criticism, hoped that the Federal Election Commission would "save the day" and wrote that political nonprofit groups "itching for a constitutional challenge" might file a court case that leads the IRS to accelerate the release of specific information about groups denied tax-exempt status. The emails are part of a 141-page report...
  • Country remains polarized with more differences on the horizon

    03/09/2014 8:06:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | March 9, 2014 | L.A. Parker
    The spitfire showdown between Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa last week underscored two prevalent themes woven through U.S. sociological fabric. First, black men and white men remain polarized, perhaps more than ever. Secondly, black men still feel a need to scream to be heard, and not just because the white guy controlling the panel’s microphone silenced his feed. This United States ship lists in troubled waters. Our most recent disengagement reverts to a national election that raised Barack Hussein Obama into the White House in spite of his inability to gain major support from...
  • Will Lois Lerner Be Held in Contempt?

    03/07/2014 9:10:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/07/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    As the Obama administration’s coverup of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s wrongdoings moves into high gear, Democrats are doing everything they can to direct public attention away from the scandal and tamp down growing calls for the president’s impeachment. Lerner may soon be compelled to testify or be cited for contempt of Congress. After a hearing concluded Wednesday at which Lerner refused to answer questions, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that Republicans are growing tired of the former IRS executive’s shenanigans. “At some point, I believe that she has to testify, or she should be held in...
  • Elijah Cummings: News Article Compilation from FR Archives

    03/06/2014 9:23:35 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 30 replies
    FR Archives, using Search feature ^ | 12/30/10 to 03/06/14 | Various
    INCREDIBLE! Use FR's Search box to look for keyword 'Cummings' Gack! The result is like watching an above-ground sewage line explode. I never had any inkling as to how much crap Issa has had thrown at him by Cummings these past 3+ years. And the Congressional Black Caucus is demanding that Issa be stripped of his gavel? What really should be happening here is that we should all be flooding our Cong. Reps with calls to censure Cummings or at least remove him from the Oversight Committee. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and any racist Congressman representing a District (95.4% "urban")...
  • Issa apologizes, skirts censure Vista rep says he has personally apologized for cutting

    03/06/2014 9:10:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 74 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 3/6/14 | Mark Walker
    A chastened Rep. Darrell Issa says he has apologized to a fellow senior lawmaker for abruptly cutting off his microphone during a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa, R-Vista, said he made a personal apology on Thursday to the man he silenced, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. “Mr. Cummings is a member of Congress who works very hard for his constituents,” he said.
  • Issa to Megyn Kelly: Cummings Threw a ‘Hissy Fit,’ Racist Accusation Beneath Response

    03/06/2014 8:50:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    m ediaitie ^ | 3/6/14 | Josh Feldman
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa joined Megyn Kelly Thursday night to react to the uproar over him cutting off Elijah Cummings‘ mic during a contentious IRS hearing, saying that accusations he was “racist” are just “beneath response.” Issa suggested Cummings’ outburst was a “pre-staged event,” but Kelly asked, “Who cares? Let him have his couple of minutes to rip on you! You’re a big guy, you can take it!” He acknowledged that in hindsight, he might have let Cummings rant, but it’s completely unjustified for any member of Congress to try and get his chairmanship revoked over the incident...
  • GOP rips Lerner for talking to feds

    03/06/2014 4:59:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    House Republicans on Thursday slammed the former IRS official at the center of the agency’s targeting controversy for answering questions from the Justice Department after invoking the Fifth Amendment in a congressional hearing. Republicans on the Oversight Committee said that Lois Lerner’s decision to sit down with federal investigators made them wonder how seriously the Justice Department was taking the investigation into the IRS’s treatment of Tea Party groups. “Think about it: Actually, the people who can put her in jail — she’ll talk to them,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told The Hill. “But she won’t talk to a bunch...
  • House opts against condemning Issa

    03/06/2014 12:12:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House on Thursday rejected a Democratic resolution that condemned Oversight & Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for shutting down a committee hearing without letting any Democrat speak. With dozens of Democrats standing by her, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) proposed the resolution Thursday morning, a day after Issa held a combative hearing with a former IRS official involved in the IRS targeting scandal.
  • 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...
  • Issa says committee could consider holding Lerner in contempt next week

    03/05/2014 7:07:17 PM PST · by Red Steel · 73 replies
    Fox news ^ | March 05, 2014
    California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News Wednesday his House committee could move as early as next week to consider holding former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt. Lerner refused earlier in the day to testify on her role in the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups. Her decision to plead the Fifth Amendment marked the second time in 10 months that she asserted her constitutional right not to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said of her refusal, “at some point Lerner must testify” or be...
  • Former IRS official invokes 5th again

    03/05/2014 11:05:41 AM PST · by Ray76 · 35 replies
    WND ^ | Mar 5, 2014 | Jerome Corsi and Garth Kant
    WND asked Issa if he is still confident he will get to the bottom of the matter. “It may well be that we have gotten to the bottom of it,” he said. “At this point, roads lead to Miss Lerner, the witness who took the Fifth. She becomes one of the key characters at this point. Had she been willing to explain those emails, which were provided through separate subpoenas, then we could have, perhaps, brought this to a close. Without that, it may dead-end with Miss Lerner.”
  • IRS villain Lois Lerner risks ARREST after pleading Fifth

    03/05/2014 9:41:08 AM PST · by Cheerio · 87 replies
    Mail OnLine ^ | 5 March 2014 | David Martosko
    FULL TITLEIRS villain Lois Lerner risks ARREST after pleading Fifth for a second time at IRS tea-party targeting hearing The one-time head of the U.S. tax authority's branch overseeing nonprofits won't testify about a years-long scheme to target conservative groups Congress has the power to hold her in contempt, try her and imprison her in the Capitol jail That power hasn't been used in more than 75 years but used to be common in bribery and other cases After the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee quickly adjourned Wednesday's hearing, his Democratic counterpart went 'ballistic' Former IRS official Lois...
  • Video: Lois Lerner takes the Fifth again as Issa cuts off Elijah Cummings’s mic

    03/05/2014 9:00:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/05/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via the Daily Caller, the exciting — I mean it! — conclusion to this weekend’s mystery about whether Lerner was thinking of testifying after all. Answer: Nope. She refused again, which I guess settles the question of whether she inadvertently waived her Fifth Amendment privilege last year by delivering an opening statement before Issa’s committee before suddenly clamming up. At the time, Issa thought that statement constituted a waiver; so did Alan Dershowitz. Maybe the committee decided it wasn’t worth their time litigating the issue. Riddle me this, though: Why don’t they just agree to grant her immunity for her...
  • Democratic Congressman Goes Ballistic At IRS Hearing After Darrell Issa Cuts Off His Mic (Cummings)

    03/05/2014 8:09:26 AM PST · by blam · 90 replies
    BI ^ | 3-5-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Democratic Congressman Goes Ballistic At IRS Hearing After Darrell Issa Cuts Off His Mic Brett LoGiuratoMar. 5, 2014, 10:26 AM Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, flipped out at Republican Chairman Darrell Issa during a hearing on the IRS' targeting of certain conservative groups Wednesday morning. Issa hauled former IRS official Lois Lerner back before the committee Wednesday morning as part of his ongoing investigation into the IRS' scrutiny of certain conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner, as expected, invoked her right to plead the Fifth Amendment in the investigation, as she...
  • Darrell Issa angrily adjourns Oversight hearing after Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth

    03/05/2014 7:14:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 110 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 5, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    California Rep. Darrell Issa adjourned a divisive House Oversight hearing Wednesday after IRS official Lois Lerner pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer his questions. “Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee,” Issa said before announcing that he had no expectation that Lerner would answer his questions and adjourning the hearing. Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment on each question Issa asked about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. The hearing lasted approximately fifteen minutes before Issa released Lerner. Issa began the hearing by explaining that Lerner previously waived her Fifth Amendment rights in a May 2013 hearing...
  • Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies at Wednesday’s oversight hearing

    03/04/2014 1:06:01 PM PST · by servo1969 · 181 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-4-2014 | Patrick Howley
    Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies openly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, according to her attorney. House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced Sunday that Lerner will testify at Wednesday’s hearing, but Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor said that Lerner will seek to continue invoking her Fifth Amendment rights and will also seek a one-week delay of her testimony. Oversight members are reportedly open to granting Lerner a one-week delay if she petitions for one in person at Wednesday’s hearing. The delay would allow Lerner’s lawyers to continue negotiating for immunity, which they...
  • Official’s testimony reveals IRS planned crackdown rules in 2012

    02/27/2014 8:17:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS’s new proposal to crack down on nonprofits was in the works a year before the tea party targeting scandal broke, according to a Treasury Department official who told congressional investigators it was spurred by pressure from outside parties. The revelation follows earlier testimony from former IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, who told investigators that they started “brainstorming” ways to crack down on nonprofits while under pressure from a senior Democratic senator who was “complaining bitterly to us” about the way groups were engaging in politics while organized as social welfare nonprofits. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and subcommittee...
  • Emails Show Lois Lerner's Attorney Agreed She Would Give Testimony to House Oversight Committee

    03/03/2014 1:08:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday on Fox News Sunday House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced Lois Lerner, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS, would be back in front of Congress this week to testify about the inappropriate targeting of conservative, tea party and patriot groups. Issa cited Lerner's attorney, William Taylor, as the source of confirmation of her agreement to testify on Wednesday, March 5. Shortly after that appearance, Taylor told POLITICO an agreement Lerner would testify was not made, that he didn't know where Issa was coming from and that Lerner would continue to plead the Fifth. “As...
  • Lois Lerner's Attorney Has No Idea Why Darrell Issa Is Claiming She’ll Testify (Update)

    03/02/2014 9:25:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/2/14 | Evan McMurry
    House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared on Fox News Sunday this morning with some “late breaking news”: “[Lois Lerner´s] attorney indicates that she now will testify,” Issa said, referring to the chief witness in his investigation of the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative groups. Lerner, who was the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division during the supposed targeting, has thus far invoked the Fifth Amendment in front of Issa’s committee. “We believe the evidence we’ve gathered causes her, in her best interest, to be someone who should testify,” Issa said. Host Chris Wallace even double-checked that Lerner...
  • Lerner's attorney says she won't testify, Issa wrong

    03/02/2014 11:36:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    politico.com ^ | 3/2/14 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    Rep. Darrell Issa doesn’t know what he’s talking about, the attorney for former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday. Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division, would testify before his committee Wednesday, which he said he had been told by her attorney. That attorney, William W. Taylor, said Issa is wrong.
  • Ex-IRS official Lerner's attorney says no Hill testimony without immunity or court order

    02/26/2014 12:37:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 121 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/26/26 | Fox News.
    The attorney for Lois Lerner, a central figure in the IRS scandal, signaled Wednesday that his client will not comply with a request to testify on Capitol Hill next week. Attorney William Taylor said Lerner, who resigned last year as the agency’s tax-exempt organizations chief, will return and testify only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for her testimony. Taylor stated his position in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was responding to a letter Tuesday from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony...
  • Darrell Issa to recall Lois Lerner: Will the code of Omerta hold?

    02/26/2014 7:24:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/26/2014 | Rick Moran
    House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa is recalling former IRS official Lois Lerner to testify about IRS targeting of conservative groups. When last we left our intrepid Tea Party targeter in May of 2013, she was taking the fifth before Iss'a committee - after declaring her absolute innocence in an opening statement. The Oversight Committee has ruled that because she made the statement, she waived any right she had to protection from self-incrimination. The Hill: n his letter to William Taylor, Lerner's attorney, Issa said that her testimony "remains critical to this committee's investigation." "Because the committee explicitly rejected her Fifth...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rep. Darrell Issa's agenda in 2014: IRS, Benghazi and Fast and Furious

    01/12/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2014 | Molly K. Hooper
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in 2014 will pursue the IRS scandal, the deadly Benghazi attack and the botched Fast and Furious operation in what will likely be his last year as the House GOP's chief investigator. Issa sounded a cautionary note that the investigations might not conclude while he has the gavel. “The administration wraps up investigations. We are done when we are done … there shouldn’t be any sort of effort to load in or unload" before his term limit of six years as the top Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee ends in December. Rep. John...
  • 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
  • Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe of IRS tea party targeting

    01/08/2014 3:19:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The Justice Department put an avowed political supporter of President Obama in charge of the criminal probe into the IRS’s targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan said they’ve discovered the head of the probe is Barbara Kay Bosserman, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department who donated more than $6,000 to Mr. Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, as well as several hundred dollars to the national Democratic Party. “The department has created a startling conflict...
  • Conservative of the Year: Rep. Darrell Issa

    01/02/2014 9:01:53 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1-2-14 | Human Events Editors
    The rule of law is a matter of much concern lately, thanks to President Obama’s extraordinary use, and often flagrant abuse, of executive power. Congress held hearings on the subject in December, with some of the most damning testimony coming from leading liberal intellectuals. For the past five years, no one has worked more diligently to hold this Administration accountable than Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who represents northern San Diego County, and chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. After serving in the Army and reaching the rank of captain, Issa built an impressive private-sector business resume, founding Directed...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 29 December 2013

    12/29/2013 5:00:35 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 119 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 29 December 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 29th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Democratic former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gen. Michael Hayden, Former National Security Agency Director; NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.THIS WEEK (ABC): A look at game changers in 2013 (I can’t help thinking it’s Auburn running back Chris Davis).STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Secretary of State John Kerry. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Neera Tanden, president and CEO of...
  • Dem cries foul on Issa's ObamaCare tactics

    12/18/2013 8:44:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 17, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The House Oversight Committee's top Democrat is accusing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of deliberately stoking fears about HealthCare.gov with partial and misleading document releases. Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) cried foul on Issa's habit of withholding portions of documents about ObamaCare and charged the committee chairman with "cherry-picking" evidence to heighten concerns about the enrollment website. "The chairman's actions are a reckless and transparent attempt to frighten Americans away from the HeathCare.gov website and deny them health insurance to which they are entitled," Cummings wrote in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Cummings disputed Issa's recent allegation that users' personal...
  • Issa: ACA Navigators Coax Applicants to Lie, Get Subsidies

    12/16/2013 9:57:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    newsmax ^ | 12/16/13 | Greg Richter
    Obamacare navigators aren't trying to help people find a good insurance plan, Rep. Darrell Issa says; they are trying to enroll people in Medicaid and highly subsidized insurance plans. "They're not there to sell the merits of the insurance. They're there to sell the subsidy," Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity." "This is basically just another form of community organizing, paid for with your tax dollars. Acorn revisited, if you will," Issa said. Issa and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, were in Dallas on Monday for a congressional hearing on...
  • Sebelius Lashes Out at Issa for Investigating Obamacare Navigators

    12/16/2013 2:18:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/16/13 | Andrew Johnson
    Kathleen Sebelius went to bat for Obamacare navigators in an op-ed prior to a hearing led by Darrell Issa investigating the people designated to promote the health-care law as “navigators.” She accused the House Oversight Committee chairman of holding a field hearing in Dallas “designed to stifle, intimidate and impugn the reputation of people who have been working hard to help their fellow Texans get covered.” In the Dallas Morning News, Sebelius urged Republicans on the committee to stop “demonizing, demoralizing or deterring” navigators, praising the navigators for their efforts. She wrote navigators are “not paid to sell insurance,” but...
  • Dems want briefing on Issa docs - “immediate classified briefing” on Obamacare [fear leaks]

    12/16/2013 10:48:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 16, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    The White House and senior congressional Democrats on Monday said congressional leaders should seek an “immediate classified briefing” on ObamaCare documents subpoenaed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). The Democrats argue in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the two leaders should intervene in Issa’s investigation. They also accuse Issa of being reckless with sensitive information that ObamaCare contractors handed to him last week under the threat of a subpoena. “We do not believe these sensitive documents should have been provided to the Committee without adequate protocols to safeguard their contents,” the Democrats...
  • Accomplished liar Kathleen Sebelius breaks pledge to Issa Committee, changes ObamaCare rules

    12/16/2013 9:22:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/16/13 | Doug Book
    On December 11th, HHS head Kathleen Sebelius told Darrell Issa’s House Government Oversight Committee that 365,000 had enrolled in ObamaCare. Later on during the hearing, this conversation took place between Sebelius and Representative Michael Burgess (R) of Texas concerning the definition of “enrolled”: Burgess: What if that patient doesn’t make the premium payment? You said they’re covered Dec. 23, but they never write the check. They never make the payment. Sebelius: Then they’re not covered. They are not enrolled, and at every point along the way, on the website they are told until they make the payment— (1) Sebelius repeated...
  • EDITORIAL: The Potemkin website The Obamacare facade is beginning to crumble

    12/14/2013 2:57:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-12-13 | Editorial Board
    Oppressive regimes throughout history have built cities of false facades meant to impress from afar, concealing the embarrassing condition of the places. In its quest to persuade Americans that Obamacare is working, the Obama administration has built the most expensive Potemkin website yet. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants to bulldoze the facade of Healthcare.gov to find what lies beneath, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is telling her aides they better keep quiet, or else. In a Dec. 6 letter to Creative Computing Solutions, she instructed the Healthcare.gov construction...