Skip to comments.Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence (Elijah Cummings deeply saddened)
Posted on 03/07/2014 2:40:52 PM PST by smoothsailing
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 Lerners 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 Lerners entire career at the IRS.
Republicans have long sought the documents and complained the IRS wasnt sharing the whole picture on Lerners 12-year tenure at the agency. The documents will officially go to the Ways and Means Committee but the two panels are sharing evidence.
A senior Republican staffer insists that wont stop Issa, who caused a stir this week when his rift with Democrats stole the spotlight at a combative hearing. He will still likely seek her testimony, this person said.
The underlying facts of the case and her refusal to testify have not changed, said the senior House Republican staffer, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) joined calls to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress after she asserted her Fifth Amendment right during a Wednesday hearing. Issa has suggested that Congress could hold a contempt vote early as next week.
The timing of the IRS agreeing to turn over the documents - which House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has been seeking for months - caused Democrats to question whether gaining access to a trove of new emails and documents could take some off the pressure off congressional Republicans to move quickly on Lerners refusal to testify.
Maybe more level heads on Ways and Means can finally obtain her testimony instead of holding political contempt votes, an Oversight Democratic staffer said.
But the GOP aide said that Democrats were mistaken if they thought they could drive a wedge between Camp and Issa by giving the documents to Camp just as the contempt debate heats up.
We have done a pretty good job at keeping everyone on the same page, said the aide.
Camp first asked for the communications from the IRS last fall. The Michigan Republican sent a letter to the IRS on Feb. 24 threatening a subpoena if they did not quickly make more of the documents available.
I wonder what this is doing to applications to Columbia School of Journalism...?
What person in their right mind would go into journalism in order to NOT report on the news...?
That’s like going to pilot school in order to NOT fly.
Lerner has a history in other positions of partisan actions. Has anyone put a consolidated list together?
Anyone start up a pool as to how long it’ll be before Lerner gets Breitbarted?
....that’s a great gif
A correction to that graphic....the resources were apparently ordered to stay put rather than to stand down, albeit with the same end result.
Wasnt Holder held in contempt in Congress in the Fast and Furious case? and nothing has happened to him.
...which reminds me, Arpaio is suppose to be bring new stuff to the masses this month isn’t he?
Good for Issa, hope he does follow through.
Great graphic, Elijah will suffer apoplexy before long. LOL!
I guess we gotta keep giving Issa stuff to screw up.
Arrest both Holder and Lerner, preferably the same night. It’s well past time to bring these criminals to heel. Maybe that would get their attention.
Nixon got minuscule cooperation from our federal government of that day. Makes me wonder what is in our GS, SES, appointed ranks today.
Need to compare Obama crimes to someone people should use LBJ.
THIS MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD shortly after quitting his powerful WH job as Obama's COS, Rahm held a presser declaring he "just remembered" he really, Really wanted to be Mayor of Chicago. Then Rahm announced he had magically "raised" $10 million for his campaign in "just a matter of weeks." (waiting for hysterical laughter to die down). Ya gotta wonder how much Wall Street Rahm wired offshore when Obama put him in charge of the entire US Treasury. Read on.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Obama's stranglehold on Treasury via COS Rahm Emanuel's dual role
THE TARGETING PAPER TRAIL BEGINS: Soon as they occupied the WH, Obama and the Chicago con artists (a) took control of the US Census; (b) Obama placed his COS Rahm Emanuel in control of the US Dept of the Treasury (the IRS).
THE SMOKING GUN---WSJ REPORT--On Jan 20, 2009 Timothy Geithner was appointed Obama's Secy of the Treasury. But within three weeks, the Obama White House tightened its grip on Treasury. Obama put his COS, Rahm Emanuel, in charge of Treasury---Rahm Emanuel's dual role was an unusual move.
When he got to Treasury, WH COS Rahm Emanuel was so involved in the inner workings of the Treasury that the phrase "Rahm wants it" had become an unofficial mantra among subservient govt staffers, prostrate in obeisance, scurrying to accede to Rahm's wishes, according to Treasury government officials. Reported by WSJ / 05/31/09
More here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124113406528875137.html
BTW, Mayor Daley's former chief of staff, Valerie Jarrett, hired Obama's wife, Michelle, to work in Chicago City Hall. Jarret is now ensconced in Washington, as Obama's chief policy advisor.
In Chicago gangland vernacular, "chief policy advisor" means "wire-transfer artist".
Cummings’ outburst had fear written all over it. Exposure of the administrations ever increasing scandals are increasingly becoming a serious threat to Democrats. Obama is dragging them all down.
Nixon is not one tenth the crook Obama is.