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  • Rep. Cummings: People ‘Come to Government To Feed Their Souls’

    02/11/2015 7:10:03 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 58 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) says, “so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their spuls
  • Here’s why Trey Gowdy’s had it with Benghazi committee Dems

    01/31/2015 7:17:53 AM PST · by upchuck · 73 replies
    Bizpac review ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A bitter partisan battle is developing among members of the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy and Democrats bent on limiting access to witnesses. And a potential clash between Gowdy and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is waiting in the wings.The Democratic members, headed by Maryland’s Elijah Cummings, seek veto power over the committee’s subpoenas and object to Gowdy’s examination of witnesses by only the GOP members.The Democrats would rather debate the matter than hear what the witnesses have to say.Gowdy, a former South Carolina prosecutor, knows that giving Democrats veto power over...
  • Clinton willing to testify before Benghazi panel, Democrat says

    01/27/2015 2:57:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Martin Matishak
    Hillary Clinton is willing to testify before the House Select Committee that is investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to the panel’s top Democrat. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Tuesday said he has spoken to Clinton about the possibility of testifying at the request of Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.), the panel’s Republican chairman, and she “did not hesitate for one second.” “She said ... I’ll do it, period,” Cummings said after the committee's third hearing. Cummings said Clinton, who was secretary of State at the time of the Benghazi attacks, indicated to him last year that she...
  • Elijah Cummings Savages Gruber: ‘Absolutely Stupid,’ ‘Incredibly Disrespectful’

    12/09/2014 8:47:40 AM PST · by W. · 67 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9 Dec 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings tore into MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber on Tuesday for his remarks on American voters and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee made GOP chairman Darrell Issa’s opening statement sound tame by comparison. “As far as I can tell, we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber for stupid — I mean absolutely stupid — comments he made over the last few years,” he began, staring angrily at the hapless professor.
  • Cummings 'comfortable' with Pelosi and Reid

    11/07/2014 1:19:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 7, 2014 | David McCabe
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said on Friday he doesn't think an overhaul of Democratic congressional leadership is necessary after Tuesday's midterms. But the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee said the party does have a problem with the way it communicates with voters. "We have to get our messaging right,” he said on MSNBC. Democrats, he said, should better convey their positions on issues such as raising the minimum wage and reducing student loan debt. At the same time, he backed Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who have come under...
  • Nancy Pelosi supports call for Secret Service chief to go

    10/01/2014 9:55:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson House should be ousted from her job, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, agreeing with the recommendation of the top Democrat on the oversight committee. Mrs. Pelosi, the highest-ranking woman in American politics, said problems go beyond Ms. Pierson, who was put in charge of the Secret Service after a scandal involving agents who hired prostitutes in Cartagena in 2012. But Mrs. Pelosi said she accepts the analysis of Rep Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, who said he was displeased with Ms. Pierson’s leadership.
  • Democrats launch Benghazi website, ahead of hearing

    09/16/2014 11:14:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Ahead of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s first public hearing Wednesday, Democrats on the committee say they’re launching an online clearinghouse to deal with questions already asked and answered and dispel falsehoods about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack. They say the website is intended to provide answers to questions that have consistently been raised surrounding the attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, such as why security was inadequate despite repeated requests and whether the Pentagon failed to deploy resources that could have saved lives on the night of the attack. ” ‘Benghazi...
  • DOJ Working With Elijah Cummings To Protect The IRS

    09/11/2014 4:48:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    IRS: An aide to the attorney general accidentally calls the office of the House Oversight Committee chairman, asking for help in spinning the defense of the agency whose head just said they obey the law when they can. We have commented many times of the all-too-cozy relationship between the IRS and Democratic members of the House and Senate, with members writing to the agency demanding that specific conservative groups and political action committees they find particularly irritating be subject to the "special scrutiny" that the Tea Party and other conservative and religious groups were subjected to in the ongoing scandal....
  • 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...
  • Pelosi appoints 5 House Dems to Benghazi select committee

    05/21/2014 11:28:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Earlier today, The Hill reported that Nancy Pelosi was ready to concede on the Benghazi select committee, and it didn’t take long for her to do so: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., names 5 Democrats to the Benghazi select committee – @KateNocera http://t.co/iyPLvA0Ncw— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) May 21, 2014 The only surprise is that it took this long to decide. Pelosi had begun to lean in the direction of participating in the select committee on Benghazi, if for no other reason than to keep from getting left behind in the narrative. Instead of just appointing one troublemaker, though, she’ll...
  • Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel

    05/21/2014 11:25:05 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 113 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-21-2014 | Jake Sherman & Lauren French
    Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel By JAKE SHERMAN and LAUREN FRENCH | 5/21/14 11:27 AM EDT Updated: 5/21/14 2:11 PM EDT House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — after a heated debate over the issue within her caucus — officially tapped five Democrats to the special committee charged with investigating the Benghazi attacks. Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Adam Smith (Wash.), Adam Schiff (Calif.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) will serve on the panel, which is headed by South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy. Cummings of Maryland will serve as the select committee’s ranking member. The lead Democrat...
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings Could Go To Prison for Five Years

    05/13/2014 12:00:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    TheRightPlanet.com ^ | 5/13/14 | staff
    “This is the law. And every two years — let me tell you something. Every two years I come to the Congress, just like my good friend, Mr. Labrador, we put up our hands to swear to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this country. It is the law.” That’s what Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings told Anderson Cooper last October. What was he talking about you may wonder. Was it the disastrous Fast and Furious scandal and the cover-up that followed? No, Rep. Cummings dismissed questions over the DOJ Attorney General Eric Hold’s role in the affair as “an...
  • Oversight Democrats: A Republican IRS official started the Tea Party targeting

    05/06/2014 10:38:57 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-6-2014 | Joel Gerhke
    Oversight Democrats: A Republican IRS official started the Tea Party targeting BY JOEL GEHRKE | MAY 6, 2014 AT 1:15 PM Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., concluded that there was no politically-motivated targeting of conservatives, according to a new report issued by Democrats on the oversight panel, even though Tea Party groups came had so many applications flagged for review."[T]he overwhelming evidence before the committee reveals no political motivation or White House involvement in the screening of tax-exempt applications," says the report from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democrats. Cummings cites the testimony of a "self-identified 'conservative Republican'" who worked...
  • Cummings tries to DECEIVE regarding military response to Benghazi attack, Issa and Chaffetz respond

    05/01/2014 1:50:23 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 19 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 1, 2014
    Cummings is a despicable human being. In Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell’s prepared testimony at the hearing today, he said this: There are accounts of time, space and capability discussions of the question, could we have gotten there in time to make a difference. Well, the discussion is not in the “could or could not” in relation to time, space and capability — the point is we should have tried. As another saying goes: “Always move to the sound of the guns.” He’s simply saying that the discussion should never be can or can’t we make a difference...
  • Congressman Denies Conspiracy

    04/21/2014 9:46:57 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 April 2014 | John Semmens
    Revelations that Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) corresponded with the IRS on the topic of harassing conservative groups conjured up suspicions of illegal attempts at intimidation. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, vigorously denied that there was a conspiracy between him and IRS officials. “Conspiracy implies that what I did was unlawful,” Cummings contended. “I have been assured by Attorney General Holder that neither he nor the President accepts that interpretation. “All I did was request that the IRS look into ways to disqualify some of these anti-government groups from criticizing the President’s policies.” Of particular concern to...
  • The ugly story behind the persecution of Catherine Engelbrecht

    04/14/2014 10:50:37 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 28 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-13-14 | DrJohn
    I finally understand why Elijah Cummings wanted so badly to persecute Catherine Engelbrecht. And as far as democrats go, it's lies all around. True the Vote is a organization made up of volunteers who are interested in preventing voter fraud. Our initiatives include: •Mobilizing and training volunteers who are willing to work as election monitors •Aggressively pursuing fraud reports to ensure prosecution when appropriate •Providing a support system for our volunteers that includes live and online training, quick reference guides, a call bank to phone in problem reports, information on videotaping at polling places, and security as necessary •Creating documentaries...
  • Enabling an IRS witch-hunt

    04/13/2014 7:10:11 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4-13-2014 | Post Editorial Board
    Enabling an IRS witch-hunt By Post Editorial Board April 13, 2014 | 9:25pm Elijah Cummings was his characteristically restrained self last week when he accused Republicans who voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of putting themselves “on the same page of history books with [Joe] McCarthy.” From the start of the investigations into the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, Cummings has accused Republicans of a witch-hunt. But recently unearthed e-mails highlight his own involvement with the IRS, contradicting his earlier denials. During hearings back in February, Cummings objected to testimony from the founder and lawyer for...
  • CBS’s Bob Schieffer Interviews Dem. Elijah Cummings, Ignores His Relationship With Lois Lerner

    04/13/2014 4:09:20 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 13, 2014 | By Jeffrey Meyer
    ... Instead of asking Congressman Cummings about this damaging new report surrounding the IRS scandal, Schieffer ignored the entire issue, and focused on ObamaCare and equal pay for women for the entirety of the interview. The CBS host even falsely claimed that the GOP did not support equal pay for women: “Marsha Blackburn says Republicans are actually for equal pay for women. But yet, it was blocked in the Senate by Republicans…What is going on here?” Given that Schieffer had the opportunity to interview the ranking Democrat on the committee leading the IRS investigation, it would have made sense to...
  • True the Vote Witness Who Testified on IRS Scandal Pens Blazing Letter to Grandstanding Democrat

    04/13/2014 6:37:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 4-13-14 | Kyle Becker
    Catherine Engelbrecht became the face of the IRS scandal with her riveting testimony before Congress on how her group True the Vote was targeted by the IRS for selective persecution and harassment. Recently, it was discovered that Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings had a hand in the IRS targeting True the Vote. You might remember Cummings as the grandstanding Democrat who railed against Darrell Issa’s investigation of the scandal after a Congressional hearing with IRS official Lois Lerner had closed (and then implied that Issa was racist): Further making the situation ironic and unsightly for justice-avoiding Democrats is that emails show...
  • Elijah Cummings owed IRS $30,000 in back taxes

    04/10/2014 7:40:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 45 replies
    The Quinton Report ^ | 4-9-2014 | Jeff Quinton
    April 9, 2014 Elijah Cummings owed IRS $30,000 in back taxes Jeff Quinton In light of the most recent revelations about Elijah Cummings and the IRS, I thought it would be interesting to discuss Cummings and his past history with the IRS.In 1999, David Folkenflik of The Baltimore Sun wrote an article on Cummings and his financial problems.From that 1999 article (emphasis added): Among his most serious troubles:In the mid-1990s, the Internal Revenue Service filed court papers declaring that Cummings was legally obliged to pay more than $30,000 in unpaid federal taxes. He finished paying those taxes earlier this year.Cummings...
  • Democrat Elijah Cummings Looking at a Possible Five Years in Federal Prison

    04/10/2014 4:18:20 PM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | 4-10-14 | Duane Lester
    It seems like Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings has been bad. Rep. Darrell Issa wants to know why his staff was asking questions from the IRS, why these questions weren’t disclosed and why Cummings denied these actions when asked about them.
  • 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...
  • Cleta on the Cummings case

    04/10/2014 10:04:14 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 10, 2014 | Scott Johnson
    Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell represents True the Vote, one of the groups illegally targeted by the IRS in the scandals that have exposed the agency as a partisan operation. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities representing three different federal agencies. They represent the price of politics in the Age of Obama. As John notes below, yesterday the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee released emails that show Democratic staffers communicating with the IRS about True the Vote. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these...
  • 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...
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings could go to prison for 5 years

    04/09/2014 7:32:00 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 52 replies
    “This is the law. And every two years — let me tell you something. Every two years I come to the Congress, just like my good friend, Mr. Labrador, we put up our hands to swear to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this country. It is the law.” That’s what Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings told Anderson Cooper last October. What was he talking about you may wonder. Was it the disastrous Fast and Furious scandal and the cover-up that followed? No, Rep. Cummings dismissed questions over the DOJ Attorney General Eric Hold’s role in the affair as “an...
  • 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...
  • BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

    04/09/2014 2:24:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 308 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/9/14 | Katie Pavlich
    New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote.
  • 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:...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dem Rep. Sent Three Threatening Letters to Conservative Activist Using Committee Letterhead (Video)

    02/06/2014 10:20:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/62014 | Jim Hoft
    This afternoon True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Elijah Cummings alleging the Congressmen intimidated her and and her group. Rep. Elijah Cummings on three separate occasions sent letters from the House Oversight and Government Reform, stating that he had concerns and felt it necessary to open an investigation on True the Vote. The Congressman also smeared True the Vote in several cable news interviews in 2012. In the hearing today, Cummings accused True the Vote of racism saying that they were trying to suppress the vote. Catherine Engelbrecht was on with Megyn Kelly tonight:...
  • Tea Party Leader Filing Ethics Complaint Against Dem Rep

    02/06/2014 1:10:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/14 | Matthew Boyle
    One of the most high-profile victims of the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal is planning to unveil surprising new allegations about the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing this morning. Catherine Engelbrecht, the head of election integrity group True The Vote and Tea Party group King Street Patriots, alleges Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) demanded information from her group in a similar manner to the IRS, according to her testimony. “Hours after sending letters, he would appear on cable news and publicly defame me and my organization,” Engelbrecht said. The Tea Party leader is...
  • Dems, Obama, head into 2014 distant, determined (Elijah Cummings, RATS can't trust Hussein)

    11/28/2013 8:10:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/28/13 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    **SNIP** "Folks are now, I think in talking to members, more cautious with regard to dealing with the president," said Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee and one of the first leaders in his state to endorse Obama's presidential candidacy six year ago. Cummings, the White House's biggest defender in a Republican-controlled committee whose agenda is waging war against the administration over Benghazi, the IRS scandal, a gun-tracking operation and now health care, said he still thinks Obama is operating with integrity. But he noted that not all his Democratic colleagues agree. "They want...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 September 2013

    09/08/2013 5:11:33 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 119 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 September 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 7th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Peter King, R-N.Y., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Justin Amash, R-Mich., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., Barbara Lee, D-Calif.,...
  • [Dem rep] Cummings: ‘I cross the street’ when white women walk toward me

    07/19/2013 6:32:20 PM PDT · by kevcol · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | July 19, 2013 | Dana Bash
    "Washington (CNN) – Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, has been a member of Congress for almost two decades. Yet when he is walking down the street in Washington, D.C., at night and white women walk toward him, he says "I cross the street" to avoid making them uncomfortable. Cummings says he rarely speaks about race or what life is like as a black man
  • Cummings: Unnamed ‘conservative Republican’ behind IRS abuse

    06/11/2013 2:54:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/11/13 | Patrick Howley
    Rep. Elijah Cummings has yet to reveal the name of the “conservative Republican” IRS agent he claims started the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, despite evidence that the targeting was overseen by a registered Democrat working out of Washington, D.C. Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland and the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, claimed this week that an unnamed Republican manager in the IRS’s Cincinnati office started the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, and that “the case is solved” with no evidence of White House wrongdoing. Cummings claimed in a letter to Republican Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa,...
  • Five IRS Scandal Myths: Rogue agents," apolitical targeting, and a limited time frame? Not so fast.

    06/10/2013 5:15:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/10/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The Obama administration and its defenders have done their best to downplay the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and to distance the president from the scandal. But in doing so they have made numerous claims that have that turned out to be grossly misleading — at best. 1. It was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati This claim has crumbled in recent weeks. Lois Lerner, the IRS’s director of Exempt Organizations, who has refused to testify before Congress, was the first to blame “our line people in Cincinnati” for initiating the targeting. Former IRS commissioner Steven Miller said two “rogue”...
  • IRS manager: White House not involved in reviews (LOL)

    06/09/2013 9:56:36 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-9-13 | Administration Propaganda
    WASHINGTON—The top Democrat on the House's watchdog committee says a self-described "conservative Republican" has told investigators that no one at the White House directed the Internal Revenue Service to target tea party groups. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings Sunday released a transcript online Sunday of the House Oversight Committee investigators' conversation with a manager from the IRS' Cincinnati office. During that interview, the unidentified manager said he was unaware of any political motivation in giving extra scrutiny to tea party groups' applications for tax exempt status. The manager was interviewed Thursday and says workers in Cincinnati instigated the applications' reviews. The...
  • Congressman Worries About "Chilling Effect" Of Scandal -- On IRS!

    05/22/2013 2:11:05 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 22,2013 | Daniel Halper
    "Let me tell you what I'm really concerned about in addition to all the other things that I've said," said Cummings. "I'm concerned that all of this may have a chilling effect on employees where they say you know, when normally we would look at certain criteria fairly, not targeting anyone but say uh-oh, I'm worried because I'd better let this go."
  • Issa Lets Lerner Off the Hook (Rush)

    05/22/2013 1:03:11 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 5-22-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The IRS hearings today, the Issa committee. Folks, yesterday, after the Apple tax hearings at the Senate, I said, "This is all just a game," and I think this thing that happened this morning with Lois Lerner showing up... Issa basically let her get away with it. She's gone. He looked clueless, like didn't know what was going on, didn't know how to deal with this. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, let me tell you what happened today at the IRS hearings. Lois Lerner, who ran the whole kit and caboodle and was... By the way, this was...
  • True Scandal

    05/20/2013 2:02:32 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 45 replies
    NRO ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Catherine Engelbrecht’s tale has all the markings of a classic conspiracy theory: She says she thinks that because of her peaceful political activity, she and her family was targeted for scrutiny by hostile federal agencies. Yet as news emerges that the Internal Revenue Service wielded its power to obstruct conservative groups, Catherine’s story becomes credible — and chilling. It also raises questions about whether other federal agencies have used their executive powers to target those deemed political enemies. Before the Engelbrecht family’s three-year ordeal began, Catherine says, “I had no real expectation or preparation for the blood sport that American...