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  • Gruber Takes His Medicine on Hill

    12/09/2014 1:56:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, now to the House committee looking into Jonathan Gruber. Ranking Democrat on the committee is Elijah Cummings, former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucasians. All of these ranking members get to make opening remarks before the interrogation begins. And we have a portion of Elijah Cummings' opening remarks. CUMMINGS: As far as I can tell, we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber for stupid, I mean, absolutely stupid comments. They were responsible, incredibly disrespectful, and did not reflect reality, and they were indeed insulting. Dr. Gruber does not speak for me nor the chairman of...
  • Democrats Apologize to IRS Commissioner at Hearing on Lost Emails

    06/20/2014 9:39:29 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 65 replies
    sharylattkisson.com/ ^ | 6/20/2014 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    In his first Congressional appearance since news of the lost Lois Lerner emails, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was alternately attacked by Republicans and praised by Democrats who apologized to him for his treatment and called the investigation an “endless conspiracy theory” by Republicans. Under oath before the House Ways and Means Committee, Koskinen restated what Congress had been told privately: that emails of Lerner and six other relevant IRS officials have been irretrievably lost because of crashes of their hard drives and servers. Koskinen defended not telling Congress in numerous previous appearances about the email losses. In those appearances, he...
  • 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...
  • IRS Scandal Hearing. FULL EXPLOSIVE HEARING 7/18/2013

    07/18/2013 9:30:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/18/13 | C-SPAM
    Published on Jul 18, 2013 The House Oversight Cmte. hears from IRS officials about the targeting of tea party & other conservative organizations. Lawmakers take a closer look at IRS headquarters in Washington and the Cincinnati office that dealt with tax-exempt applications.
  • In Secret Service, Some Blacks See a Flawed Shield for the President

    10/03/2014 4:57:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in...
  • Some Blacks See Secret Service as Flawed Shield for the President

    10/04/2014 1:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | Peter Baker
    Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in black circles,”...
  • The Obama DOJ’s Subversion of the IRS Investigation

    09/12/2014 8:31:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/12/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Yet another indication of the endemic corruption that infests the Obama administration, their Democrat colleagues and a willfully somnambulant mainstream media In a letter written to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Issa reveals there was an attempt to coordinate media spin regarding the IRS investigation between the DOJ and the staff of the Committee’s Ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). How did Issa find out? A DOJ official in the Office of Public Affairs who thought he was calling Cummings’ office, mistakenly phoned Issa’s office instead.
  • 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....
  • Is Eric Holder Trying to Protect the IRS?

    09/11/2014 1:22:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09/11/2014 | Seth Mandel
    A remarkable conversation about the IRSÂ’s illegal targeting of conservative groups took place on Friday in Washington. According to Rep. Darrell IssaÂ’s office, at 5:01 Friday Brian Fallon, a former aide to Chuck Schumer and currently a communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, called IssaÂ’s office. By mistake. And itÂ’s quite a mistake.The purpose of the call, according to a letter Issa wrote to Holder, was to work with the intended recipient of the call to strategically leak damaging information to selected, friendly reporters and to coordinate a damage-control plan. The intended recipient of the call was apparently Rep....
  • 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...
  • Video: Congressional Democrats *Heart* the IRS (Drama queens)

    07/03/2014 11:20:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Guy Benson
    As you prepare to kick off your holiday weekend -- during which you will most assuredly ignore this chipper nannying -- please enjoy this Washington Free Beacon montage of Democrats playing obsequious defense for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and his agency at recent Congressional hearings: VIDEO: 1.07 minutes Useful Idiots: Democrats provide IRS best defense money can buy The overwhelming majority of the American people want the IRS targeting scandal investigated further, as calls for a special prosecutor grow louder. Multiple polls show that people aren't buyingthe IRS' tall tale that a lone computer hard drive crash permanently deleted Lois...
  • 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...
  • Elijah Cummings: 'Shockingly disrespectful' to subpoena John Kerry about Benghazi

    05/02/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2, 2014 | BY JOEL GEHRKE
    ... Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., denounced the subpoena of Kerry as "shockingly disrespectful," protesting that Kerry should have been given more time to prepare and that committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., should have followed a more formal process for issuing the subpoena. “These actions are not a responsible approach to congressional oversight, they continue a trend of generating unnecessary conflict for the sake of publicity, and they are shockingly disrespectful to the Secretary of State,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the oversight panel, said in response to the subpoena.
  • CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUS

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

    04/13/2014 3:31:38 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 13, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Andrea Mitchell needs to turn in her journalism  card...now! She completely blew the opportunity to ask outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a question that would have shed light on whether she voluntarily resigned or, as many have speculated, she was fired by the White House. Despite interviewing Sebelius for over five minutes on Meet The Press (video after the jump), Mitchell absurdly neglected to point out a big discrepancy in Sebelius' accounts of her departure.
  • Cummings Denies Conspiring With IRS To Target Conservative Groups

    04/17/2014 2:26:13 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    WJZ - CBS-Baltimore ^ | 4-16-2014 | Derek Valcourt
    Cummings Denies Conspiring With IRS To Target Conservative Groups April 16, 2014 11:40 PM Derek ValcourtBALTIMORE (WJZ)—A cable news channel sets a critical eye on a popular Maryland Democrat. Congressman Elijah Cummings is taking heat from Fox News over allegations he helped the IRS to target conservative groups.Derek Valcourt talks to the congressman about those allegations.Congressman Cummings isn’t talking to Fox News about those allegations, but he did sit down to talk to WJZ.Cummings is known even to allies as a tough political fighter.“You remember the old movie with Rocky when he’s telling Rocky ‘Keep your left up, keep you...
  • 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 president calls Cummings damning emails ‘the tip of a very ugly iceberg’

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

    04/09/2014 6:37:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Speaker of the House ^ | 4-9-2014 | Press Release
    Speaker Boehner Comments on the Criminal Referral For Lois Lerner Posted by Speaker Boehner's Press Office April 9, 2014 Press Release WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the House Ways & Means Committee sent a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Attorney General outlining probable criminal actions taken by Lois Lerner during her tenure at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):“The Ways & Means Committee, led by Chairman Camp, has conducted a serious and thorough investigation of the IRS, uncovering abuses and criminal acts that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the...
  • True the Vote President: Cummings Emails 'Tip of an Ugly Iceberg'

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

    04/09/2014 6:10:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/9/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R., Ill.) told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson there is “clear evidence” embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner broke the law Wednesday on Fox News. The House Ways and Means Committee released a report today revealing evidence highly incriminating to Lerner, and will refer her to the Justice Department for prosecution. Among the more startling allegations, Schock revealed the committee found evidence she deliberately attempted to obstruct Crossroads GPS’s 501 (c)(4) approval for purely political reasons. “We have in writing her own e-mails after meeting with liberal-leaning groups like Democracy 21 and others where they specifically say,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • A House could fall on Lerner

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

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

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

    03/08/2014 8:37:27 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 64 replies
    quintonreport.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jeff Quinton
    There’s no family I know,’’ Cummings continued encouragingly, “that when they have problems they say, ‘To hell with it.’ ’’ The most memorable part of his “life-altering” trip to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa, he told his friends in the hotel ballroom, was when Mandela’s grandson said that the great man had counseled him, “Don’t be pushed around by your fears and problems; be led by your hopes and dreams.” Actually, Emerson said that.
  • Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence (Elijah Cummings deeply saddened)

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

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

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

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

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

    10/01/2013 9:04:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    cecildaily.com ^ | October 01, 201 | JASON RUITER
    WASHINGTON — Federal employee unions and members of Congress from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia – all Democrats – denounced House Republicans and lamented the financial pain of federal employees caused by the government shutdown during a press conference outside the Capitol Tuesday afternoon. In a political game of chicken, congressional Republicans sought this week to pass a spending bill that also defunded the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Because Democrats refused to budge and Republicans held fast on the legislation to defund Obamacare — parts of which went into effect Tuesday — nearly 800,000 federal employees were furloughed from...
  • Issa feared targeted by terrorists after Democrats revealed secret Libya trip

    09/26/2013 8:04:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-26-2013 | Alex Pappas
    September 26, 2013 Issa feared targeted by terrorists after Democrats revealed secret Libya trip Alex Pappas A leaked State Department email indicates that officials were worried about the safety of House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa after Democrats revealed his plans for a secret trip to Libya this week. Issa, a Republican from California, has safely returned from his fact-finding trip to the country as his committee continues to investigate the terrorist attacks that killed America’s ambassador and three others in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. CBS News reported Thursday on an email that quoted a Libyan national sharing...
  • 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.,...
  • Bomb squad, hazmat units at Rep. Cummings' Baltimore office

    08/07/2013 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 25 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 7, 2013 | Justin Fenton
    A hazardous materials unit and federal agents are investigating a suspicious substance found at the Baltimore office of Rep. Elijah Cummings, officials said.
  • The Phony IRS Scandal

    08/04/2013 9:10:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    The White House publicity machine has tried to turn the national conversation from the topics of the day to attempt to make our President relevant again. Obama, who has gained the new nickname Griffin (as in H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man), has all but disappeared since his failed attempt to change the national gun laws in the beginning of this year. To clear grass so high that Obama needs a weed whacker just to be seen, his team has attempted a typical Obama technique. In this case they are creating a new mantra to discredit legitimate concerns of American voters...
  • Local Lawmakers Seek To End Legal Racial Profiling

    07/31/2013 2:15:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 31, 201
    LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The death of Trayvon Martin is one reason behind renewed efforts by 17 U.S. Senators and 40 Representatives, including seven local lawmakers, to pass a bill that aims to end legal racial profiling. “Recent events demonstrate that racial profiling remains a divisive issue that strikes at the very foundation of our democracy,” Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) said when he introduced the bill in the House of Representatives Tuesday. “Though the death of Trayvon Martin was not the result of a law enforcement encounter, the issues of race and reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct are so...
  • Trey Gowdy: Claiming the White House wasn't involved in IRS scandal is BALDERDASH

    07/20/2013 12:38:01 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 53 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | July 20, 2013 | You Tube
    Trey Gowdy was asked today if the GOP has proof that the president was involved in the IRS scandal, citing the objection of Elijah Cummings and Democrats. But Gowdy says that was never an allegation to begin with. However, given that Jay Carney lied about it being about two rogue agents in Cincinnati, Gowdy says that to say the White House wasn't involved now is balderdash.
  • WSJ: IRS scandal not a closed case

    06/24/2013 8:28:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Rep. Elijah Cummings tried to short-circuit his committee’s probe into the IRS scandal by releasing the full transcript of an interview with a mid-level manager, which the ranking Democrat argued made the investigation “case closed.” National Review’s Eliana Johnson argues in today’s Wall Street Journal that the only case that’s closed is that Cummings is running interference for the IRS and the White House. Not only does the testimony of John Shaefer not answer the questions about the extent of the scandal, Shaefer didn’t provide any potential answers at all: Given the media coverage that the tea party was receiving,...
  • Democrat Who Said IRS Scandal Was Solved Backtracks: It's Not Solved

    06/13/2013 3:13:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Last weekend, top Democrat and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Elijah Cummings, said the IRS scandal was "solved" and that we need to move along. Cummings cited an anonymous "conservative Republican" working in the IRS who supposedly came forward to say the White House wasn't involved in the targeting of conservative tea party groups. Cummings then detailed an unreleased interview last week with an anonymous IRS manager who labeled himself a “conservative Republican.” The manager essentially said it was he who started the targeting of the groups and — contrary to GOP allegations — said that the White...
  • 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,...
  • Republican IRS agent says Cincinnati began 'Tea Party' inquiries

    06/09/2013 3:16:01 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/9/13 | David Morgan and Kim Dixon
    A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy. In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he and an underling set aside "Tea Party" and "patriot" groups that had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS filings. Cummings, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducting the...