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Friday, October 21, 2016

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, GOP watchdog Darrell Issa (R-CA) claimed on Sunday that he’s never tried to link the White House to the IRS scandal. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Issa told host Candy Crowley that, “We have never looked for the White House, other than the White House is not cooperating and continues not to cooperate.”

Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has been on a mission to link the Obama administration to any and every “scandal” his committee hunts down. The IRS’ misconduct was supposed to be his big find; according to the congressman, the agency was unfairly targeting Tea Party groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on the president’s orders.

Though the targeting of Tea Party groups seemed to stem from a local Cincinnati branch of the IRS, Issa was quick to suggest that the White House was directly to blame.

On a June 2, 2013 interview on State of the Union, he called then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar.”

“This is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it,” Issa said.

Then it came out in late June that progressive groups that applied for tax-exempt status were also targeted by the IRS. So Issa tried to simultaneously argue that he never thought Obama was involved, but the IRS was acting on his behalf.

“I’ve never said it came out of the office of the president or his campaign. What I’ve said is, it comes out of Washington,” the congressman said in a June 26, 2013 interview with CNN’s Dana Bash.

“For years, the president bashed the Tea Party groups. He was very public against these groups,” he continued. “And on his behalf — perhaps not on his request — on his behalf, the IRS executed a delaying tactic against the very groups that he talked about.”

By July 2013, Issa was boasting that he had found a connection to the White House. His huge revelation was that one of the IRS staffers took his concerns about the IRS targeting to the chief counsel of the IRS, who, like all other department heads, was appointed by the White House.

But he wasn’t even breaking news — an Inspector General report that came out two months prior had mentioned that very same meeting.

So Issa tried to backtrack again. During a hearing on that same day, he claimed, “I’ve never said it was the president behind this. I’ve never said he led it.”

A year later, the investigation into the IRS is ongoing. Issa is currently looking into former IRS official Lois Lerner and the emails that went missing after her computer crashed in 2011. Issa wants to use the missing emails to prove that there was a cover-up.

Issa’s State of the Union interview from Sunday can be seen below:

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  • Sand_Cat

    Why would anyone – aside from our wingnut visitors, of course – believe anything this dishonest little man has to say one any subject?

  • Independent1

    Where are you Angelsinca?? Come on!! let’s hear you put a positive spin on this article which provides more evidence about this absolutely corrupt piece of garbage that is pretending to be a legislator – he’s no more qualified to be a legislator than I’m qualified to be an astronaut. And on top of not being qualified, he’s also a very corrupt person.

  • Daniel Jones

    Darrel Issa liar.

  • Tony Torres

    The media feeds this man’s ego by even listening to anything this sack of shit says. This idiot has already wasted millions of tax payers money on witch hunts (Benghazi,IRS,suing the AG,etc) and the lies that this man says with a straight face would be hilarious if it wasn’t hurting our country. This is one jerk we must get out of office. What waste of human being.

  • dana becker

    Well I am sure there is documentation showing otherwise and he will just lie about that too because that is what this criminal arsonist does best. Lie. And cheat and steal. Can’t leave them out now can we.

  • dana becker

    I guess the motive behind all these useless investigations looking for crimes this administration has “committed” go right to their projection about everything unseemly and corrupt because of the criminal and corrupt actions of the previous administration. That is all I can conclude because they can’t find the smoking gun to any of it being linked to the White House. And by the way, how is that Benghazi hearing going? Haven’t heard a peep from anyone since that guy was caught and backed up the video story. So how much money has been spent, money the Republicans claim we don’t have. How much have they wasted on these phony scandals?