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Elijah Cummings Slams Darrell Issa, Declares IRS Case ‘Solved’

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Elijah Cummings Slams Darrell Issa, Declares IRS Case ‘Solved’

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Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has declared the Internal Revenue Service scandal “solved” after revealing that a self-described “conservative Republican” IRS manager made the decision to target Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status without any input from the White House.

On Sunday, Congressman Cummings released a letter to House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), containing excerpts of the interview with the unnamed IRS manager. While Cummings acknowledges that “This memo is not comprehensive,” he writes that “it includes many critical facts you have not made public.”

Among many other excerpts from the interview, Cummings’ letter shows that the witness testified that he was not “aware of any political motivations behind the screening, centralizing, and development of Tea Party cases,” and that he did not have “any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to screen Tea Party cases.”

During a Sunday morning interview, Cummings told CNN’s Candy Crowley that the excerpts should draw Issa’s investigation to a close, and urged the chairman to release the full transcripts of the interview.

“He is a conservative Republican working for the IRS. I think this interview and these statements go a long way to what’s showing that the White House was not involved in this,” Cummings said.

“Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved,” Cummings continued. “And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on, to be frank with you.”

Representative Issa released a statement Sunday blasting Cummings’ call to close the investigation.

“The American public wants to know why targeting occurred and who was involved,” Issa said. “The testimony excerpts Ranking Member Cummings revealed today did not provide anything enlightening or contradict other witness accounts. The only thing Ranking Member Cummings left clear in his comments today is that if it were up to him the investigation would be closed.”

Cummings’ letter also took personal aim at Issa, who has repeatedly accused the Obama administration of ordering the IRS to target the president’s political enemies, but failed to offer any evidence proving the explosive charge. Several Republicans have worried that the GOP would suffer a backlash if it became overzealous in its investigations into the Obama “scandals.” With his letter, Cummings seems to be trying to provoke such a response.

Citing Issa’s unsubstantiated allegations regarding the White House’s involvement in Operation Fast and Furious and the supposed cover-up following the Benghazi attack, Cummings slammed the California congressman’s hyper-partisan approach to governance.

“Your actions over the past three years do not reflect a responsible, bipartisan approach to investigations, and the Committee’s credibility has been damaged as a result,” Cummings writes. “Your approach in all of these cases has been to accuse first, and then go in search of evidence to back up your claims.”

The Maryland congressman’s view is reportedly shared by several members of Issa’s own party. After Issa referred to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney as a “paid liar,” Politco reported that several top Republicans began urging him to tone down his attacks.

“He has made this personal,” a senior Republican told Politico. “He’s added an unnecessary element to the news cycle.”

Still, don’t expect Issa to moderate himself. This week, Issa is reviewing more documents in his seemingly never-ending examination of the administration’s talking points following the Benghazi attack.

Photo: ElijahECummings via Flickr.com

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. MVH1 June 10, 2013

    Does Issa have credibility with anyone? Somebody turned a lobotomized attack dog loose and told him to kill. That’s all he knows. What a reprehensible creature he is. A criminal determined to find criminality in others that doesn’t exist. It’s over, Mr. Issa. Go home. We’re tired of you.

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    1. adler56 June 11, 2013

      He’s a car thief- why would anyone expect the truth from him?

    2. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

      You’re correct, MVH1. You know, Richard Nixon was an attack dog for the Republicunts. He was particularly vicious, but unlike Issa, he was extremely intelligent, like a psycho-path. Nixon literally mauled Joseph McCarthy and savaged McCarthy’s career. It earned for him the VP spot in 1953 and the presidency in 1969. But, Nixon’s innate viciousness re-surfaced and ruined him.

      1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

        Honestly, I’ve heard from people who also don’t like Issa that he is intelligent and I would say that is borne out by his being able to slip out of being jailed because he was clever enough. And you are right about everything else.

        1. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

          Many psycho-paths are intelligent in their weird way, like the Manson types, some with genius capacity, like Hitler and Napoleon. It’s like criminal-megalomania. However, history informs us of their fates. Issa will fall hard just like the rest, but I hope not at anyone else’s expense or civil rights.

          1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            Can’t argue with any of that. Just being smart doesn’t mean Karma isn’t going to catch you either. I look forward to the flame-out of this particular guy.

          2. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            Not to split hairs but,is megalomania ever not criminal?

      2. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

        You know,that has got to be an undetected case of schitzoid behavior.Otherwise how did he reconcile all that nastiness with the fact that he was a Quacker?

  2. docb June 10, 2013

    It might be over but I want the transcripts released in full to show what the issa arsonist and his bagger buddies witch hunt looks like. behind closed doors…! There is no HONOR among the repub baggers thieves and liars.

    Reply
    1. lana ward June 11, 2013

      Communist Cummings wishes it was over. LOL LOL LOL

      1. adler56 June 11, 2013

        2013 and you’re still seeing Communists. See a shrink.

        1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

          And hook up with Alan West.

          1. plc97477 June 11, 2013

            but only if one or both have been sterilized.

          2. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            Yes indeed.

      2. bandrulz June 11, 2013

        Looney Lana wishes it would go on forever.

        1. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG June 11, 2013

          Just when you thought it was safe to go out again – the doctors released lana.

          1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh June 11, 2013

            Personally, I think she just signed herself out.

          2. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            Or slipped out.

          3. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            I think her cheese slipped off her cracker.

          4. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            And she cracked her head open when she fell down a dark hole going after it.

          5. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            I’m laughing now,this is fun.

          6. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            LOL. Since she is the bad in a Grimm’s fairy tale, we might as well make up the rest of the story and make it fun.

          7. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            Yeah,humor is a good defense in the face of———–whatever ya call it.I think I may have to save some for tomorrow.Never know when a stinky troll will show up.

          8. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            We’ll team up and render them ineffective and entertaining for us.

          9. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            Agreed,I have just finished my supper of anti-willful stupidity nutrients to which I will add some coffee in the A.M..Considering that we are dealing with someone who really might be compromised,I guess I better think twice before I blow back her hair like I did with that guy yesterday.I will see you on the page tomorrow.

          10. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            I look forward to it. 🙂

        2. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh June 11, 2013

          I almost didn’t recognize her post. She didn’t accuse the rest of us of being anti-American and her childish attempts at deleting her own expletives.

          1. plc97477 June 11, 2013

            She also spelled pretty well for her.

        3. latebloomingrandma June 11, 2013

          “Loony Lana”—wasn’t she a character in the Harry Potter stories?

          1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            She would have ruined the movie.

          2. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            That would be Moaning Mertyl.Ever so much more entertaining than the dolt we are dissing today tra la tra la.

          3. latebloomingrandma June 11, 2013

            Moaning Mertyl flew in and out of the toilets, right? I think I was thinking of Luna, who was wacky, but endearing. Definitely not Lana.

          4. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            Yup,you nailed it LBG.I had to do a bit of research before I posted that.Lo and behold,wikipedia comes through again with a complete list of Potter characters.I had seen a couple of the Potter flicks that feature Mertyl but I was not Potter savvy enough to know the characters’ name or even the name of the movies.
            Lana- – – nuff said.

          5. lana ward June 12, 2013

            Did you know Obama is building a massive apparatus to destroy privacy worldwide?? Told you he is a spying dictator. And John Roberts was blackmailed into changing his vote on Ocare. After all he is a Republican–more to come

      3. BillP June 11, 2013

        go back on your meds loonie lady

        1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

          Well, I see the consensus of opinion is lana is loonie. 🙂

          1. DurdyDawg June 11, 2013

            And she’s always been that way, for instance:

            What did Lana say when her doctor told her she was pregnant?

      4. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

        anal, Cummings knows this won’t be over because the Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags can’t let it go. They have latched onto a python that has wrapped itself around their body. If they let it go, they’ll get bitten and swallowed. If they continue to wrestle with it, they could stand a chance of getting out of its constriction or be smothered and swallowed by it anyway. They’ve painted themselves in a corner. It’s like you, a smelly cat lady with 33 cats, lonely and horny in a house that reeks of cat urine and territorial markings. It would repel even the likes of Ariel Castro! But, you’ve brought that fate on yourself. There’s a way out but you refuse to see it because you blame others. Man, that’s a hellacious situation to be in.

        1. lana ward June 11, 2013

          OHitler is behind the targeting. And it’s not just the IRS. His DOJ, DHS, EPA, HHS and others who targeted conservatives. Dems are the party of shysters, criminals, terrorists, traitors. They hate God, they hate America. They have always had to cheat to win. This time it will bite them, finally. Since you are always nasty, fu** yourself before you post, maybe you can be half decent

          1. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

            As usual, anal, you’re so wrong in so many ways. Why don’t you take your own advise before you post, it’ll mellow out many of the medications you take. Or maybe if you get rid of all the damned cats, clean your funky assed house out, and wash out your nasty ass, some poor, hopeless wretch might come along and fill up that yawning, gaping hole in your heart.

          2. lana ward June 11, 2013

            I am not wrong, your queer, traitor leader is losing support. People are finding out just what he is, a spying dictator

          3. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            Harharhar….you’re a kick in the head, lana.

          4. WhutHeSaid June 11, 2013

            Obama is queer now too?

            I can only imagine the fiery grin on Satan’s face when you first arrive in Hell. Found those asbestos bloomers yet? Try Amazon, and hurry!

          5. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

            LOL!

          6. lana ward June 12, 2013

            Obama has been queer all his life–Check out the Down Low Club

          7. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

            Okau. That’s it! Somebody call a cab so lana can take her drunken ass home! Thfor her tonight!

          8. lana ward June 12, 2013

            Obama is building a massive apparatus to destroy privacy worldwide. Told you he is a spying dictator. John Roberts was blackmailed into changing his vote on Ocare, he is a Republican after all

          9. lana ward June 12, 2013

            Obama is building a massive apparatus to destroy privacy worldwide. Told you he is a spying dictator

          10. Robert P. Robertson June 12, 2013

            I knew it wouldn’t be long. One thing I can say, anal, you never disappoint us. Great going, kid!

          11. lana ward June 12, 2013

            John Roberts was blackmailed into voting for that God awful Ocare

          12. lana ward June 11, 2013

            Any new scandals today for your dictator leader?? LOL

          13. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

            No, lana. there’s no new scandals today, lana. I’m sure you’ll come up with one really soon.

      5. docb June 11, 2013

        Twerp troll is back and still stuck on stupid!

      6. WhutHeSaid June 11, 2013

        Careful — you and Mr. Issa might become roommates in Hell. You won’t be gleeful then, no.

        1. lana ward June 12, 2013

          How long did dems dig and dig on Watergate??? 2 years—this is way worse than Watergate so keep waiting for more to surface

        2. lana ward June 12, 2013

          Obama is building a massive apparatus to destroy privacy worldwide. Told you he is a spying dictator. John Roberts was blackmailed into changing his vote on Ocare. After all he is a Republican

  3. charleo1 June 10, 2013

    My contention has been all long on this IRS, scandal, if it even qualifies as one.
    Did not come from Obama, or his election campaign staff. The reason I say this
    is, it was dumb. And, the campaign staff of Obama has been anything but dumb.
    In fact they rewrote the book on how a campaign is run, from beginning to end.
    And, candidate Obama, has proven himself to be one of the most successful, campaigners, in the league of a Kennedy, Reagan, or Clinton. None of which,
    got to the Presidency, by being dumb when it came to running for office.
    And this was, whoever did it, however one looks at it, incredibly dumb.

    Reply
    1. lana ward June 11, 2013

      It was dumb and illegal and smart Obama got caught

      1. Jim Myers June 11, 2013

        Keep smokin’ the wacky weed. You get funnier the longer you stay high.

        1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

          Funny, like when you hit your funny bone and laugh even though it’s not funny? 🙂

          1. Jim Myers June 11, 2013

            It’s not funny if you take Lana serious. However, it is hilarious if you consider the source, and the fact that she cannot spell, or carry on a coherent conversation.

            (I mean, seriously, how hard is it to spell Obama?)

            Just sayin’…

          2. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            LOL.

          3. BDC_57 June 11, 2013

            Wonder if lana as any friends.

        2. lana ward June 11, 2013

          OHitlers little game is coming apart. Have we ever had so many scandals at one time???? This is so much fun!!! And there’s more to come!!!

          1. DurdyDawg June 11, 2013

            Are you referring to the scandals that your ilk have made up? Go eat a freshwater sandwich and leave the thinking to those.. with brains!

          2. lana ward June 12, 2013

            This is more fun than Watergate and way more serious

    2. adler56 June 11, 2013

      I agree with everything you said except claiming Ronnie raygun did anything smart. He was a grade B actor and a grade F President. He lied to Congress- broke laws selling guns to terrorists and then claimed the government was to blame for all our problems. No wonder God took his brain.

      1. Allan Richardson June 11, 2013

        In fact, there is a real possibility that he BECAME President in part by promising IN ADVANCE to sell guns to Iran in exchange for sabotaging the hostage release talks in which President Carter was beginning to make progress. Reagan/Bush and their CIA buddies forced our hostages to stay captive for possibly months longer than necessary in order to get in power. Of course, once they WERE in power, they hid all the evidence that they were the REASON Carter was “ineffective” on this issue. The new sheriff NEVER investigates the crimes he committed before pinning on the star. One day it will come out, just like the Reichstag fire (for WWII buffs) or the unwitting patricide and incest of the King of Thebes (for Aeschylus buffs).

        1. docb June 11, 2013

          There has been some credence brought to that theory, Allan. However, it was Nixon that promised the Viet Cong a quick end to the War if he was elected…and the War went on another 5 years..Same party and same ethics or lack there of!

      2. CrankyToo June 11, 2013

        I would go so far as to say that Reagan was a dirtbag, which is why Repugnicans still love him and extol his virtues to this day (despite the fact that they wouldn’t vote for him in 2016 if he was running for Dog Catcher).

        1. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

          I don’t think a dog has ever been hired as dog catcher.

          1. plc97477 June 11, 2013

            I am trying to figure out if you bad mouthed canines.

          2. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            Yeah,I guess in that regard my comment was vague.But I was definitely slamming ronnie raygun.

          3. plc97477 June 11, 2013

            I know I just wanted to say that dogs are much nicer than raygun and in some cases, I think, smarter.

          4. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            Exceedingly!

      3. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

        Come to think about it, God did take his brains.

  4. Dominick Vila June 11, 2013

    So the person behind the IRS “scandal” turned out to be a conservative Republican trying to preserve the core values of his party? No wonder Issa and his fellow inquisitors have been so quiet the past week or so.
    I disagree with Rep. Cummings, however. If the latest finding turns out to be true, this case is far from over. Millions of dollars have been wasted in a medieval crusade to demonize a President that had absolutely nothing to do with the so-called scandal. Mr. Issa’s obsession deserved to be investigated and the American people should be made aware of what was behind this charade. This is what happens when elected officials engage in demonization and obstructionism instead of doing the job they were elected to do. Talking about egg on their faces…

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    1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      Fortunately, most Americans know what’s behind this charade and unfortunately, the GOP’s base doesn’t care. Imagine appointing Issa, of all people, to investigate criminality in others. An alleged arsonist, an alleged car thief and a proven liar. More of that Christian lifestyle from the GOP.

      1. marysolvel June 11, 2013

        amen!

      2. Allan Richardson June 11, 2013

        The Christian Taliban and the robber barons agree on one thing: the Ten Commandments do not apply when they are broken in the service of a higher power (especially the stealing and bearing false witness ones, and maybe we can get away with adultery once in a while, and dishonoring the parents on Social Security).

        1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

          I find only one fault with your comments here. The list is not near long enough. 🙂

          1. Porojo1 June 11, 2013

            Well, put yourself on the list then.

          2. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            Whatever that means.

          3. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

            Despicable,degenerate,dirty,disgusting TROLL!!!!

      3. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh June 11, 2013

        Not to defend Issa, but there wasn’t enough evidence to prove his involvement with arson. As for the car theft, the acknowledged it was when he was “young and stupid”. Now, regarding him being a proven liar, if the Republicans got rid of every one of them, there would be no one left in their party. This is something that has been pointed out as a generic fault of the Republican party since the 1880s. The only time they appeared to be more truthful was between 1900 and 1908.

        1. CrankyToo June 11, 2013

          Thanks to Teddy Roosevelt, one of only two good Republican presidents.

          1. fishingfly June 11, 2013

            Three, you forgot Eisenhower and Ford wasn’t bad either,

          2. DurdyDawg June 11, 2013

            Ford was a sleeper, a presidential nominated VP because of the dirty tricks of his predecessor and a non-elected president, uh, because of the dirty tricks of his predecessor.. Even his own party made fun of him and chose to thwart his progress.. The one thing I hold against him is that he failed to put that criminal in prison, otherwise I agree with you that he was one of the better Pubs. Ike was one of us.. he lived, ate and slept with the common man and because he was one himself gives him the points needed to be a better leader.. Did you know that Ike disliked his VP and along with the military industrial warning, also warned us about Nixon as well?

          3. Russell Byrd June 17, 2013

            Until he was enticed into running for President, Ike was a strong Democrat. My point is he thought he could change the direction of the Korean War, but he really was not a Pub. The “boys in the smoke filled room” always hated Teddy Roosevelt. They had the view that he was not really a Pub either. Ever notice the on and off attacks by wingers on Lincoln. The only decent presidents the Pubs have given us are despised by their parties behind the scene leaders. Dishonesty and disloyalty, amongst other faults, is endemic in the repunk party.

        2. MVH1 June 11, 2013

          And that is why I used “alleged”, which should cover the fact it wasn’t proved. I’m not willing to accept his “young and stupid” defense. People who skirt the rules and the law so frequently as he did get out of things because they have these kinds of defenses to pair with not enough evidence. The New Yorker did a lot of research on their article all about Issa in 2011. I appreciate your response and we are way more in agreement than not. And I don’t think you’re defending him. I think you are being very thoughtful and fair. I got that article on Google if you’re interested in reading it. Fascinating stuff and digs into a lot more information than is generally out there. The man is unsavory. The Republicans in handing out their committee chairmen positions could have picked any number of people who wouldn’t have his problematic history.

        3. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

          There have been no improvements to him.He is still stupid! These bastards wouldn’t cop to the truth if they were burning at the stake.

    2. marysolvel June 11, 2013

      Dominick, I agree with you 100%! Love your postings.

    3. CrankyToo June 11, 2013

      Dominick,

      I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I enjoy your prescient and insightful posts. The differences between thoughtful commentators like yourself and some of the wingnuts who troll this newsletter are startling – but those differences provide comforting evidence that the right is doomed to become nationally irrelevant in our lifetimes (and I’m 61).

      Keep doing what you’re doing, Squire. Avail yourself of every opportunity to educate the masses (and kick Repugnican ass, into the bargain).

    4. idamag June 11, 2013

      Darrell Issa said, from day one, he was going to increase hearings. He has people out there with magnifying glasses looking for something to have a hearing on. It is a waste of taxpayer money and a waste of time that could be useful to keep up this charade.

      1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

        And whatever they bring him, he lifts the part of the statement being made that will “prove” what he wants and completely ignores the rest of the sentence which refutes it. They got caught doing that recently. See it doesn’t bother him. Just like the truth Cummings has published about the Republican IRS agent’s testimony. Issa has said it doesn’t count. And we know why. It’s not what Issa wants to hear. I think Issa might find most people are not as stupid as his little hateful base.

        1. plc97477 June 11, 2013

          Fortunately his base is getting smaller all the time.

          1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

            I love that part. Can you imagine how bad it must be when even the Teatards and goppers don’t want to be a part of the Republican bunch.

  5. atc333 June 11, 2013

    Darrell Issa, the GOP’s very own “Conqueror Worm”, a self appointed “Witchhunter General”, doing everything possible to avoid dealing with this nations real issue; Jobs, jobs, jobs, yet keeping the Faithful entertained.

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    1. Allan Richardson June 11, 2013

      In a previous life he may have been a judge in Salem, or an Inquisitor.

      1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

        There are any number of dreadful countries who would love to have his empty brain prosecutorial, accusatory talents against their detractors.

      2. idamag June 11, 2013

        I can see that.

      3. disqus_il6KG9d3VM June 11, 2013

        He may have been one of those who tortured innocent people in his previous life in Spain during the Inquisition. I can picture him there bent over with a dark cloak covering him. Eeewww!

      4. docb June 11, 2013

        Issa is not that smart, allan…

  6. adler56 June 11, 2013

    Issa is a car thief, an arsonist and a liar. Only idiot tea baggers would believe anything he says and they don’t count in America.

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    1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh June 11, 2013

      Shhhh. You don’t want Looney Lana to accuse you of being a Communist!

      1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

        Actually, I should think that could even up one’s cred.

      2. plc97477 June 11, 2013

        Sure we do. It is a badge of honor to be called communist from the wacky fringe.

  7. charleo1 June 11, 2013

    That Darrell Issa is a digger! Is he not? Not since Oliver Stone’s investigation
    of who was really on the grassy knoll? “Back, and to the left.” Back, and to the left.”
    Has any one man ran into more, “troubling stuff,” that he’s trying to get to the bottom of. And, it looks as though, in cracking the IRS scandal, he’s managed to uncover
    the most, “troubling,” kind of stuff of all. The kind that doesn’t involve Obama. Drat!

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  8. FT66 June 11, 2013

    This man Issa is totally useless. Whatever he touches doesn’t produce the anticipated results republicans want to see. He is not smart at all.
    a. Fast & Furious – Ola;
    b. Benghazi – Ola;
    c. IRS – A Big Ola.
    d. Calling the Press Secretary a paid lair – also Ola.
    Republicans should learn from now onwards. Don’t initiate anything which you are not aware how to carry it along. And don’t use Issa again, as he has proved to be a paid failure.

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    1. disqus_il6KG9d3VM June 11, 2013

      Also, Issa, the Inquisitor, don’t ask the question if you don’t know the answer. You will get burned in the end (no pun intended) even though you lie now, the truth will out.

      1. docb June 11, 2013

        He is not a lawyer, issa is an arsonist and thief, 3vm! He would not know about how stupid it makes him look to put out a question you do not have the answer for!

  9. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

    One might think that just maybe,when Issa learned that it was actually a conservative republican IRS employee who did the scrutinizing,he would feel the rug being pulled from beneath him but he seems impervious..I find it rather validating that a republican felt that the T party needed looking into.Afterall,they weren’t just asking for a lolipop.Issa says the American people want to know why this happened.Gee! I don’t know.It couldn’t possibly be due to the fact that the Tparty is a damned bunch of shit eating ass wipe fascists seeking a special tax exemption,could it? Issa should button his lip before he and his misbegotten investigation are investigated for being a jerkoff and a colossal waste of time and money.

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    1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      I would absolutely love it if he were investigated. This whole expensive sham set of ongoing multitude of “investigations” into simple questions that have satisfactory answers. But maybe we want to let this cretin continue to over-reach, especially since it’s turned a scrutinizing eye on him.

      1. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

        More and more it appears that the gop/t poopers are capable of facilitating their own demise,so much so I could swear I hear the faint notes of that song “Oh How Happy You Have Made Me”

        1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

          LOL.

  10. John June 11, 2013

    “Ranking Democrat declares IRS scandal solved” – wow, can I ever rest easier tonight! And just think – they will be administering my health care in less than a year!

    Did Cumings bother to call for firings of those involved? Or was it just, “oh, well, it was really the Republicans fault”?

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    1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh June 11, 2013

      Democrats are not allowed to call for Republicans working for the federal government to be fired. They are only allowed to join the Republicans in calling for their fellow Democrats to be fired.

    2. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      Fired for doing their jobs? I seriously doubt that. You want him to arrest the Republican IRS manager?

  11. Lawless4U June 11, 2013

    Makes perfect sense that there was no White House involvement. Think about it…..why would Obama want to disrupt the tea party? They are the reason he got elected. If it wasn’t for their particular brand of crazy, we’d have a lot more republicans in elected office. The fact is that the tea party scares the hell out of sane people and they drag the real republicans down with them.

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    1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      Well, they’ve dragged the regular Repubs down pretty low. They have a 21% approval right now. How on earth do they get to run things except their gerrymandering?

  12. Robert P. Robertson June 11, 2013

    Cummings has made a clear point. Yet, he has also made it clear that Issa has the power. So, don’t look for this to be closed anytime soon until after the 2016 elections. Issa will keep pounding on this dead horse until the possums come scampering out of its behind. The problem with mental illness is that what and how they see things is right, and everyone else is crazy.

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    1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh June 11, 2013

      That is unless the people in his district realize that they have elected the second biggest laughing stock (after Michelle Bachmann) in the House.

    2. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      I dare say he doesn’t even think he’s right. What’s more, he doesn’t care. He knows, like the Republicans have proven over and over, if you point your finger and lie loud enough long enough, you can bring somebody’s numbers down. The trick is, they’re beginning to bring their own down with this sort of lunacy.

    3. Mark Forsyth June 11, 2013

      Yup! It’s a sure sign.

  13. Allan Richardson June 11, 2013

    Another question is, WHY did this conservative Republican in the IRS Cincinnati office start the scrutiny of Tea Party groups? Was it because, DESPITE his partisan feelings, he felt he owed more loyalty to the LAW than to his party (I hope so)? Or was it because he knew it would be seized upon by Republicans in Congress and blamed on President Obama?

    In any case, he DID do the right thing, because IN FACT these groups were trying to get a status they did not LEGALLY deserve, and far more TEA PARTY groups were trying to do so than liberal groups. It’s the same logic as racial profiling, which the GOP feels is right, but with MORE factual justification.

    I don’t care if a non-profit group has to pay income tax on its surplus revenue, even if it is political. But when I give to a liberal political group, I PAY TAXES ON MY DONATION, because I know, and the donor form reminds me, that contributions are not tax deductible. And the same should be true when Rove’s donors give to his super PAC: every dollar they get to deduct from THEIR tax returns illegally is made up for by MY taxes and every OTHER working class American’s taxes. Which is exactly why the GOP loves those phony charities: playing by the rules is for suckers, they make up their own rules.

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    1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      Amen.

  14. hjs3 June 11, 2013

    Republicans have a long history of building bridges to nowhere so let’s chalk this witch hunt up to that philosophy.

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    1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      Oh, no. I want that bridge to lead to Defeatsville for them.

  15. Rick2101 June 11, 2013

    To me Representative Darrell Issa seems like a reincarnation of Senator Joe McCarthy of the 1950’s and his list of 205. Representative Issa seems to fit the McCarthy image of “Once he got going, logic and decorum gave way to threats, personal attacks, and multiple distortions.” http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Communists_In_Government_Service.htm

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    1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      To you and a lot of other people.

  16. Ford Truck June 11, 2013

    Its really not Issa’s fault he is so intent on investigating this. After all, he thought his constituents told him to “GET FACT” when they really told him something that just sounded like “fact!”

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  17. Mike Mcgonigle June 11, 2013

    I was very young when the McCarthy hearings were televised, on my black and white, 12″ t.v., but remember it was important, and my parents were angered by his outrageous and false claims. Issa and Ted Cruz in the Senate are two peas in a pod, and remind me of McCarthy, and should be called out by many more citizens as well as fellow Congressmen and women. They damage our country by their divide and conquer tactics, and for what end? They are not smart men, but vindictive and ambitious weasels. If they win, we all lose.

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    1. BDC_57 June 11, 2013

      Sounds to me they have not learned from the past.

  18. elw June 11, 2013

    How ironic, will Issa’s mulitple cartoonish investigations of the President be his own down-fall rather than the President’s? Seem like even his own Party is beginning to see a witch hunt instead of an investigation.

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    1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

      He’s been warned to tone it down. After one warning, he appeared on Meet the Press to call Jay Carney a paid liar. They’re getting what they deserve. They appointed him as chair of this committee. What were they thinking? Maybe that their crook who managed to wiggle out of his own problems was clever enough to pin criminal activity on someone else?

      1. elw June 11, 2013

        All I know about the radical Republican thinking is it is twisted. They will get what they deserve.

        1. MVH1 June 11, 2013

          And that is a comfort.

  19. montanabill June 12, 2013

    All I have seen Cummings do during the ‘investigation’ is make political speeches. If Cummings has ‘solved’ the case, he needs to name names.

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