Mar
02
2014
1

Well, well, well: Lois Lerner to testify to Congress after all. #irs [UPDATE: Or possibly not.]

Gee, I wonder why.

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, a central figure in the IRS scandal, will appear before Congress Wednesday after refusing to testify last year on the matter, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Sunday.

[snip]

Issa said he didn’t know why Lerner’s lawyers changed their mind, but suggested Lerner testifying was “in her best interest,” considering the recent evidence the committee had gathered.

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Nov
11
2013
3

White House to Darrell Issa: Please don’t expect transparency. Issa to WH: HAHAHA no.

Really, what did they expect?

This is the story of the House Oversight Committee’s request to have White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park appear at a Wednesday hearing about the rollout of HealthCare.gov. The hearing, announced last Thursday, listed Park among the five witnesses – all members of the Obama administration – called to testify.

The White House had attempted to decline the invitation the day before, in a letter to Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

[snip]

Issa responded the next day, noting that he was “disappointed” to receive the aforementioned letter and, as a means of expressing his disappointment, he issued a subpoena for Park’s appearance.

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Oct
10
2013
4

This is probably going to be a story in 2014.

It’s more on the epic blowup between local DC Democrats and national ones, and Darrell Issa is more than happy to pick a side:

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Oct
09
2013
8

The Cognitively Dissonant Eleanor Norton / Darrell Issa / Vincent Gray press conference.

I have been doing this gig for over a decade now; and I was engrossed by this press conference. Short version: DC Delegate Norton joined with DC Mayor Gray and House Oversight Chair Issa to rip Senate Democrats a new one over their refusal to pass a special House bill that would release DC’s funds.

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Sep
25
2013
5

“Immunity.” #irs #rumors

Let that word roll off of your tongue. It’s smooth. Silky. Rich. It’s a word that gets the attention of people like me… particularly when it’s brought up in the context of a government probe. And if this story checks out – big if, of course; rumors in This Town spawn like maggots on rotten meat* – then expect to hear that word coming to an Oversight Committee meeting near you:

IRS scandal figure Lois Lerner is negotiating through her lawyers with Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about possibly gaining immunity to testify again in the committee’s investigative hearings.

“The Chairman did not adjourn the hearing, he recessed it. Ms. Lerner remains under subpoena[**]. The Committee has not made any offer of immunity to Ms. Lerner. The Committee has, however, indicated a willingness to listen to any offers from her attorney about what she would testify to if it was offered,” Oversight Committee adviser Ali Ahmad told The Daily Caller.

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Sep
20
2013
5

Darrell Issa’s going to Libya to do some investigating. #benghazi

Can’t say that I blame him: the executive branch has thoroughly fornicated the canine on this one.

Darrell Issa is scheduled to travel to Libya next week as part of his investigation into the attack last year on the Benghazi consulate, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.

The California Republican, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, did not invite Democratic counterparts on the trip, which has been in the works for over a week and begins on Sunday with stops in Italy and Egypt.

Having seen the Democrats that got assigned Oversight… can’t say that I blame Issa for that, either. The only way any of them would discover a clue to what happened in Benghazi would be if one of the Democrats tried to obscure an incriminating footprint, over-balanced, and fell through a false wall and right into al-Qaeda’s hidden lair.  That’s not quite likely enough to be a reliable strategy, though.

Alas.

Moe Lane

Sep
18
2013
4

House Oversight committee thinking about having Hillary Clinton come in for a chat. #benghazi

Ooh.  I wonder if Issa will have to go as far as a subpoena:

Republicans are mulling whether to demand former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s return to Capitol Hill to face more tough questions about her agency’s failure to protect diplomats and security staff in Benghazi, Libya a year ago.

An aide to a high-ranking GOP member of the House Oversight and Government Affairs committee told MailOnline that the committee’s chairman, California Rep. Darrell Issa, ‘is dead serious’ about raking the likely 2016 presidential candidate over the coals in the future.

‘Look, it’s not like we’re getting great answers from the deputies and under secretaries,’ the staffer said on Wednesday. ‘So eventually you have to climb the ladder and swear Hillary in again.’

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Jun
26
2013
5

IRS Agents keep taking the Fifth.

Not to distract from the Supreme Court wars, but there’s an ostensibly nonpartisan situation going on over at House Oversight:

A second IRS employee summoned to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invoked the Fifth Amendment on Wednesday and refused to answer questions — a flashback to Lois Lerner, who did the same during a hearing on the agency’s scandal last month.

Gregory Roseman, who worked as a deputy director of acquisitions at the IRS, exercised his constitutional rights when Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) started interrogating him about panel findings that he helped a friend procure potentially $500 million worth of IRS contracts.

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Jun
26
2013
10

For the record: I do not like @RepDuckworth very much.

But DAMN.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, for the record, is a combat veteran who lost both feet (and most of the use of her arm) to enemy action. Braulio Castillo is a reported crony capitalist who allegedly used his IRS buddy to get a half-billion dollar contract. Castillo also apparently used a prep school foot injury to claim disabled veteran status, which is why Duckworth was using the rhetorical equivalent of an autopsy saw on him like that. (more…)

May
21
2013
7

Lois Lerner to take the Fifth tomorrow on role in IRS attacks on Tea Party.

Well, this should be fascinating to watch.

A letter obtained by The Los Angeles Times reveals that Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of overseeing requests for tax-exempt status who first broke the news of that division’s targeting of conservative groups, plans to invoke her right against self-incrimination in scheduled testimony before a House committee on Wednesday.

And here’s your moment of comedy! (more…)

May
18
2013
12

Darrell Issa, John Boehner not “taking the bait” with current White House scandals.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) This is not going to end up being a windmill joust against Barack Obama.  Much to the Democrats’ secret displeasure.

GOP leaders will help coordinate various House investigations into controversies involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State Department.

But the key Republican lawmaker with jurisdiction on all these matters said that a rerun of the Clinton-era probes won’t occur.

“These are all different agencies of government. This administration owns the failures, but not necessarily the direct blame … we’re looking at each individual case so it’s very different than what you view historically as a target where it [was] always about President Clinton. This isn’t about President Obama,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told The Hill.

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Jun
29
2012
5

Oversight Chair Darrell Issa makes Justice Department perfidy part of the official Operation Fast & Furious record.

A ways down below the fold is a description of a wiretap application by the Department of Justice (not the wiretap application itself) that had been provided to the House Oversight Committee by a whistle-blower, in response to Oversight’s investigation of the Justice Department’s Operation Fast & Furious debacle.  The information found in it would normally be not accessible to anybody outside of the committee – the information that it is describing is under court seal – but Oversight Chair Darrell Issa put said description in the Congressional Record, secure in the knowledge that the Speech & Debate Clause of the Constitution almost certainly protects him from any sort of retribution.  And, since it’s in the Congressional Record, it’s now by definition in the public record.

So let’s go. (more…)

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