“Conservative Republican” ran Cincinnati IRS office that investigated Tea Party

It was reveled Sunday, to little fanfare, that, far from the IRS investigation of Tea Party groups being a massive liberal plot, in fact, the man who runs the IRS’ Cincinnati field office, that targeted the Tea Party, is a “conservative Republican.”

Oops.

GOP Congressman Darrell Issa, who is running the Republican party’s Inquisition over the IRS brouhaha, has refused to date to release the full transcripts of his committees interviews with the local IRS employees.

Instead, Issa has been cherry-picking what information to release, in the same way congressional Republicans tried to leak, piecemeal, (fake) emails from the Obama White House about the Benghazi attack, in an effort to distort what actually happened.  It wasn’t until the full email record was released that we found out the GOP smaller leaks were a fake.

Thus, there’s a lot of concern out there about what Issa is hiding, and why he won’t release the full transcripts of the interviews his committee conducted with IRS employees about this issue.

What's not to trust about a 59 year old guy without a single gray hair?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Issa is being so tight-lipped about information surrounding these accusations, that he refuses to even fully explain his accusations of White House wrongdoing, let alone prove them.  For example, Issa recently accused White House spokesman Jay Carney of being a “paid liar” about the IRS investigation.  But when asked to explain what Carney actually lied about, Issa fell silent.

Issa has been so silent about details and proof that it’s almost looking as if Cong. Issa is sitting in the middle of his own conspiracy of deception.

And now we learn, via Cong. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), that additional transcripts show the head of the Cincinnati office to be a self-proclaimed “conservative Republican,” which appears to directly contradict Cong. Issa’s claims that Democrats coordinated the entire investigation.

More from CNN on just how much the new transcripts undercut Issa’s unsubstantiated claims:

Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” last Sunday that interviews with workers in the Cincinnati IRS office indicated the targeting of conservative groups was “a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters – and we’re getting to proving it.”

“My gut tells me that too many people knew this wrongdoing was going on before the election, and at least by some sort of convenient, benign neglect, allowed it to go on through the election,” Issa said. “I’m not making any allegations as to motive, that they set out to do it, but certainly people knew it was happening.”

But in the interview excerpts released by Cummings, the charge of political motivation is refuted by the Cincinnati manager, who described himself to investigators as a “conservative Republican.”

“I do not believe that the screening of these cases had anything to do other than consistency and identifying issues that needed to have further development,” the manager said, according to the document released by the Democratic staff of the Oversight Committee.

Even better, Issa was forced to respond to respond to testimony that was leaked, and then claimed, incredibly, that “the testimony excerpts Ranking Member Cummings revealed today did not provide anything enlightening or contradict other witness accounts.”

Well, actually, Issa claimed that the entire investigation was coordinated by Democrats in Washington, and the local head of the office that actually did the investigations said not only did he have “no reason to believe that,” but that he was in charge of the investigations, and he’s a conservative Republican.

So, actually, contrary to what Cong. Issa just said, the new testimony directly contradicts everything Issa has claimed to date.

But hey, why get in the way of a fabulous lie?


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  • AlanBeasleyNY LegacyOfSuccess

    This article is false, is totally illogical, and has been thoroughly debunked by the Congressional Hearings! (Typical liberal – ignores all known facts. What a dumb ass.. he he )
    If the author watched the IRS hearings, he’s know that story about a Republican was made up. The original story the WH planned to use – was that a Cincinnati protest got out of hand… but some felt it’s been overused.
    Read Peggy Noon’s Op-Ed. She explains how ALL of the IRS (mostly DC) was “providing bad customer service in, oddly, the exact identical way.

  • DowntwnDavis

    Did the article even mention the guys name?

  • F M

    Here’s the Washington Post on the emails about Benghazi that Republicans supposedly “doctored.” You’ll notice they gave the claim three pinocchios – (IOW, it was false).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-white-house-claim-of-doctored-e-mails-to-smear-the-president/2013/05/20/a23343b6-c19e-11e2-8bd8-2788030e6b44_blog.html

  • whittierte
  • Dan Hydar

    Heh. You seem to be expressing the attitude that got the Obama administration into the IRS scandal in the first place.

  • Dan Hydar

    It’s actually kinda sad that the political affiliation of *one* guy is supposed to magically make the whole scandal go away.

    Grasping at straws, anyone?

  • Ty Morgan

    Well, well so much for the “liberal conspiracy”. This one is dead, anything else?

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    The gop pigs STILL have not fully investigated the t-baggers! What are these bigots hiding?!?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    True, Issa was so tainted that even the CA GOP shunned him.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    An investigation of Issa is long overdue, especially his use of tax payer money to build infrastructure to support his business investments.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    With so many genuine scandals and instances of Executive branch overreach, it’s telling that Issa always goes for the least relevant. He’s looking only for political dirty tricks and hoping he’ll be the one to uncover this generation’s Watergate — but would be satisfied with a Whitewater.

    In other words, a made-up phony scandal just so there can be endless investigations from the political side — and none at all touching on the real crimes of unconstitutional and illegal misdeeds from this Administration. Where’s the outcry from Issa on the AP wiretaps? Or the manufactured legal rationale for extrajudicial execution via indiscriminate drone strikes within nation with whom we are not at war?

    In short, Issa is not and never has been sincere — but then again, his personal history shows he’s nothing more than a sleaze merchant.

  • Whitewitch

    Oh really – lied did he – imagine… Issa is a criminal, always has been, if he can’t win fair and square he will resort to torching the truth (along with a building he didn’t want to pay for any more).

  • SkippyFlipjack

    ah, Darrell Issa, the guy who funded the ‘grass roots’ signature drive to get rid of California Governor Gray Davis to the tune of a million bucks so that he could run for the office himself once Davis was gone, only to be rebuffed by the state GOP.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The Tea Party, the Democrats, the Republicans, the Libertarians, and the christer, judaic and islamic cults should all be thoroughly investigated because they’re all led and organized by felons who commit fraud on a daily basis but won’t ever see the inside of a prison.

    Obama should be impeached and convicted for his racist murders of American citizens – Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed – but that won’t won’t happen and if it did he’d be replaced by someone just as bad.

  • JustAskin

    I am still flabbergasted. But needless to say any organization that claims to be a non-profit community group who’s basic principle is of a political nature should lose any tax exempt status (Yes, this includes Left, Right, or Other)

  • keirmeister

    Issa is an embarrassment. It seems clear he is abusing his office, and should be censured and lose his chairmanship of the Oversight Committee.

    I know…good luck with that.

  • Indigo

    Oh? Why does our Blue Dog Admin cover for the Republicans? maybe it’s just a WSJ thing. In that case, we’re going to need to dump the package and, please note, that package includes Ms Hillary.

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