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.”
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.
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?