Not even the truth can stop Issa's witch-hunt.

Yesterday, Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings released the full transcript of a five-hour hearing on the IRS's alleged targeting of Tea Party Groups. And – it proves everything Congressman Cummings has been saying all along – the White House was not involved in deciding which groups were required to provide additional information to the IRS before getting tax-exempt status. Congressman Cummings released the 200-page document after charging that House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa has misrepresented the Committee's findings by saying they found evidence of “Washington involvement.”

According to the transcript, the only Washington-based IRS officials who reviewed the applications were part of a technical specialty group that was handling the case because it was “high-profile”, and working to ensure the all similar applications were processed in a uniform manner. Chairman Issa released a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed that Ranking Member Cummings has decided to broadly disseminate” the transcript, and says it will “serve as a roadmap for IRS officials to navigate investigative interviews with Congress.”

However, his concern did not prevent his office from releasing portions of the transcript that deceptively imply White House involvement. Congressman Darrell Issa has purposely blurred the line between a tech-support group located in Washington, D.C. and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Congressman Elijah Cummings has made a bold attempt to shed light on the situation, but it's doubtful that anything – even the blatant truth – will stop Darrell Issa from pursuing this political witch hunt.

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Kend 9 years 24 weeks ago
#1

I think the witch hunt is over they already found the witch. It is very clear what went on there, and it was under the watch of the Feds. Shame on them.

ScottFromOz 9 years 24 weeks ago
#2

You're correct in saying that the truth won't stop the witch hunt. The Republicans have NEVER been seeking the truth. Their only interest is in confecting scandal after scandal in the hope of improving their election prospects...the truth is irrelevant. Just as the birthers wouldn't believe documented evidence of Obama's heritage (it didn't suit their bias and hatred) the Republicans flatly reject any reality that doesn't suit their agenda.

What really needs to happen is for Obama and the Democrats to take this game up to the Republicans and stop playing defense. They need to go on the attack about how much time and money the Republicans are wasting on smear campaigns instead of getting on helping govern the country which is what we pay those bastards to do. The Pres and the Dems need to start the drumbeat of deadbeat Repubs and just hammer them endlessly. No press conference or public statement by any administration official should be missed as an opportunity to bad-mouth the Republicans for their intransigence, obstructionism and treasonous actions. The administration needs to put the Republicans on the defensive for a change.

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michaelmoore052 9 years 24 weeks ago
#3

I've never met Darrell Issa, but I think he will succumb to a horrible flesh-eating brain disease. It will be party time.

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leighmf 9 years 24 weeks ago
#4

GHW Bush has more influence over IRS, among other agencies, than the White House.

howardb4 9 years 24 weeks ago
#5

Just one more small item depicting the bizarre nature of Congress people and their unpricncipled, fraudulent and amoral behavior. This has been happening daily for as long as I can remember. and it will continue until the thinking and value choices of the American people metamorphose out of their fantasies concerning their own lives.

This country's elected representstives of both corrupt parties have been responsible for the ongoing murders of hundreds of thousands Islamic people for years now. We have had two presidents, one from each disgusting political party, start massive criminal assaults on at least three Islamic countries, with the murder of thousands of innocents. Obama's drones have and are mudering scores of innocent children and we have time to talk about a possible IRS scandal! Our rotten political system has actually taken down this country in every way possible and still we have the time and energy to choose to discuss this sordid issue.

The Bush president hi jacked the American Military, lied to the country he was elected to the presidency of, lied to the rest of the world, criminally invaded Iraq to satisfy his own personal agenda, destroyed the infrastructure of that country, is personally responsible for the murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent civilian men, women and children and we helped him build his personal library while he enjoys the ardor of so many empty headed and immoral Americans, plus a very large pension 'for a job well done'!!

And now we another president who has continued the murder of innocent civilian men, women and children, has placed himself above the American constitution, has made himself prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner of Americans he decides that should be assassinated. He has already murdered four Americans with no charges or evidence or court trial. The Fourth Amendment exists only on some old decrepit parchment called the Bill of Rights. He lies daily, has allowed the Federal Government and private corporations of his choice to listen into and steal the records of communication of American citizens. And this is only a partial list of his criminal activities.

So here we have two men, each belonging to a supposed different ideological political party, both of whom were elected to the highest office of the land, both are criminals, liars, murderers and both are celebrated by the citizens of their country.

Truly, what strange and peculiar limits are forced upon the electorate of this country, to, in actuality, not have the option of electing a law abiding man/woman of integrity, honesty and morality. In other words, the two major political parties were quite satisfied with their choice of iniquitous candidates leaving the electorate no choice. And both while in office, with their overt nefarious behavior on display, supported by an equally corrupt congress.

Just where, with an intellect and moral sense like ours do you think this country is headed? Are we there already? I think so!

So let the powers that be coral our focus with more political finger pointing, while the evil that truly runs this wretched country continues to work to dismantle the last underpinnings of this place called the USA.

paine76 9 years 24 weeks ago
#6

I know it's crude, but then so are the repigs.
I think "felonious" issa is a sub human piece of s**t.

That's all there is to it.

paine76 9 years 24 weeks ago
#7

Absolutely, and the sooner the better.

Actually, now that I think about it, repigs "felonious" issa ARE a flesh eating disease.

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2950-10K 9 years 24 weeks ago
#8

ScottFromOZ: Offense by the Democrats regarding the IRS scandal is pretty simple. Although it first might require some testosterone injections, offense by our democratic elected officials would be to flat out demand prosecution of all political groups who lied on their IRS applications by claiming to be primarily active in the promotion of social welfare. That would include all Tea Party organizations with this exempt status. Let the Kochs pay all their legal fees. Incidentally, I notice the corp. media hasn't mentioned a damn word about this......the real scandal....what a shock!

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DAnneMarc 9 years 24 weeks ago
#9
Quote howardb4:Just where, with an intellect and moral sense like ours do you think this country is headed? Are we there already? I think so!

No my friend I don't think we are there yet. Too much doesn't make sense to me. Why pass legislations eliminating posse comitatus? Why construct prison camps in the wilderness? Why the elimination of habeas corpus and declaration of the policy of indefinite detention? Why the Georgia Guidestone monument?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

Why issue military weapons to local police forces? Why destroy the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendments ? Why destroy our manufacturing base with free trade and plunge our workers wages into infantile servitude with drastic plans for immigration reform and open borders? Why divert every penny from education and social programs to the military? The only answer to these questions in an intentional plan to subject the American masses to abject poverty, desperation, widespread imprisonment and helplessness. That can only mean, if true, a underlying plan for world domination. Convert the population into helpless slaves suited only for military inscription and menial labor. Such ambitious plans in the past have always failed. Too few wanting too much. I doubt this plan has any greater chance of succeeding. Unfortunately, however, we The American People are fated to be the direct and indirect victims of this scheme. First, we will be subdued by the Government. Then we will be attacked by the world. Our fate is sealed; unless, we find a way to stop the madness. The malefactors in this matter are hopelessly outnumbered. So were they in Germany in the 30's. That didn't stop the tyrants from their reign of terror back then. There really is nothing that can stop us from turning this mess around; except the loss of the ability to unify. Only through unification can the shear power of the numbers make its presence known. As John Lennon said, "Come Together, right now!" If we wait we may lose the wherewithal we need to succeed. That, I believe is the whole goal of all this nefarious activity. Weakening the masses beyond the point where they can unify.

Everything else a a charade designed to make us think our problems are less critical than they really are.

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2950-10K 9 years 24 weeks ago
#10

Issa has a little credibility problem, that problem includes car theft several times, illegal weapons charge, association with insurance fraud/ arson, attempted insurance fraud by reporting a false car theft, and who knows what else. This man is a congressman???? I know one thing, he's a fraudster.

Reminds me of Rick Scott. I've asked many Florida voters how they could have voted for Scott and it's always the same answer, they were unaware of his Medicaid fraud scandal. Once again, our corp. media is doing a hell of a job.

DFMM's picture
DFMM 9 years 24 weeks ago
#11

The correct pronunciation of Issa is "is a;" and his full name is; "Darrell Is A Crybaby."

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intok 9 years 24 weeks ago
#12

Has it been brought up yet that a single billionaire has bought up most of the 6th largest Hawaiian island? http://developers.slashdot.org/story/13/06/16/031227/larry-ellison-rejuv...

Ellison now owns nearly everything on the island, including many of the candy-colored plantation-style homes and apartments, one of the two grocery stores, the two Four Seasons hotels and golf courses, the community center and pool, water company, movie theater, half the roads and some 88,000 acres of land.
Mr. Ellison's Lanai Resorts owns and manages 400 of the more than 1,500 housing units on the island.

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KenyanBornObama 9 years 24 weeks ago
#13

No Witch hunt!

Obama is not eligible, WAKE UP PEOPLE Read the facts:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zPRYmTSeOpSvXr0rXVun-WIw1OtWxYY9dOst...

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DHBranski 9 years 24 weeks ago
#14

Propaganda 101: Ignore the facts. Anything, repeated often enough, will be accepted as fact by the masses.

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DHBranski 9 years 24 weeks ago
#15

On the "Come Together" point -- that was already settled, largely by the Clintons. In the past, each time the richest few gained a dangerous degree of power over government, to the great harm of the country, the poor and middle class united to successfully push back. With this in mind, the primary goal of the Gingrich/Clinton era was to deeply divide the "masses," pitting the middle class against the poor. Divide and conquer. To date, this strategy has been remarkably successful. Occupy could have been the turning point. What began as an extrtaordinary people's movement was quickly redefined (mainly by liberal media) as a movement of middle class workers alone, the better-off. So, the rest of us walked away, and Occupy died (in spite of many efforts to revive it).

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