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Video || Lerner Takes the Fifth; Cummings Throws a Fit

Former IRS official Lois Lerner, who headed up the division that targeted Tea Party groups, took the Fifth again today during her second appearance before the House Oversight Committee, refusing to answer any questions. It’s not that she absolutely refuses to testify. She’s haggling with the committee over whether she can get immunity for her remarks and perhaps make them in a private deposition instead

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Issa Demands Answers on State Department Coverup

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is demanding documents related to charges that senior aides to Secretary of State Clinton quashed Office of Inspector General probes into misbehavior by various State Department officials. Issa wrote today to State Department Deputy Inspector General Howard Geisel: “The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has jurisdiction over the community of federal inspectors general. One of the Committee’s

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Plouffe Suggests Issa May be a Criminal

The kerfuffle over House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a liar is nothing compared to the ugly Chicago, Alinskyite politics that reared its head in response. The very president who was supposed to be above something as pedestrian as politics has shown once again that he is in fact the ugliest practitioner of it since Richard Nixon. “Strong

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Carney Takes the High Road with Issa

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today immediately seized the high ground left wide open by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), repeatedly declining to respond to Issa’s charge that he is a “paid liar.” Instead, Carney used questions about the charge to launch into a discussion of President Obama’s commitment to getting to the bottom of the IRS matter. Carney spoke this afternoon during the daily

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Issa: Carney is a “Paid Liar”

Yeah, well, Issa probably is making a mistake by letting the White House know they’re getting to him. He seems a little hot under the collar. I mean, calling someone a paid liar in Washington is pretty much like accusing them of showing up for work.

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Lerner May Have Waived Right to Take the Fifth

Guess what? The lady may have protested too much! IRS official Lois Lerner may have waived her right to Fifth-Amendment sanctioned silence before the House Oversight Committee because she decided to issue an in-your-face statement during today’s hearing about how she never did anything wrong. Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Politico he plans to haul her . . . posterior . . . right

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Benghazi Consulate Scandal Grows

The scandal involving the possible failure of the Obama administration to adequately provide for the security of the Benghazi consulate, where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed Sept. 11, took a new turn today as Republicans revealed that the mission in Libya was denied resources in response to requests for more protection. In a letter to Secretary of State Clinton, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell

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Issa Panel Cites Holder for Contempt

Led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the House Oversight Committee this afternoon voted Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running operation. After Republicans defeated several Democratic amendments seeking to water down the contempt resolution, the panel moved through a resolution of contempt on 23-17 Party line vote. If a deal

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Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious

Updated 4:01 pm ET President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running operation, preventing their release to the House Oversight Committee. Nevertheless, the panel, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), continued with its procedure to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt for failing to turn them over. The presidential determination was formally in response to a request

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Oversight Panel to Vote on Citing Holder for Contempt

The House Oversight Committee will vote June 20 on whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been leading the investigation into the administration’s handling of the Fast and Furious gun running operation into Mexico, issued a statement today charging Holder with withholding evidence. The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other

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Issa Lays Out the Case for Holder Contempt Citation

But he’s not citing Holder for contempt yet. From Fox News: Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has circulated a lengthy pair of documents making the case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his “refusal” to cooperate in an investigation of the ill-fated Fast and Furious operation. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday sent to every

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Congress Set to Cite Holder for Contempt

Congressional Republicans are set to issue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, charging he has obstructed the Congressional investigation into the Fast and Furious Mexican gun running operation, according to CBS News. But the Huffington Post is reporting that the citation, which is would be designed to force the Justice Department to release thousands of documents related to the operation, may not be

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