Releases


July 16, 2014
As Senior White House Advisor Defies Congressional Subpoena, Committee Releases Audio Recording of Cabinet Secretary Making Illegal Campaign Solicitation

“Hi—this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign on Friday at La Fonda at 6 p.m. Steven Smith, an attorney, and his staff are helping us [inaudible]. There are a lot of folks that we know that are coming but wanted to ask you if you might help contribute or get other folks to help out. I would encourage you to call this number, [inaudible]–that’s his assistant– at [phone number] and you can call [the attorney] yourself who’s a good friend, an attorney, good friend of mine, at [phone number]. And it’s for a Friday event at La Fonda [inaudible] we’re just trying to raise money to show that we have support here in [inaudible].”

July 15, 2014
Issa Statement on White House’s Claim of Immunity from Oversight Subpoena

“The Obama White House’s claim that David Simas, the director of its political office, is absolutely immune from testifying before Congress is a sweeping assertion that a federal court has already rejected. In Committee on the Judiciary v. Miers, a case brought by Congressional Democrats in 2008, a federal judge found that the idea of absolute immunity of a White House official from a Congressional subpoena was ‘unprecedented.’ Relying on Supreme Court authority, the Court held that even if the President of the United States asserts executive privilege, senior advisors to the President of the United States are ‘not absolutely immune from congressional process.’ Flouting a federal judge’s opinion about our system of checks and balances is yet another attack on our Nation’s Constitution by this President.

Issa to White House: Office of Political Strategy and Outreach Director Simas Must Testify Wednesday

“The Clinton White House, Bush White House, and other administrations before them have all faced congressional oversight of political activity supported by taxpayer funds,” wrote Issa. “Under this Administration, like previous Administrations, members of President Obama’s cabinet have committed violations of the Hatch Act, which draws a line between campaign and official business.”

Issa, Cummings Praise Bipartisan House Passage of Legislative Reforms

“The House has approved legislative reforms that will streamline government and help it work more effectively,” said Chairman Issa. “From allowing federal workers to prepare better for retirement to providing protections for whistleblowers, these measures will improve the efficiency and operations of the federal government, and I urge prompt Senate passage.”

July 14, 2014
“I don’t understand how anyone but straight white men can vote Republican”

“As a part of a settlement agreement with the [Office of Special Counsel], Ms. [April] Sands admitted to violating the Hatch Act by soliciting political contributions via Twitter, conducting political activity through her Twitter account, and participating in a political discussion ‘via webcam from an FEC conference room . . . while on duty,’” Issa and Jordan write in their letter. “The FEC [Office of Inspector General] sought to pursue criminal charges stemming from Ms. Sands’s solicitation of political contributions while on duty inside the FEC building. However, the FEC recycled Ms. Sands’s hard drive before the OIG was able to seize it, and therefore the OIG was unable to show that Ms. Sands’s solicitations and political activity were done from an FEC computer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia thereafter declined criminal prosecution.”

July 11, 2014
Oversight Committee Details State Department Efforts to Obstruct Benghazi Investigation in 37 Page Letter to Select Committee

“In response to your request, I am providing detailed background information regarding the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s outstanding Benghazi-related document requests to the Executive Branch, as well as the status of any Benghazi-related production and compliance issues,” wrote Issa to Gowdy. “To be precise, the Department has not provided a full and complete response to two subpoenas, nor has the Department provided all documents responsive to many written requests. Moreover, the Department used numerous tactics to obstruct this investigation.”

Oversight Hearing to Examine Campaign, Fund-Raising Role of White House Political Office

“In an effort to appease its political allies, the Obama Administration broadcast its intention to re-open a political office within the White House to assist in partisan election efforts and fundraising,” said Chairman Issa. “This follows a serious pattern of behavior at the highest levels of the Administration. Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, both members of President Obama’s cabinet, were faulted by the Office of Special Counsel for inappropriately using their offices in violation of the Hatch Act. This hearing will examine abuses of taxpayer funds for political gain and the level of White House commitment to preventing them.”

July 9, 2014
New E-mails Show Lerner Intentionally Sought to Hide Information from Congress

‘I was cautioning folks about email and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails … we need to be cautious about what we say in emails’ he House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today released new e-mails at a hearing with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen showing…

July 7, 2014
Members Call on White House for Leadership Change at Chemical Safety Board

“[The Chemical Safety Board] has a vital public safety mission—to investigate industrial chemical accidents, report on the causes of the accidents and make recommendations to prevent future tragedies,” the lawmakers state in the letter. “Chairman Moure-Eraso’s leadership is making it difficult for the agency to fulfill its mission. Immediate change in CSB leadership is necessary to allow this besieged agency to heal and regain focus on its public safety mission.”

July 2, 2014
Issa Offers IRS Commissioner Opportunity to Amend Conflicting Lerner Testimony

Koskinen’s Statements at Hearing Contradict Lerner’s Atty Statements on Federal Records Act Compliance House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today offered Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen a chance to amend his June 23rd testimony that former IRS official Lois Lerner followed the Federal Records Act,…