Releases


July 22, 2014
Testimony: IRS Needed Only Two Days to Confirm Lerner Hard Drive Crash

“The Committee has obtained information that senior IRS leadership knew in February 2014 that e-mails on Ms. Lerner’s hard drive were unrecoverable,” Issa and Jordan write in today’s letter. “The IRS’s failure to disclose in a timely manner that it had destroyed evidence critical to congressional and criminal investigations is further reason that a special prosecutor is needed to thoroughly and independently investigate all facets of the IRS targeting.”

Issa Statement on Federal Circuit Court Upholding Challenge to Obamacare

“The court’s decision is consistent with the Committee’s oversight, which through multiple briefings and hearings, learned that neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Treasury Department conducted a serious or thorough analysis of the statute or the legislative history and intent prior to cobbling an ad hoc legal rationale for a key provision of the President’s healthcare law,” said Chairman Issa. “The Committee’s findings were the reason that I signed onto an amicus brief to invalidate the IRS rule which unlawfully expanded Obamacare’s spending and taxes.”

July 21, 2014
New Testimony: IRS May Still Have Missing Lois Lerner E-mails Backed Up

“I’m struck by the fact that the IRS attempted to keep a key witness like Mr. Kane away from investigators and only agreed to his appearance after I issued a subpoena for his testimony. Finding out that IRS Commissioner Koskinen jumped the gun in reporting to Congress that the IRS ‘confirmed’ all back-up tapes had been destroyed makes me even more suspicious of why he waited months to inform Congress about lost Lois Lerner e-mails. Commissioner Koskinen has repeatedly blamed the reporting delay on an effort to be sure what he said was correct, we now know that wasn’t the case.”

July 18, 2014
Issa, Grassley: Independent Review Needed of Suspect Gun Database Used in Operation Fast and Furious

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to update a 1996 report by re-examining all current systems and subsystems maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that contain…

Committee Offers White House Political Office Director David Simas Second Chance to Avoid Constitutional Clash

Issa pledges Committee will respect valid assertions of privilege if questions implicate protected presidential communications Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), in a letter to White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, offered White House political office Director David Simas a second chance to testify and avoid…

July 17, 2014
Issa, Jordan, Woodall Probe FDA’s Giveaway to Trial Lawyers

“FDA developed the proposed rule to ensure manufacturers of generic drugs would face liability, and resulting litigation, by establishing a process for generic drug manufacturers to change their label without prior FDA approval,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “It seems to us that the proposed rule is not designed to address a health or safety related concern, instead it is designed to placate special interests groups and increase lawsuits.”

Justice Department Investigating the IRS Commissioner’s Delay in Notifying Justice, Congress about Lerner’s Lost Emails

DAG Cole: We are looking into Koskinen’s delay in reporting the revelation that key witness’s evidence was lost In today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice’s response to the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative…

Justice Department’s IRS Targeting Investigation Only Learned of Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails After Media Reports

Revelation raises questions about the seriousness of DOJ effort, reinforces need for special prosecutor In response to a question from Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice’s response to the…

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.