Official Wrote of “Building Leadership” Concerns about Talking Points WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter seeking more information about why State Department leadership was concerned by the original talking points drafted following the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi….
“Documents recently produced to the Committee demonstrate that FEC personnel communicated with IRS personnel about tax-exempt groups engaged in political activities,” the Chairmen write. “For instance, William Powers, an FEC official in the Office of the General Counsel, e-mailed Lois Lerner, then-Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, on February 3, 2009, seeking information about the American Issues Project and the American Future Fund.”
“If our government knows who perpetrated the attack that killed four Americans, it is critical that they be questioned and placed in custody of U.S. officials without delay,” said Chairman Issa. “Osama Bin Laden had been criminally charged long before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but was not apprehended. Delays in apprehending the suspected Benghazi killers will only put American lives at further and needless risk.”
“During the past two weeks, President Obama and you have repeatedly labeled the IRS’s strategy of targeting Americans for their political beliefs as a ‘phony’ scandal. While the Obama Administration has so publicly deflected responsibility for the targeting, it simultaneously has attempted to thwart congressional oversight into the matter… the IRS has engaged in a systematic effort to delay, frustrate, impede, and obstruct the Committee’s investigation,” Issa writes in a letter to Lew accompanying the subpoena.
On a vote of 239-176, the House of Representatives today adopted H.R. 2879, the Stop Government Abuse Act. H.R. 2879 incorporates three separate bills approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, at a special panel discussion with the Republican Study Committee, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (CA-49) took the President to task over his “phony scandal” rhetoric, saying: “Brian Terry’s family does not call [his death related to Operation Fast and Furious] a phony death when…
“After ignoring requests for months, the State Department has left no alternative but to issue subpoenas for documents relevant to our investigation,” said Issa. “State Department tactics to delay and impede accountability have exhausted the Committee’s patience. Further subpoenas may also be necessary if the Department is not forthcoming on other requests.”
WASHINGTON – On the news that President Obama has nominated John Koskinen, former non-executive chairman of Freddie Mac, to be the new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., offered the following statement: “The first question Mr. Koskinen must answer is…
WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Henserling, R-Texas, sent a letter yesterday to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray about concerns that senior employees have left CFPB in order to profit from the very rules they…
“Drug dealers are turning to IRS identity theft because it’s less risky and more lucrative. There are 78% more incidents this year than last year,” said Chairman Mica. “This is not a ‘phony scandal’- this is a real problem costing taxpayers billions and the Administration is failing to act.”