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IRS
Jun 9, 2014

IRS’s Lois Lerner had Database of Tax Exempt Organizations Sent to FBI Weeks before 2010 Midterm Elections

“We were extremely troubled by this new information, and by the fact that the IRS has withheld it from the Committee for over a year,” write Issa and Jordan to IRS Commissioner Koskinen. “We were astonished to learn days ago from the Justice Department that these 21 disks contained confidential taxpayer information protected by federal law. We ask that you immediately produce all material explaining how these disks were prepared and transmitted to the FBI.”

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Jun 5, 2014

Issa Statement on Agency Dropping Charges Against Calif. Tree-Trimmer

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement in response to the news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice will not be pursuing charges against Ernesto Pulido, a California tree-trimmer who unintentionally injured five baby birds while performing a job for which the U.S. Postal Service had hired him. “I’m glad to hear that in the case of Mr. Pulido, the bureaucratic bullies ...

May 30, 2014

Announcement on June 12 Hearing with Secretary Kerry

“Seeing Secretary Kerry and others, who have worked to obstruct critical oversight of Congress’ investigations into Benghazi, attempt to use the upcoming June 12 hearing as a shield against the Select Committee tells me it’s time to reassess. It’s been disappointing to watch a long serving former Senator, like Secretary Kerry, squirm his way to what I’m doing today – releasing him from the upcoming hearing commitment he made only after we issued him a subpoena.

May 30, 2014

Issa Statement on VA Secretary Shinseki’s Resignation

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following statement on the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki: “Our veterans, who sacrificed their safety and risked their lives for their country, deserve the best care our nation can provide. It is our duty to ensure that no veteran is ever subjected to excessive wait times or substandard care. With Secretary Shinseki’s resignation today, ...

May 29, 2014

Report: DOJ’s Operation Choke Point Secretly Pressured Banks to Cut Ties with Legal Business

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today released a staff report, The Department of Justice’s “Operation Choke Point”:  Illegally Choking Off Legitimate Businesses?, on the DOJ’s wide-ranging investigation of banks and payment processors. The ostensible goal of the investigation is to combat mass-market consumer fraud by foreclosing fraudsters’ access to payment systems.  However, today’s report finds the true ...

May 28, 2014

Issa Questions Federal Prosecution Referral of Calif. Tree-Trimmer

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Daniel Ashe questioning the agency’s decision to press charges against a California tree-trimmer who inadvertently violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) while performing a job commissioned by the U.S. Postal ...

May 27, 2014

Issa Presses White House on Office of Political Affairs Documents, Claims Contradicted by Office of Special Counsel

“The American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being spent to support congressional campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections in violation of federal law,” Issa writes in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

May 23, 2014

Statement on Secretary Kerry’s Decision to Testify before the Oversight Committee

WASHINGTON – Frederick Hill, a spokesman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Chairman Darrell Issa, today released the following statement in response to a communication from the State Department that Secretary John Kerry will testify before the Committee: “Today, the State Department informed the Oversight Committee that Secretary of State Kerry will testify in person but asked for a postponement.  As the State Department has moved away from pushing the ...

IRS
May 22, 2014

Issa Statement on IRS Reversal on Political Speech Rule

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following statement on Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen’s decision to scrap a proposed rule to limit political speech by nonprofit and social welfare organizations: “I am pleased the Internal Revenue Service has at least temporarily heeded the serious concerns expressed by myself and countless others, and has decided to scrap its proposed rule change restricting ...

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May 22, 2014

Testimony: In 2010, Justice Department Sought Lois Lerner’s Help to Prosecute Tax Exempt Groups Engaging in Politics

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, today requested that the Department of Justice make DOJ Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith available for a transcribed interview. The request comes after ...

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