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Jul 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 ...

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Jul 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 retail firearms purchaser data in order to ensure compliance with legal protections against the government amassing data on ...

Jul 18, 2014

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 ...

Jul 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.”

IRS
Jul 17, 2014

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 ...

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Jul 17, 2014

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 ...

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Jul 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 ...

Jul 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 ...

Jul 15, 2014

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.”

Jul 15, 2014

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.”