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Issa Gets His Ass Handed To Him

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Pompous, self-important and arrogant. Oh, I'm sorry. I was just musing at the picture above of Darrell Issa, the GOP scandal monger who chairs what used to be a respected position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Now it's the House Rumor and Innuendo Committee Starring Darrell Issa.

Once again today, Issa called in a hostile witness in the IRS scandal hearings that over the past year have yielded zero instances of law breaking, bias or even bending. If anything they have served to prove in substantiated, fully vetted evidence, the fact that the IRS acted more judgmentally against liberal causes than conservative ones.

But here we are again today. Talking Points Memo:

Issa had summoned former IRS director Lois Lerner before the Congressional committee. Lerner pleaded the Fifth Amendment, declining to comment for the investigation, which has dragged on for months, in spite of a complete lack of evidence to indicate that conservative groups were being targeted by the tax agency.

With her simple plea of her constitutionally guaranteed privilege, Ms. Lerner took the 5th. Issa then took it on himself to bang the gavel to close the hearings, determining unilaterally that he could see no purpose in continuing.

Elijah Cummings

Whoops. Darrell done loosed the fateful lightning of Cummings terrible swift sword, shouting:

“I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America! I am tired of this,” he said. “You cannot just have a one-sided investigation. There is absolutely something wrong with that and it is absolutely un-American.”

Cummings went on to say that over the course of the last year, the investigation has squandered more than $14 million and “we have found no evidence to support allegations of a political conspiracy against conservative groups.”

And Cummings didn't stop there. He gave Chairman Issa a lashing the likes of which haven't been seen since Patsy was beaten nearly to death in 12 Years A Slave. Don't take my word for it... this is pure entertainment.

And stay to the end. You won't want to miss the punchline added by an off-camera  House member on the committee. Add this to your priceless list.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) stated what many of us have been thinking about Darrell Issa

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issa

Let's take a stroll down Memory Lane, shall we?

-- Oops! Dems accuse Darrell Issa of leaking misinformation about #Obamacare

-- Top Democrats rip Darrell Issa after his document dump endangered Libyans working with U.S., damaged U.S. efforts.

For many moons, we at The Political Carnival (among others) have been calling out Rep. Issa (R- NoCredibilityWhatsoever) for his reckleess leakitude. We have company: Now Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with none other than the White House its own self, are piling on.

The Hill:

Since you became Chairman of the Committee in 2011, you and your staff have engaged in a reckless pattern of leaking sensitive information and documents to promote political narratives that turn out to be inaccurate after further investigation,” wrote [Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)], who is the committee’s ranking Democrat.

“You have ignored repeated requests to consult first with Committee Members, law enforcement officials, and agency experts to understand how your disclosures might harm our national interests. As a result, under your leadership the Committee has become a virtual revolving door of leaks and misinformation.

Issa's pursuing his most recent pet witch hunt, sniffing and digging and snooping around Fast and Furious Solyndra Benghazi The Affordable Care Act. Again. He apparently felt it absolutely vital to our national health, well being, and salvation to issue a subpoena to MITRE Corp., a contractor dealing with security issues at the ACA website.

Why, when you stop and think about it, he's America's very own private insurance policy against Kenyan Marxist private insurance policies! Whew! I feel safer already!

Cummings used words like “unnecessary and confrontational” to describe the cry for media attention subpoena and pretty much said that Rep. Issa (R- SelfAggrandizement) wants physical copies of unredacted reports so he can leak a fresh new batch of whoppers.

And don't get me started on Issa's timing:

Cummings also accused Issa of rushing to issue the subpoena for the documents while he was returning from the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela. He said Issa’s staff rejected requests by Democratic staffers to wait until he returned, and that he and the chairman had an agreement to consult one another before issuing subpoenas.

As Jay Carney noted, Rep. Benghazi!!!! (R-STFU) keeps politicizing everything in sight by releasing sensitive or classified information that only “partially reflect what’s happening." Or as I like to call it, lying like the rug dead thing on Rand Paul's head.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings: Darrell Issa broke own rules on Libya trip. Oops.

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admitting you're an asshole is the first step

It goes without saying that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is a hypocrite. We've covered that here at TPC over and over again.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the committee, is blasting Issa for his hypocrisy, too, this time for violating his own rules on committee travel. Bummer.

Guess why Issa decided it's time for a trip... Hint:

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Yes, Investigator Issa's off to Libya to look into (again) the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and oops! Per TPM, he "failed to specify a clear enough purpose and provide sufficient opportunity for Democratic lawmakers to join the delegation."

Here are some excerpts from a letter from Rep. Cummings to Rep. NoCredibilityWhatsoever:

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I am writing to request that you immediately postpone your upcoming delegation to Libya and several other countries until you come into compliance with your own Committee directives, stop your partisan efforts to deliberately exclude Democrats from this trip, and provide adequate notice to allow Democratic Members to join this delegation at a later date. [...]

The only congressional travelers on this itinerary are you and your Republican staffer.  No Democratic Members are listed on the itinerary, and you have not contacted me or my staff about this trip. [...]

I have obtained other documents showing that you have been planning this delegation for more than a week, so there are no exigencies that would have prohibited you from consulting with Democrats.  Although you claim that your investigation of the Benghazi attacks is bipartisan, your efforts to secretly plan an official trip to Libya—and then deliberately exclude Democrats from joining—is part of an unfortunate pattern of partisanship that undermines the credibility of this investigation.

Busted.

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“This new info should put nail in coffin of GOP claims that IRS politically motivated, targeted only one side"

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stfu shut your pie hole

Those hypocritical, desperate Republicans and their weepy, manipulative "We're the victims!" ways. See, GOP, if you're going to do the "poor little us" thing, at least make an effort to be honest about it. This is why you've been busted by Dems and the media so many times.

Why, here's one of those times now!

The Hill:

House Democrats said Tuesday that the IRS closely scrutinized potential successors to ACORN [the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] and other Democratic groups — evidence they say proves that the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups was not politically motivated.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) released new IRS training materials on Tuesday that listed progressive and Tea Party groups as potentially political organizations seeking tax-exempt status.

ACORN-style groups were among those they referred to. ACORN, an anti-poverty organization, was defunded years ago. (And before it disbanded, ACORN was demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.)

But back to the "Don't pick on us!" GOP talking point...

This new information should put a nail in the coffin of the Republican claims that the IRS's actions were politically motivated or were targeted at only one side of the political spectrum,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement. “It is time for House Republicans to stop trying to score political points and start to focus on reforming the IRS.”

House Republicans should stop trying to score political points? What? Is he serious? Cummings must have missed this: Issa vows to expand Benghazi probe.

nice try smaller

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This Time Darrell Issa's Gone Too Far

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God

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa has stepped over the line this time. He's just subpoenaed God.

Yup, you heard me right. The chairman's demanding The Chairman, God, come before him and his congressional committee. God'll be sworn in to Himself -- after all, who's He going to swear the truth to if not Himself -- So help him self -- then He'll be expected to answer some questions?

But first you have to contact God. You can't just expect God to stop his busy schedule and show up because Issa snapped his fingers. We have rules and that means contacting the witness directly and ordering Him to appear. Fortunately, Issa has his ways. And even more fortunate for us, the NSA hidden spying operation picked up this exchange (a warrant-less interception) on the Issa-God subpoena notification. Using one of my many contacts on the inside, I was able to get a copy. See for yourself how it went down. (it starts at around 0:32 seconds in)

Upon his arrival on Capitol Hill, God was seated and interrogated by the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Ranking member, Elijah Cummings, was present as well for this closed-door hearing on Obamacare.

A little back story on how this bold move came about. This began when Issa wasn't satisfied with the documents provided to the committee from the treasury department. These were records Issa sought relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Tired of the Obama administration's stalling tactics, the chairman sought a higher authority. He's skipped right over Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's boss, President Obama, and went straight to God.

(Just a thought, if Issa serves a snack at the hearing, do you think it'll be Hebrew National Kosher hot dogs? They too answer to a "higher authority.")

Back to the closed door hearing. Surprisingly God agreed to answer Issa's prayers and appeared. You gotta hand it to God to put all of His work aside to meet with the committee. It's a miracle that this God person, with so much on His plate, would put aside feast and famine, joy and sorrow, sickness and health and even put new life and death on hold for this.

While awaiting the official transcripts from this closed door hearings preliminary information was leaked:

Issa: Mr. God... What should I call you?

God: Whatever you like. I answer to all.

Issa: Yes, well, Mr. God. I know you're busy, so I'll get right to the point. We all know Obamacare is bad for us.

[pause]

God: Oh, is that a question? I never said that.

Issa: We wouldn't want to put words in your mouth, but you did gave the idea of Obamacare to the Democrats. I assumed if it was good for us, you'd have given the idea to the GOP first. After all, we're just one letter off from G-O-D.

God: I did give it to you first. Remember the '70s when you and your brother were stealing cars? Do the names Richard Nixon, Bob Dole and Bill Frist mean anything to you?

Issa: They're all dead?

God: One for three. Go ahead. Forget I asked.

Issa: Yes. Now about Obamacare specifically. The text of the Affordable Care Act refers to subsidies flowing through exchanges "established by the state." I assume that to mean it limits the subsidies to state-based exchanges, and not the federally run marketplaces.

God: There you go with assume again.

Issa: The Treasury and the IRS say Congress intended for federally run exchanges to take the place of state-based marketplaces in the states that chose not to set up their own. Lawmakers and the Congressional Budget Office generally assumed during the legislative debate that subsidies would be available in all 50 states.

God: Well you know what they say about assume. It makes an ass of u and me.

Issa: Then Obamacare is good?

God: I wouldn't say it's perfect. But I wouldn't say it's bad either.

Suddenly God snaps his fingers and Chairman Issa suddenly goes up in flames.

spontaneous combustion

Elijah Cummings: Oh my God, you just destroyed Darrell Issa? Why?

God: Two reasons. One, I work in mysterious ways.

Elijah Cummings: And two?

God: No one calls you and me an ass and gets away with it. Now Elijah, I've got a world to run. You keep Obamacare funded and I'll go see about making some peace in Egypt.

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VIDEO-- #GOPOutreachFail: Darrell Issa (R) compares Dem, Rep. Elijah Cummings to a "little boy"

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Being an asshole is part of my manly essence

Psst! Voters! (Those of you who can still vote, that is) Have a look at what Darrell Issa said to Rep. Elijah Cummings:

I'm always shocked when the ranking member seems to want to say, like a little boy whose hand has been caught in a cookie jar, 'What hand? What cookie?' I've never said it leads to the White House.

Via HuffPo:

The latest hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of tea party and other groups turned heated Thursday, with House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) comparing his Democratic counterpart, ranking member Elijah Cummings, to a "little boy."

The testy exchange came after Cummings, a 62-year-old African-American congressman from Baltimore, challenged past insinuations by Republicans that the White House was behind the IRS targeting. Cummings was picking up on testimony from two IRS witnesses who both said they knew of no evidence of political motivations in the enhanced scrutiny, which also included some progressive groups.

Hey Darrell, not the best choice of words there, buddy. But you pretty much knew that, didn't you?

Hey GOP, how's that "“reinvention-y, reachy-outy” thing workin' for ya?

outreach my ass reach out inclusive

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Self-described conservative Republican IRS manager: White House not involved in review of tea party, I started it

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Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

(Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Um...

WASHINGTON (AP) — A self-described conservative Republican who is a manager in the Internal Revenue Service office that targeted tea party groups told investigators that he, not the White House, set the review in motion, the top Democrat on the House watchdog committee said Sunday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., released a partial transcript of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform interview with the unnamed manager in the IRS' Cincinnati office. In it, the employee said the extra scrutiny for tea party groups' tax exempt status was an effort to be consistent in reviewing applications and not driven by politics.

Oversight chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): I don't care! I want more hearings! More, I say, more! It's all Obama's fault! Benghazi! Benghazi!!! Impeach! Impeach, I tells ya, impeach!!! With lots of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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tv impeach

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