- Some donations to gay waitress who allegedly forged hate note refunded
- German President Joachim Gauck boycotting Sochi Olympics
- Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: If you want to pay more for your doctor, you can under Obamacare
- Sen. Rand Paul: ‘I am seriously thinking about’ running for president in 2016
- Sleet, ice, deepfreeze hit large swath of U.S.
- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
Issa urged to release IRS interviews; Democrat Cummings: ‘Wrap this up and move on’
Two employees from the Internal Revenue Service’s Cincinnati office involved in the targeting of conservative groups have met with House investigators, but exactly what was learned from those interviews varies greatly depending on which lawmaker you ask — and which excerpts each has chosen to release to the public.
By this Friday, it looks like the public will be able to make its own decision.
A back-and-forth between Reps. Darrell E. Issa and Elijah E. Cummings came to a head Sunday when Mr. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, promised to release the full transcripts from the interviews by the end of the week, something that the news media repeatedly have been requesting.
Mr. Issa's committee so far has chosen not to release the full transcripts, citing the fact that there is an ongoing investigation. On Sunday, Mr. Cummings, who is the committee’s ranking Democrat, released his own set of excerpts appearing to support his case that neither the White House nor the IRS headquarters in Washington pushed for extra scrutiny of the conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
In a letter dated Sunday to Mr. Issa, Mr. Cummings said information from one of the IRS managers — a 21-year veteran of the agency and self-described conservative Republican — rejected any suggestion that political considerations played a role in his actions or those of his screeners.
He condemned Mr. Issa for his behavior over the IRS controversy and other investigations by the committee, including Operation Fast and Furious and Benghazi, saying the committee’s integrity must be maintained and that Mr. Issa can’t continue to “make wild accusations.”
Mr. Issa, he said, “has a tendency to make strong allegations and then go chasing the facts and usually never finding them.”
However, Mr. Cummings explicitly stopped short of calling Mr. Issa a liar, saying he would never use that word, an obvious reference to Mr. Issa calling White House spokesman Jay Carney a “paid liar” on the previous weekend’s Sunday political talk shows.
“Those kinds of words are inappropriate on Capitol Hill,” Mr. Cummings said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“He has no genuine interest in working, on a bipartisan basis, to expose the full truth,” Mr. Issa continued. “Fortunately, the decision to close the investigation is not his to make.”
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- Craigslist killers: Police say newlyweds stabbed man for thrills
- 'Dude, I'm dreading that I will have to go': Czech prime minister on Mandela funeral
- Dick Cheney: Family feud over gay marriage has been 'dealt with'
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- Sen. Rand Paul: Long-term unemployment benefits are disservice to workers
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Opinion, analysis, and musings on politics, pop culture, reinvention, and the resultant flotsam and jetsam floating around the right-of-center quadrant of the Left Coast.
The cold hard truth about politics in America today and the state of this once great nation.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
White House pets gone wild!