Issa Calls Out Cummings – Crook Who Conspired With IRS in Targeting Conservatives

Things just keep getting hotter in the ongoing dispute between House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and the ranking member, Democrat Elijah Cummings.

Cummings, it would appear, has been a “man on the inside” for the in the Obama assault on the Constitution and conservative free speech.

Rep Cummings may have opened himself up for sanctions when he initiated from his own office, which mirrored those of the IRS and other agencies which were allegedly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups. Those allegations involve some of the same individuals which the committee upon which he sits is investigating.

The gloves are not off, but they are loosening, as Issa on Wednesday, publicly accused Cummings of collusion with the IRS in the targeting of conservative nonprofit group “True the Vote.” Catherine Engelbrecht, who runs that organization, has previously testified to that targeting under oath before the committee in open hearings.

Engelbrecht stated that she received multiple letters from Cummings in 2012, as well as personal visits from the IRS, ATF and OSHA as part of the selective targeting based upon political beliefs.

Issa sent a letter to Cummings, which was co-signed by his five subcommittee chairmen, suggesting that Cummings “surreptitiously” contacted the IRS to request information about True the Vote.

Emails which surfaced during the course of the ongoing investigation indicate that to be the case. In January of 2013, a member of Cummings’ staff requested information about true the vote from the IRS. Private discussions with the IRS officials, including Lois Lerner took place on the topic of the True the Vote organization.

After one such meeting, one of Lois Lerner’s subordinates, Holly Paz, supplied requested information to Cummings’ office. While this was not an illegal act, and it did not violate any privacy laws, it was very unusual and suspicious.

The correspondence does not indicate whether the IRS’ intense focus on True the Vote’s tax exemption application was at the behest of Cummings but it does appear, from the structure of the inquiries that Cummings based his requests upon those issued by the IRS.

The language in an October 2012 letter from Cummings closely resembles that of letters sent by the IRS.

Issa details those similarities in his letter, and implies there is a strong likelihood that there is a connection, perhaps an illegal or at a minimum an inappropriate one.

The Cummings inquiry and those from the IRS sought identical information about the software True the Vote used, their training methods and the vendors from which they obtained their voter lists.

One might be led to ask, “What business is it of a Maryland congressman how a Texas nonprofit political organization conducts its business?” That seems like a fair question and one that would implicate Cummings as being a political hack involved in political persecution.

Issa’s letter details other possible exchanges of information which may have taken place between Cummings’ office, the IRS defendants, and others.

Issa also implied a serious conflict of interest, telling Cummings, “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”

The Oversight Committee will meet Thursday morning at which time a vote will be held on whether to hold Lerner in contempt. Of equal interest will be the role that the now partially exposed Cummings had to play in the events as they unfolded as well as the interactions between the two.

Rick Wells is a conservative author who believes an adherence the U.S. Constitution would solve many of today’s problems. “Like” him on and “Follow” him on


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