Boehner to Holder: “There Is No Issue Of Race Here” (Video)

At a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, Speaker Boehner was asked about Attorney General Eric Holder’s racial demagoguery in front of  Al Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network at their Annual convention, yesterday. The nation’s top law enforcement officer whined that he had faced  “unprecedented, unwarranted ugly adversity” and asked, “what Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What President has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? “

Reported Chad Pergram asked, “in a speech yesterday the Attorney General suggested that he was treated, and perhaps this president and others in the administration were treated a certain way because of race. Even if that’s not intentional by members of Congress, is that a problem for members of your party when they go after members of the administration?

To his eternal credit, Speaker Boehner didn’t hesitate to shoot down Holder’s accusation, answering bluntly that  “there is no issue of race here.” He explained,  “the frustration is that the American people have not been told the truth about what happened at the IRS. The American people have not been told the truth about what happened in Fast and Furious. The administration has not told the American people about Benghazi. We have been going through all of these hearings, having to hold people in contempt because they have made it impossible to get to the documents. They have not been forthcoming; they owe the American people the truth. When it comes to Benghazi we’ve got four Americans who are dead. Their families deserve the truth about what happened and the administration refuses to tell them the truth.”

House Bill Preventing Terrorists from Entering U.S. as U.N. Ambassadors Passes With Unanimous Support (Video)

The House joined the Senate today by passing with unanimous consent a bill that would prevent terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as United Nations ambassadors. The  legislation was proposed in reaction to the Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s insulting appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi as the nation’s new ambassador to the U.N., which is headquartered in Manhattan. Aboutalebi was an active participant in the group that held 52 Americans hostage in Iran from 1979-1981.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Congressman Doug Lamborn, CO-05, today called for President Obama to immediately sign into law their bi-partisan legislation that will prevent terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as United Nations ambassadors.

“Congress has voted unanimously in support of a bill to reject Iran’s deliberately insulting nomination of a known terrorist – one of the 1979 hostage-takers – to be their ambassador to the United Nations,” said Sen. Cruz. “I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting it, and urge the President to act quickly. We, as a country, can send an unequivocal message to rogue nations like Iran that the United States will not tolerate this kind of provocative and hostile behavior.”

“I have been working hard with House Leadership to move this bill even before it passed the Senate,” said Congressman Lamborn. “I appreciate House Leadership’s rapid response to my request to quickly bring the Cruz/Lamborn bill to the House Floor for a vote. It will give the President the power to prevent an Iranian terrorist from entering our country with diplomatic immunity. This is a great example of leadership in action by both Houses of Congress. After Senator Cruz worked to ensure Senate passage earlier in the week, I felt that it was extremely important that the House respond in-kind by considering the Cruz/Lamborn bill in an expedited manner. It is great to see Congress send a strong, bipartisan message that Iranian evildoers will be treated like terrorists, not tourists. Terrorists, from Iran or elsewhere, should not be allowed to walk the streets of Manhattan with diplomatic immunity.”

Congressman Lamborn’s bill, H.R. 4357, is companion legislation to Sen. Cruz’s bill, S. 2195, which unanimously passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now awaits President Obama’s signature to be put into law.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Monday requested and received unanimous consent to pass his bill, S. 2195.

 

Cruz spoke with Sean Hannity on his radio show today about the legislation. Audio here.

“I think it’s terrific that we see a bipartisan statement of unanimity, Republicans and Democrats coming together against Iran, and I hope the President signs this legislation and keeps this acknowledged terrorist out of the United States,” Sen. Cruz said.

Sen. Cruz also discussed President Obama’s disregard for the rule of law and the need for Congress to continue to investigate the IRS, especially in light of the House’s recent report cataloging the illegal actions of Lois Lerner.

 

 

 

Oversight and Reform Committee Mark-up to Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt – Issa’s Opening Statement

The  House Oversight Committee is holding the vote to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress today, sending the full resolution to the House for a vote in the coming weeks.

The hearing began at 9 a.m., and you can watch the live stream here.

Here is Issa’s Opening Statement:

I will be adding more videos as they become available.

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“Mr. Chairman, I counted 17 separate factual assertions by Miss Lerner…” said Gowdy. “That is a lot of talking for someone who wants to remain silent. That’s a lot talking!”

He continued with a note of exasperation in his voice, “if you honestly believe that somebody can make 17  separate factual assertions and still invoke your right to remain silent, then please tell me what waiver is?! Please tell me what constitutes waiver if 17 factual things does not!?”

Issa Bombshell: Lois Lerner funneled Rep. Cummings Info About True The Vote

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released emails Wednesday afternoon showing that Lois Lerner coordinated with Rep. Elijah Cummings and committee Democrats multiple times between 2012 and 2013,  providing them information they requested about True the Vote, the 501(c)(4) voter integrity organization that was singled out for IRS scrutiny (not to mention FBI, ATF,  OSHA and  EPA-affiliated TCEQ scrutiny.)

Via Eliana Johnson NRO: 

In a letter signed by his five subcommittee chairmen, Issa raised the possibility that Cummings coordinated with the IRS, “surreptitiously” contacting the agency to request information about True the Vote.

E-mails unearthed in the course of Issa’s investigation into the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of right-leaning groups show that in January 2013, a member of Cummings’s staff contacted the IRS asking for any publicly available information on True the Vote. The matter was discussed by IRS officials that included Lois Lerner, the former exempt-organizations chief who retired in the wake of the targeting scandal. One of Lerner’s deputies, Holly Paz, subsequently sent the organization’s 990 forms to Cummings and his staff — not an illegal disclosure of taxpayer information, though sources say the exchange of such information was not routine.

The correspondence does not indicate whether the IRS’ scrutiny of True the Vote’s application for tax exemption was prompted by Cummings’s inquiries about the group and the timing of the correspondence suggests it was not, but instead that Cummings may have modeled his inquiries on those the IRS had already made.

Via Twitchy:

 

The excrement is about to hit the fan – Cummings has been trying to throw a wrench into Issa’s investigation since June of last year when he pronounced the partisan “witch hunt” was “solved.”  Now we know why – because he’s in up to his eyeballs colluding with the IRS — WHILE sitting  on the investigative Oversight Committee, lying and withholding information.  Jim Hoft thinks there could be jail time for Cummings, if the GOP decides to take the gloves off. (They won’t of course.)

Cummings says in response, that  “the GOP has falsely accused him of wrongly contacting the IRS about True the Vote.”

Cummings said in the letter that he has publicly stated his interest in finding more about True the Vote, which supports voter ID laws that Cummings opposes.

Cummings said in his letter that his inquiries were appropriate and did not violate any rules. His requests, Cummings added, were for publicly available information.

Cummings said the letter from Issa and others Republicans is “a desperate attempt to shift the focus on tomorrow’s contempt vote away from the serious Constitutional deficiencies in these proceedings.”

I always knew he was full of sh*t.

Expect  fireworks Thursday morning when the  Government Oversight and Reform committee convenes to vote on holding Lerner in contempt of Congress. The fun begins at 9:00 am Eastern… 
Congressman Trey Gowdy went On the Record with Greta Van Sustern to talk about the latest IRS scandal revelations:
Meanwhile on PMSNBC they have finally sprung into action to defend the poor besieged person who’s been so unfairly targeted:  Joy Reid: Holding Lois Lerner In Contempt ‘Really Does Ratchet Up The…Persecution Of Her’

After reading lengthy statements from Democrat Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Lerner’s attorney, Reid declared the GOP “Have zeroed in on Lois Lerner, she is going to be the face of their IRS witch hunt and not the White House.” Reid then attempted to minimize the scandal even further:

The bottom line, with health care dissipating as a potent political topic and scant red meat to take home to their Tea Party base over the recess, Republicans are trying to freshen up their favorite faux scandals and conspiracy theories.

Reid’s comments came during an interview with liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank who unsurprisingly mocked the investigation of Ms. Lerner:

This was a classic case, the Ways and Means hearing, which I was at this morning. First of all, they are saying explicitly they think the person responsible for this wrong doing was Lois Lerner, not part of a culture of corruption in the White House but, in fact, a career employee at the IRS. So leaving aside that means basically the entire investigation fizzled in its attempt to find a skullduggery within the White House.

Reid then proceeded to declare the House investigation a “circus” before attempting to dismiss all of the offenses leveled against Lerner:

Used her position to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations, which of course is factually not true. Impeded official investigations by providing misleading statements. Risked exposing and may have actually disclosed, confidential taxpayer information. But again, none of that gets to what Darrell Issa promised his Republican base, which is that he was going to locate this conspiracy in the Nixonian White House and he didn’t do it. And he very demonstrably not doing it.

Reid brought Milbank on for the sole purpose of having a liberal voice to slap down the GOP, primarily Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA): “Over in the Oversight Committee it’s just about a contempt vote that everybody knows is going nowhere.”

It would be funny if I didn’t know they actually have an audience weapons grade stupid enough to buy their “ratchet”  snake-oil.

 

Flashback:
Catherine Engelbrecht appeared on the Kelly File to talk about  her testimony before Congress back in February and her formal ethics complaint against Cummings.

UPDATE:

Powerline: CLETA ON THE CUMMINGS CASE