Back in June of 2013 Elijah Cummings declared the IRS investigation over, despite the continued stonewalling by the Obama administration:
Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. If it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on, to be frank with you. The IG made some recommendations, those recommendations are being adopted by the IRS, we’ve got a new commissioner in, acting commissioner in, Danny Werfel is doing a great job, I think we’re in great shape.
Last month all of the democrat members of the House Oversight Committee demanded Darryl Issa end the IRS investigation.
Now we know why, and why the next public word out of Cummings’ mouth will be “racism.”
Cummings pushed the IRS to harass True the Vote.
Today Issa released information about communications between the IRS and Cummings vis-à-vis True the Vote:
Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.
The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official whom Issa’s panel is poised to hold in contempt of Congress on Thursday for refusing to provide testimony about her involvement in targeting conservative groups.
“The IRS and the Oversight Minority made numerous requests for virtually identical information from True the Vote, raising concerns that the IRS improperly shared protected taxpayer information with Rep. Cummings’ staff,” a statement from the Oversight panel reads.
According to Issa, Cummings and his staff sought “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” from True the Vote.
Five days after the Cummings inquiry, the IRS sent True the Vote an email requesting “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “… the process you use to assign volunteers,” “how you keep your volunteers in teams,” and “how your volunteers are deployed … following the training they receive by you.”
Issa said Cummings and his office asked for more information in January 2013 about True the Vote, this time getting Lerner involved.
At one point, an email revealed, Lerner asked her deputy, “Did we find anything?”
When the deputy said she had not received any new information, Lerner responded, “thanks – check tomorrow please.”
Issa said Cummings had previously denied asking the IRS about True the Vote.
Next thing you know, True the Vote’s Engelbrecht is being harassed by the IRS:
Nonetheless, Engelbrecht’s True the Vote received a letter from the IRS with inquiries that agency officials have testified were unprecedented in scope. Cummings’s letter contained questions that closely mirrored those posed by the IRS, and Issa details them in his letter, strongly implying that one was modeled on the other.
In a February hearing, True the Vote’s lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, raised the prospect that the minority staff had exchanged information with the IRS. “We want to get to the bottom of how these coincidences happened,” Mitchell said, “and we’re trying to figure out whether any — if there was any staff on this committee that might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these federal agencies.” Cummings said in response that Mitchell’s tacit allegation was “absolutely incorrect and not true.”
“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” Issa said. “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.”
And not just the IRS. There’s more here and here. Cummings and the IRS and the BATF all but raped Engelbrecht. This was a real war on a woman. This was the very definition of persecution. Since when does your Congressman pay you a personal visit to harass you?
In an email Lois Lerner also suggested the possibility of her getting a job with the DC office of Obama’s Organizing for Action. It’s conjectured that it might have been a joke. Obama also “joked” about using the IRS to audit his enemies.
Lois Lerner has been referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. Make no mistake, this is a Watergate moment.
The legitimacy of the Obama Presidency now rests on the actions of Eric Holder. If he claims the “vast discretion” he spoke of and chooses not to pursue the Lerner referral, it’s over.
It would be time for a Special Prosecutor.
Or, failing that, a rebellion.
Fortunately, the House does not rule out arresting Lerner if the Department of Injustice does not. Criminal acts have been committed and the people’s trust in a government institution has been violated and faith been destroyed.
Eric Holder is without the least shred of integrity. He is thoroughly dishonest. He was put in place to do one thing and that is to protect his boss’s ass from the law. Two years ago I put up a post about the Republican a-holes who voted to confirm this POS. You can see the list here. As much as your anger should be directed at Obama and Holder, it should also be aimed at those idiots. I knew this was coming and they should have. We’re looking at a full blown Constitutional crisis. Nixon had Attorneys General with a conscience. Not so with the man who freed Marc Rich and the FALN terrorists. Conscience has no purchase of Eric Holder and neither does the law.
Oversight Committee votes to find Lerner in contempt