Well, what do you know, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) now refuses to release the full transcripts in the so-called IRS scandal targeting Tea Party groups. He said it would be “reckless” and “irresponsible” to do so, the Huffington Post reports. Um, seems to me two Sundays ago he had no issue talking, even calling White House press secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar” as he made the talk show rounds. What a loser.
Cat got his tongue after Rep. Elijah Cummings called his bluff and said a Republican IRS manager was the one who set the wheels in motion to target Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.
“Your decision to publicly announce that the investigation should wrap up was irresponsible, but not surprising,” said Issa, in a letter to Cummings. “However, your push to release entire transcripts from witness interviews while the investigation remains active was reckless and threatened to undermine the integrity of the Committee’s investigation.”
“Although the Committee interviewed a self-identified ‘conservative Republican’ who denied any White House involvement or any political motivation for screening Tea Party cases, Chairman Issa now appears to be going back on his promise to release the full interview transcripts of IRS employees,” said Cummings, in a statement. “Chairman Issa changes his mind so fast that even when I agree with him, we’re not on the same page. I fully support responsible oversight, but cherry picking transcript excerpts to fuel partisan and unsubstantiated claims is not a credible or effective way to investigate.”
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