Lois Lerner

An Open Letter To Darrell “Witch Hunter” Issa, By Tom Joad

Published On March 6, 2014 | By Tom Joad |
 by Tom Joad

Rule 9 of the House of Representatives clearly states that when a member has a question of privilege, the “integrity of its proceedings” and the “time allotted for debate” are protected. That didn’t happen, Chairman Issa — and Representative Cummings was NOT “actually slandering me at the moment that the mics did go off.” Were that true, you would have filed charges against him with the Ethics Committee.

Additionally, Rule 11 stipulates that “Whenever a hearing is con- ducted […] the minority members of the committee shall be entitled” and “each committee shall apply the five-minute rule during the questioning of witnesses in a hearing until such time as each member of the committee who so desires has had an opportunity to question each witness.” It’s pretty hard to misinterpret the intention of that rule, Darrell. Deciding, mid-sentence, to unilaterally adjourn, isn’t allowed.

The hearing should never have been called in the first place. Bullying Lois Lerner under threat of subpoena to appear, AFTER being informed of her intent to invoke her Constitutionally-guaranteed Fifth Amendment protections (and then subsequently threatening contempt of Congress charge) is nothing more than an electronic pillorying of the witness. What? — did you leave your ducking chair back in California? I’ll bet C-span will provide coverage if you want to bring back the stocks.

I am unsurprised the Speaker has chosen to ignore the Congressional Black Caucus and their insistence on holding you accountable for your shameful actions, Mr. Chairman. I’m sorry you didn’t find any evidence of wrongdoing at the I.R.S. — if you had, perhaps we could stop throwing good money after bad in this crusade of yours; all you’re doing is making mud pies for Fox News to toss at the president. In the end — I believe that was your goal all along.

Accusation, absent proof, is slander; go ahead, look it up. I reviewed Lois’s emails personally — and have more to say, but at the moment it feels as though my head is stuffed with cotton balls and someone rubbed poison ivy on my eyeballs — oh, and there’s a ostrich feather lodged somewhere south of my trachea. I ALSO have a headache AND the chills — so I’ll wait; I need to be sure I’m thinking clearly when I explain your duplicity to your constituents.

Long story short: you’re trying to punish a federal employee for following the law, and doing her job. If you can insinuate the White House was responsible, without providing any evidence (which $14 million of our tax dollars and an army of lawyers couldn’t find), you’ll do it. And that makes you the problem, Darrell; a problem I intend to solve.

You’re welcome.

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  • Patrick Stetler

    Thank you, thank you sir. I hope somehow that your efforts will produce something to indict this so called man. Mr. Issa is just one of many who are wasting millions of dollars obstructing a government that is attempting to truly serve it’s people. Kudos to you and best wishes for the complete destruction of Mr. Issa.

  • Bob Russ

    The only way to remove these people from office, is to vote them out. We can no longer sit at home when there is NO President to elect. THEIR actions have limited the effectiveness of the Government,

  • Bad Bob

    Does it come as any surprise that Issa was given a free rein to violate the House rules by a vote along party lines yesterday? The GOP has no morals or concern for the rule of laws.

  • Humma Kavula

    God help that man if the Dems ever get control of the House again. There WILL be scandal investigations every week, but it will be Issa himself in the hot seat.

  • Karen Airheart Lester

    This is the “new” way of doing business for the GOP. It started during the Clinton administration and will continue any time there is a Democrat in that office. They realized that their policies are antiquated and their only hope for getting back into the office is to slander, tell out and out lies about, and make up fake scandals against Democrats.

  • Steve Brown

    nonsense….cummings made his opening statement as did everyone else on the committee who wanted to. issa sat back down and said ok “what is your question” but he did not ask a question but instead launched into a bunch a bullsh**.

  • dljen

    Issa has been on a witch hunt for a long time to no avail. Give it up Issa, you can’t beat a dead horse. Oh, and Darryll, you DO look like an ass on FOX, you never should have given that interview.

  • Drew12

    Um… I realize most commenters are focused on destroying Issa’s credibility, but regarding that little matter of the emails from Lois Lerner (see full hearing tape)… wherein she states that “Tea Party organizations are a threat” and the matter “needs to be handled so it doesn’t appear political” … coupled with the fact she won’t explain those emails… in fact, she REALLY doesn’t want to explain them — because to do so would “incriminate” her… um… doesn’t seem like a ‘witch hunt’ to me. There’s a smoking gun right in front of you, and as Americans, I would assume & hope that would be your focus — getting the truth, no matter the party affiliation.

    • nnyl

      Did you miss this? Treasury’s inspector general, said they were asked by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) “to narrowly focus on Tea Party organizations.”

      It later came out that liberal groups and other groups were also flagged for extra attention on the sorts of “be on the lookout” lists. The spokesman for the Treasury inspector general noted their audit acknowledged there were other watch lists. But the spokesman added: “We did not review the use, disposition, purpose or content of the other BOLOs. That was outside the scope of our audit.”

      So Issa wanted to make it look like only conservative groups were targeted, and the truth is all political groups were looked at. The real scandal is that any of these groups got tax exempt status; the tax code clearly states that no groups engaged in partisan political activity, campaigning, or supporting candidates are eligible for tax exempt status under 501(c)(3).

      • Drew12

        The overwhelming number of IRS targeted groups were conservative… to the tune of almost 50 to 1. Furthermore, the few non-conservative groups given additional scrutiny, were all approved eventually.

        It’s analogous to hunters shooting 200 endangered owls, killing many of them and severely wounding many of the others. During the same time, the hunters also shot 8 endangered pigeons, but none died. Upon investigating, authorities uncover emails sent from the lead hunter to his associate hunters, mentioning a plan to target endangered owls, because the owls were perceived to be a “threat”.

        If the IRS targeted progressive groups when a Republican president was running for re-election — and a head IRS official refused to answer questions — I don’t think you’d be calling it a ‘witch hunt’.

        • nnyl

          Have you considered that there were suddenly a bunch of new conservative tea party groups and there was not a corresponding jump in the number of progressive groups?

          But as I said, none of the groups with partisan political activities are actually eligible for this tax exempt status, and that they were give it is the real scandal.

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