ISSA: IRS Official May Have Lost 5th Amendment Rights With Opening Statement

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 5:34 am

Yesterday Lois Lerner, the head of the Exempt Organizations division of the IRS, took the Fifth Amendment at the House Oversight Committee hearing allowing her to refuse to testify on grounds that she would possibly incriminate herself. However, Lerner also gave a statement proclaiming her innocence. That statement, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell [...]

GOP’s Benghazi Obsession Giving Cover To Actual Scandals

By: Monday May 20, 2013 12:03 pm

The Republican Party, despite making its one salient point (politicizing intelligence during an election) long ago, simply refuses to let the Benghazi attack fade. Whether the motivation to continue comes from some vague hope in snagging Hillary Clinton in a 2016 attack ad worthy story or just a lingering fetish from the Bush years of [...]

Benghazi Probe Continues With 2016 In Mind

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 10:42 am

The 2016 presidential election campaign apparently began today as the House Oversight Committee continued its seemingly eternal probe into the attack on the US embassy in Bengazhi. And now there is a new twist as Hillary Clinton may be gearing up for a presidential run. New revelations about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, are [...]

When Will Rep. Issa’s Hearings On Aaron Swartz Begin?

By: Monday February 25, 2013 7:50 am

Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, gave an impassioned speech at the Aaron Swartz Memorial Service in D.C. committing to reforming the law and investigating the abuses of the Swartz case. But when will the hearings begin? According to the Huffington Post, Justice Department officials have already disclosed to members of [...]

Swartz Memorial Brings Bipartisan Support For “Aaron’s Law”

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 7:25 am

Last night a memorial service was held in Washington D.C for internet activist Aaron Swartz. The event brought out activists and politicians from both the left and right who committed to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in Aaron’s name – amendments that will become known as Aaron’s Law. Aaron’s Law would decriminalize terms [...]

Issa Floats Hearings on Jobs Data, Joining BLS Truther Brigade (Or Did It Join Him?)

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 11:33 am

The conspiracy theory about the Obama Administration forcing the Bureau of Labor Statistics into deliberately fixing the September jobs report has found its purchase in the most likely of places: the House Republican caucus. Darrell Issa, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox Business Network this morning that he would open an investigation [...]

Charges and Counter-Charges at House Hearing on Benghazi Attacks

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 11:30 am

Congress decided to return to work early, or at least one committee did. The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing at this hour on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Marcy Wheeler has been bravely live-tweeting the event; I don’t think I could [...]

House Republicans Press Obama Administration With Questions About Terrorist Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 7:45 am

Tonight’s debate is supposed to be focused mainly on the economy, but the Romney campaign has worked hard to get the Benghazi consulate attack into the conversation. And given the shifting story from the White House and the potential implications, that might be a good idea. House Republicans gave a boost to this argument by [...]

Justice Department IG Report Refutes Many Issa Claims from Fast and Furious Scandal

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 2:04 pm

A Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the Fast and Furious matter largely exonerates Attorney General Eric Holder, claiming that he knew nothing about the gun-running operation until after the death of a US Border Patrol agent. The report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz said there is “no evidence that … Holder [...]

Eric Holder Sued Over Documents By House GOP

By: Monday August 13, 2012 1:42 pm

The House Oversight Committee has sued Attorney General Eric Holder in an attempt to force him to disclose documents in the Fast and Furious scandal. President Obama cited executive privilege over the documents that the Oversight Committee, led by Darrell Issa, has sought. Typically in cases like this the judicial branch exercises a good deal [...]

Congressional Black Caucus to Walk Out of Holder Contempt Vote

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 8:15 am

The Congressional Black Caucus plans to walk out en masse from the House chamber during the vote today to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The CBC believes that the contempt vote is a ploy to embarrass the President and his Administration. They are circulating a letter to get other Democrats to [...]

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