ELIJAH CUMMINGS CAUGHT IN A CIRCLE OF CORRUPTION: Who Will Oversee the Overseers?

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Corruption: New IRS emails released by a congressional panel show staff working for the Democratic ranking member communicated with the IRS multiple times in 2012 and 2013 about a voter-fraud prevention group.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said on CNN’s “State of the Union” last year, “Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on, to be frank with you.”

Of course he wanted to move on, for he had been working hand in glove with the IRS to target conservative groups and wanted the fact to remain a secret.

On Feb. 6, in a subcommittee hearing that heard the testimony of Catherine Engelbrecht — founder of True the Vote, who was targeted by the IRS, FBI and other federal agencies — Cummings vehemently denied having any contact or coordination in targeting True the Vote.

Responding, attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing True the Vote, indicated that staff on the committee had been involved in communication with the IRS. In short, Cummings was not telling the truth.

After the hearing, Engelbrecht filed a formal ethics complaint accusing the Maryland Democrat of trying to intimidate her by causing the targeting.

Cummings on three separate occasions had sent letters with his title on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stating that he had concerns and that True the Vote should be investigated.

Emails released by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, show that Cummings’ Democratic staff had requested information from the IRS’ tax-exempt division, the one headed by Lois Lerner, on True the Vote, a conservative group that monitors polling places for voter fraud and supports the use of voter IDs, something Cummings opposes. “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,” the Oversight panel said in a statement.

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 later, the group received an almost identical request from the IRS for (1) “a copy of (True the Vote’s) volunteer registration form,” (2) “the process you use to assign volunteers,” (3) “how you keep your volunteers in teams” and (4) “how your volunteers are deployed … following the training they receive by you.”

As Townhall.com reports, the first contact between the IRS and Cummings’ staffers about True the Vote happened in August 2012.

On Jan. 25, 2013, Cummings’ staff asked for more information from the IRS about the group.

Three days after that, Lerner wrote an email to her deputy, Holly Paz, asking, “Did we find anything?”

Paz responded by saying not yet, to which Lerner replied, “Thanks, check tomorrow please.”

On Jan. 31, Paz sent True the Vote’s 990 forms to Cummings’ staff.

“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,” states a letter to Cummings from Issa and five other subcommittee chairmen.

After Engelbrecht formed her group and sought tax-exempt status, she and her family, which previously had no contact with any government agency of any kind, were buried by an alphabet soup of government harassers, including the ATF, OSHA and the IRS that Cummings was coordinating with.

“This is what the beginning of tyranny looks like,” Engelbrecht told Breitbart.com.

Indeed it is. Elijah Cummings has a lot of explaining to do.


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COLLUSION: Oversight’s Elijah Cummings (D) Collaborated With IRS to Target Conservatives Then Lied About It

The wound to the Republic keeps festering, the infection growing deeper and more febrile. Katie Pavlich reports:

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.

“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,” the letter to Cummings states. “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.”

…Up until this point, Rep. Cummings has denied his staff ever contacted the IRS about True the Vote and their activities during Oversight hearings. In fact, on February 6, 2014 during a Subcommittee hearing where Engelbrecht testified, Cummings vehemently denied having any contact or coordination in targeting True the Vote when attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing the group, indicated staff on the Committee had been involved in communication with the IRS…

Issa has gone so far as to accuse Cummings of instigating the partisan witch-hunt against True the Vote.

In February 2012, Engelbrecht’s True the Vote received a letter from the IRS requesting more information about the group; one of Cummings’s letters, which Engelbrecht received in October 2012, contained questions that closely mirrored those posed by the IRS. Issa details them in his letter, strongly implying that Cummings based his letter on the one Engelbrecht had already received from the agency: Both requested information about the software True the Vote was using for voter registration, about the process the group used to train its employees, and about the vendors it used to obtain voter lists.

True the Vote’s lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, raised the prospect that the minority staff had exchanged information with the IRS at a hearing in February. “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.”

No wonder Cummings has been so anxious to suppress the investigation: he’s been intimately involved with the scandal.

Cummings should be censured and removed from the committee. Of course, knowing the cowardly leaders of the GOP, they’ll moan “it’s a sad day”, and do nothing.

Based on my notes, Democrats have succeeded in hitting the trifecta of government corruption. We have a lawless President, a lawless Attorney General, and a lawless House Oversight Committee Ranking Member.

These people need to be dispatched in November and held to account. Talk to your family members, your friends and your colleagues. We have a rogue government; it can not stand if this country is to survive.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Emails: Lois Lerner Fed Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

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Nation

Emails: Lois Lerner Fed Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings: Pavlich
Lois Lerner Hoped To Get A Job With Organizing For Action: LoneCon
Rep. Elijah Cummings could go to prison for 5 years: AmJrnl

“The First Amendment is Not an Area”: Mark Steyn
Democratic Senators Refuse Equal Pay?: Moe Lane
Ways and Means refers Lois Lerner for criminal prosecution: WFP

Reid and Schumer took Koch money: Power Line
Holder explodes over Contempt of Congress citations: John Hayward
Eric Holder Suggests that Racism is Behind Tough Questioning: PJM

Liberalism Is Eating Itself: Jon Gabriel
Competition for Thee, Not for Me: Ann Coulter
Elijah Cummings owed IRS $ 30,000 in back taxes: Quinton Report

Economy

The Death of Money: James Rickards
Is BLM different from Bundy?: Todd Macfarlane
16 Signs Americans Aren’t Prepared For What May be Coming: Michael Snyder

Scandal Central

Crony Congress: Rep. Mike Rogers Has Ties to Benghazi–Yet is in Charge of the Investigation: Liberty Blitzkrieg
Key Lawyer in DOJ Office Charging Dinesh D’Souza is Obama Campaign Donor: J. Christian Adams
IRS Agents Blast GOP, Urged Callers to Re-elect Obama – PolitiSite: Politisite

Republican Congressman opts out of questioning Holder – implies he should be behind bars: CFP
Byte the Bullet: Hopenchange
SC DOT pumps millions into Washington, DC nonprofit: Watchdog

Media

My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos: Power Line
Phony Wage Gap Statistics From White House Spur A Backlash: Instapundit
Megyn Kelly destroys CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper : FAM

The new Inquisition: Victor Davis Hanson
Mark Levin On Obama: “This Man Is A Disgrace”: RWN
Krauthammer: Forget about a Benghazi Select Committee — it’s too late, Obama has won: Scoop

The Myth of Obama – Busted: End of Innocence
Somebody at the FBI seems to want Sharpton dead: Cold Fury
Lefty Letterman: A Top Ten List of the Outgoing CBS Host’s Most Liberal Outbursts: MRC

Smoking Gun To Sharpton: You’re a Liar Also: Lid
Is Tom Friedman an Anti-Semite?: Rich Baehr
New Jersey Print Shop Owner Boots Publisher of Anti-Semitic Hate Magazine: Algemeiner

World

Kerry’s Folly: Cal Thomas
Islam Critic Speaks Out on Brandeis: There’s Fear of Violent Repercussion for Criticizing Islam: Mediaite
Islam critic and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali hits back at Brandeis after they do moonbat walk: Daily Mail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Coming soon: a whole new you, in your Twitter profile: Twitter
The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker: Kevin Roose
Is It a Good Idea to Vaporize and Inhale Alcohol?: Gizmodo

Cornucopia

Same Pig, Different Lipstick: Christian Mercenary
Comcast says it’s ‘bothered’ that its customer service is terrible: BGR
The Stunning Metamorphosis Of An “Obama Girl”: ZH

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QOTD: “One of the disturbing lessons to be taken from the Obama years is that almost all limits on executive power are now enforced solely by the media. The legal restrictions have been revealed as elaborate bluffs, which can be knocked down by an Administration determined to call them. The Constitutional separation of powers has atrophied into a gentleman’s agreement, which Obama freely disregards, while hurling an endless stream of vile slander at the astonished Republican caucus in Congress. He dares them to do something about it, and since the only thing they can really do is impeach him, he wins. The only balancing force left in the rotted husk of what was once a great Constitutional republic are those media referees, and they seem pretty cool with this President abusing executive power to rewrite laws on the fly, refusing to perform his lawful duties, and concealing reams of damaging documentation. They even keep stone faces when he boasts about how “transparent” his Administration is.

Pulitzer Prizes will be left lying on the table, because no one in the mainstream press wants to write the story that brings this corrupt government down, or at least turns a critical mass of Americans decisively against our intrusive, abusive tax system. Just about everyone from the IRS who has talked to Congress made it clear that conservative groups were indeed targeted for partisan political reasons, but the goalposts for coverage were slowly moved to “Lois Lerner or bust,” and it looks like bust. The press yawns, checks its calendar, and thinks about maybe dashing off a quick epitaph for page A23 on the next anniversary of the scandal. It takes very little imagination to suppose this would all have gone differently if the IRS had harassed civil-rights groups and pro-choice organizations during President John McCain’s 2012 re-election bid. There would have been outrage boiling through city streets. There would have been no other media story until heads rolled. And a panicked Republican administration would probably have started working the guillotines immediately, producing a stream of angry scapegoats who promptly received front-page press treatment as heroic whistleblowers.” —John Hayward

Doug Ross @ Journal

Rep. Elijah Cummings Wants the IRS Scandal to Go Away: It’s “Solved”, Even Though We Don’t Know Who Instigated It

The IRS scandal must be very, very bad for the Obama administration. For those of you who stepped away for the last several weeks, it was handily summarized for us by Jim Hoft:

The IRS targeted hundreds of conservative groups since 2010. 500 conservative and Christian groups were illegally targeted by the Obama IRS starting in 2010. For twenty-seven months the Obama IRS refused to approve any Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status. At the same time the Obama IRS approved dozens of progressive applications within weeks.

The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee — Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) — must know something that we don’t. And he wants us to remain in the dark regarding what really happened between the White House and he IRS. Mind you, this is the same administration that targeted not only conservative, Christian and Jewish groups using the IRS, but also attacked the Associated Press and Fox News through its highly politicized Justice Department.

“Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved,” Cummings told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “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.”


Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa slammed Cummings for his claims, calling them “extreme and reckless” and arguing they are “a signal that his true motivation is stopping needed Congressional oversight.” Issa added that “fortunately” Cummings cannot stop the ongoing the investigation.

The Oversight Committee, which, along with the House Ways and Means Committee, is investigating the IRS’s systematic targeting of tea-party groups, is currently interviewing several agency officials involved in the scandal. Though they have linked the initial orders to identify tea-party applications to officials in Washington, D.C., they have yet to identify the official who asked for those applications, or to determine whether the White House was involved in the targeting of conservative groups.

Elijah Cummings, who heretofore struck me as a thoughtful and deliberative man, should be ashamed of himself.

Politicizing the instrumentalities of the federal government has reached a record and intolerable level under this administration. And Cummings appears more invested in advancing his party’s interest than pursuing his constitutionally mandated role of oversight.

Related: BUSTED: The Complete IRS Scandal Timeline in Spreadsheet Format.

Doug Ross @ Journal