'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans
June 3rd, 2013
04:55 PM ET
5 years ago

'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans

(CNN) – Rep. Darrell Issa's assertion Sunday that Jay Carney is a "paid liar" wasn't met with a chorus of agreement Monday from fellow Republicans, some of whom said the comment was misplaced amid real worries about government overreach.

Two outspoken senators – John McCain and Lindsey Graham – both disavowed the remark, saying Issa should focus instead on getting to the bottom of the scandals engulfing the Internal Revenue Service.

"You can go too far," Graham said on the Fox News Radio program "Kilmeade and Friends."

"Let's don't make it personal," continued the South Carolina Republican. "Jay Carney is not the issue here. He's the spokesman for the White House. Just keep doing what you're doing, Darrell."

He encouraged Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to "just plod through" the investigation into which levels of the IRS instigated the targeting of conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Issa told Candy Crowley that Carney is a "paid liar" for repeating the IRS line that employees in Cincinnati were responsible for the IRS mess-up. He said interviews with IRS employees suggested otherwise.

"Their paid liar, their spokesperson, pictured behind, he's still making up things about what happens," he said, pointing to a photo of Carney on the set.

McCain, speaking on CBS "This Morning," said he uses the word "liar" sparingly when referring to fellow officials.

"I would never like to use that word," he said. "I think that we should let these investigations take their course, let the facts come out."

Filed under: Darrell Issa • John McCain • Lindsey Graham
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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I'd prefer to hear from the leadership of the party. Graham and McCain are moderates in today's GOP. Their opinion falls deaf on conservative right wing ears. The witch hunt and the name calling will continue to go on because the spineless cowards Boehner and McConnell are too afraid to speak up.

    June 3, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. rs

    Lindsey Graham, someone who has a dubious allegence with the truth himself, thinks Issa went over the top? That certainly speaks volumes about how unreliable Issa's position must be when the man who is still sure Benghazi with bear fruit thinks that Issa' is too far out on the limb.
    Well, that's what this party needed, another circular firing squad break before they reveal the next "controversy" or conspiracy theory.

    June 3, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    I think we should immediately appoint a special prosecutor and hold hearings to investigate just how many other Republicans wish they'd said the same thing as Issa – until it all blew up in their faces and decided to hide behind Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum pictured above.

    That's what the average American wants: Millions upon millions of dollars be wasted on investigations! Cut early education funding, cut food stamps for poor kids, hell, take it out of disaster relief for the victims of recent tornadoes in Oklahoma! We can't afford everything during these tough economic times and Lord knows a Repub chairing an investigative committee is more important than anything!

    Everybody, it's time to make sacrifices! We gotta all pitch in and do whatever we can to help the Republicans keep from actually WORKING to do something FOR our country, her people and the economy!

    June 3, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. leah

    Zip it, Republicans, and get your lazy selves actually working FOR the people in Congress.

    June 3, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans
    ONLY in the liberal arena.

    June 3, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Pete

    Issa should take advise from two liars themselves,how hilarious pot calling the kettle out because they as he are black as well,works for me...Now if republicans who didn't lie could stand out but that'll be hard because most are certifiable liars anyway aren't they guys,just ask the Keating 5,Saigon Songbird with McCain and you car thief turned judge ,jury and executioner Issa all bed partners but are the sanctumonious ones aren't they!!

    June 3, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. wmontanye

    We will never get the truth as long a Issa is at the helm. He wants to keep it all behind closed doors, that way he can write his own story....

    June 3, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Don't worry Issa, you can get a job with Fox News when this is all over.

    June 3, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    ""I think that we should let these investigations take their course, let the facts come out.""

    GOP/Teatrolls: "Facts? We don't need no stinking facts!!!! We've already made up our hivemind and believe we know precisely what happened!!!!! This is all just theater to make it look right!!!!"

    June 3, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Jonquil

    It's nice to see a few real Republicans remain. I agree with what McCain said; let facts speak for themselves. Turning this into a sensationalist opportunity, not only deflects from the real problem at hand but it also adds to Americans' general consensus that The GOP can no longer just do their jobs with dignity. The truth will speak for itself. Issa doesn't have to tart it up and make his anger sound like a political strategy.

    June 3, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "He said interviews with IRS employees suggested otherwise."

    Except what he won't tell you and what CNN will help him whitewash is that the "determinations" department is in Cincinatti and the "technicalities" department is in D.C., so when you see out-of-context emails from a D.C. "technicalities" person asking for particular applications for additional scrutiny, it is not because it was being "targeted" or there was a top-down policy being implemented, it was because there were technical issues that were not the purview of the Cincinatti department, which was, in fact, the only one that was doing the initial screenings that constituted "inappropriate targeting." Issa released carefully selected out-of-context quotes from the transcripts before providing them to the minority party precisely to give himself the opportunity to use the MSM as the free publishing service for his mischaracterization of these quotes as indicating that the D.C. office was "ordering them all to be targeted," when the reality is they were just doing their job.

    June 3, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    This administration is obviously anything but transparent.

    June 3, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Dave

    As reported elsewhere:
    The former IRS commissioner who ran the agency when it was singling out conservative groups is married to a senior adviser for a prominent left-leaning political organization focused largely on campaign finance reform.

    Ex-Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who faced a tough round of questioning by Congress last month on the IRS scandal, has denied knowing that the agency targeted Tea Party groups between 2010 and 2012. But he faced new questions following a report that he visited the White House, or the adjacent executive office buildings, at least 157 times during the Obama administration.

    Amid the scrutiny, it turns out his wife, Susan L. Anderson, is a senior program adviser for the Washington-based group Public Campaign.

    The group bills itself as nonpartisan, and states it is working with “a broad range of organizations” to reform campaign-finance rules.

    However, the group receives much of its funding from such liberal groups as the Ford Foundation, Barbra Streisand’s The Streisand Foundation and Health Care for America NOW, a coalition of labor unions supporting ObamaCare that includes the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, according to the Public Campaign website.

    June 3, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Alan

    Liar is a spot on description for not only Issa but his House Leader, Boehner, and the majority of republicans in both houses. But ever since "43" LIED to this Country and involved us in a trillion dollar debt, which was supported by both houses, I challenge anyone to find out whenever Congress or any of their members have told the American Public, the truth. Suggestion – give each and every member, beginning with Issa a 'Lie Detector Test', at their expense, whomever fails the test, must resign immediately. The only problem I see is that I do not believe our fore fathers ever anticipated having no one in Congress *RLMAO*....but to tell you the truth, even with those who are in Congress, nothing ever gets done anyway so what's the difference?

    June 3, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Ed1


    Sometimes the truth hurts doesn't it.

    June 3, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much gone to dogs. They need to come down to the planet called EARTH and think, but they lack BRAINS.

    June 3, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. The Elephant in the Room

    Let the facts speak for themselves" is a nice sound bite but the Republicans problem is that they can`t admit the difference between a FACT and RIO [RUMOR, INNUENDO, or bombastic OPINION].

    The "Flat Earth" party doesn`t embrace science or deductive reasoning. [The earth is 6,000 years old, remember?] How can liberals, independents and EVEN moderate Republicans believe or buy into ANY contraversy, criticism, or [Donald] Trumped up scandal they advance.

    Wasn`t it just 2 weeks ago that the Republicans in Congress had all these emails on Benghazi that held smokin` gun FACTS that indicted the Obama Administration? FACTS? Don`t make us laugh!

    June 3, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Babyboomer

    Issa's a bully. So when I heard what he said, while I thought it was foul, it wasn't surprising. Glad I'm not Carney. I would still be cursing him out..

    June 3, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. The REAL Truth...

    What little respect I had left for these two has increased somewhat. It's about time some in the Obstructionist Party yanked the leash on their pit bull Issa. Trouble with pit bulls is that you never know when that breed is gonna bite the hand that feeds it. Most decent Americans are tired of the finger pointing, the tireless unfounded accusations, the manufactured scandals and the mud slinging the Republicans continue with. FIVE years on, its time to get over it boys. Having being shellacked a SECOND time by the black man in the WH, the American people are tired of the 4th-grade BS from the right. How convenient that we suddenly have a whole host of "scandals" and the usual GOP round of calls for impeachment of the 2nd term of a Dem POTUS. Failing that, they'll take the AG or any other cabinet member they can as a sacrificial lamb. Anything will stick. Anything to make the Obama administration. It's all a little suspicious ain't it.
    And the red state sheeple continue to be suckered in.

    June 3, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. dontbow

    Liar is way to easy on Carney the idiot

    June 3, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. rs

    This administration is obviously anything but transparent.
    And, Republicans are anything but truthful.

    June 3, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. me

    Issa is just callin em like he sees em. Carney is nothing more than a fool paid to repeat the administration"s lies

    June 3, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Actually, I think it is time to call a spade, a spade, and time for the real purpose and intent of the Demcoratic socialists to become exposed.

    Carney, as spokesman for perhaps the worst liar to ever take residence in the WH, is subject to be called out, for the lies he feeds to the press.

    June 3, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Anderson

    Why Issa isn't in Jail?

    June 3, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. stan

    The what everyone used to say "the pot calling the kettle black", there are liars evrywhere in Washington for crying out loud. It is also a phrase that isn't used enough, because everyone else know that politicians lie, its their bread and butter.

    June 3, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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