'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans
June 3rd, 2013
04:55 PM ET
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'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. California Gary

    It would be nice if Issa just kept his mouth shut and plodded along with his investigation until all the facts were on the table, but alas, the man can't control himself. He has already said what the result of his investigation will be, and now he is desperately searching for witnesses and/or statements that will support his foregone conclusion. What a sham his investigation is, and what a phony he is.

    June 3, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. truth be known

    perhaps if the american people form a super pac w/ the intention of paying for the re-election of each and every congress person,they will actually represent us all,for once.

    June 3, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Ghostwriter

    Lindsay Graham is now the voice of reason? I'm checking for blizzard conditions in Hell.

    Dave, it's been reported. Only it's not a big deal. If we are going to start looking into spouses, I'd imagine there will be some interesting connections out there. And no politician wants that. I also believe the 157 visits has been pretty much debunked as having any merit. If you don't "believe" the response given, that is your right. However, without proof, there's not much you can do except complain about it.

    June 3, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Erm...correct myself...I think maybe it's "technical unit" not "technicalities department" the more I read.

    June 3, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. 22

    "From the Abundance of the heart the mouth speaks"Issa just made it obvious that this is about a political agenda and not about fact finding ,just like the Bengazi investigations.The rebuplicans will use anything to cause a distraction instead of doing the jobs they were elected to do.They're out of ideas and are a bunch of empty drums making the loudest noise.Do us all a favor and vote them out in 2014.

    June 3, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Tom L.

    Why do you ignore what the IRS themselves have admitted doing? Dude, start thinking for yourself instead of ALWAYS defending the Administration. It's scary that a dude as smart as you so blindly follows one person.

    June 3, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Issa ,

    When questioned about his dubious past and many criminal arrests, Issa has always said, "I was just a kid", or "It was my brother".

    June 3, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. No support

    Issa, the man who tripled the insurance on a business and then had it burned down a couple weeks later, and the man who is accused of car theft.. yeah, he is the one everyone should be listening to.

    June 3, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. The Contentious Otter

    Notice how Issa wanted to do "closed door questioning" with those IRS employees?

    Hmm, ya think maybe it was because he wanted to exercise a little message control, maybe make sure no one else had the transcript handy to counter the creative edits he made?

    I'll bet anyone $1000 that when all the information comes out about Darrell Issa's interviews we find out that he made a few adjustments to make the testimony sound more incriminating than it really was, just like the Republicans who edited the Benghazi e-mails so they could feed the right-wing echo chamber.

    June 3, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    There are a huge set of problems in the country. One is high unemployment and the huge National debt. Also Social Security and Medicare are running out of money. The Obama Adminstration isn't doing anything about it except running up the debt and trying to soak the rich. The Human Services secetary, Helen Sebulous is asking the businesses to divvy up money because the tax payers don't have it. The Country is running on empty but the president has no clue. Paid Liar? I think that may be too kind.

    June 3, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    What a hoot! a republican calling someone else a liar! they are the world champions of lying. their whole campaigns, both of them, against Obama were nothing but lies. and they're consistently lying about these so-called 'scandals.' i don't know if any repug would know the truth if it came up and sunk its teeth into his derriere! 😉

    June 3, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. kc

    It is unfortunate that the decorum that has been the pride of Cngress has been invaded by a boor, well many boors. However, Mr. Issa takes the behavior to a whole new level. He is a bully and a sensationalist. He appears to have a very limited vocabulary, constantly resorting to name calling. The elections can't come soon enough. He is a disgrace.

    June 3, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Concerned citizen

    "Liberal sense"
    did this administration started any new war that costs trillion's of dollars, and thousands of lives just to make few companies bottom line better? Idiot!

    June 3, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Kay Es.

    Issa should talk. He has so many skeletons in his closet. Liar.... who is he talking about?

    June 3, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Kevin B

    So it's Ok for Nancy P and Harry to just to tell tall tales, but when Issa tells the truth, that is beyond the pale. Sad, Republicans, just sad.

    June 3, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Nothing At All

    McCain would rather call those he disagrees with wacko birds!

    June 3, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Pete

    Shulman if researched only went to the actual WH 39 times from 2009-13 a 4 year span and the other supposid 110 were in the west wing where Cathy Sebelius and other have offices so what's so guilty about that republicans..Remember how many behind closed doors,no reporter meetings your Bushs and Cheney had,too many to count I'll tell yah..

    June 3, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. TBaker

    I would not normally characterize McCain and Graham as the adults in the room but, clearly, they got it right here.

    June 3, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Norma Vessels

    Has anyone noticed that Issa and the others are letting the most awful scandal ever to hit Washington, slip away silently, ever so slowly until no one remembers it? Now, Issa and his friends are hell bent on proving an IRS scandal that will rock the nation, along with the other two scandals. After they've come up with nothing that sticks with them, either, they will let them slip silently away, until no one remembers it. Just like all the other scandals that they've come up with since 2009. Makes one wonder what scandal will pop up next .. something to do with President O'bama's evil dog, perhaps?

    June 3, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. independant jim

    If your going to call someone a liar you should have proof Issa has no proof that anyone lied or covered up anything so who is the real liar

    June 3, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. Strangways

    Imagine if someone had said that about Bush's spokesperson during the ramp up to the Iraq war. they'd be in a landfill somewhere. the Republicans have NO shame. Ask Issa about quadrupling the insurance on a business of his then suddenly it burned down. Cough Cough...

    June 3, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Carl

    We ALL know (though some won't admit it) that nothing gets said or done by Carney or Holder unless Obama and his handlers approve it inside the White House. I do not like the way the Republicans keep from saying the obvious.

    June 3, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein

    The point is to get through the investigation and then note the problems and people who did wrong. That is the way it should be done.

    June 3, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    Yeah, but I bet Rush Limbaugh LOVED the comment.

    Rush don't even like no stinkin facts.

    June 3, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Evergreen

    The GOP has moved from the clown car to a 3 ring circus. Can
    the GOP point to anything they have done since 2009 to help the economy recover?

    June 3, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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