'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
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. mojoquasi

    Keep it going Darrell, keep it going. Along with all the other crude and insensitive remarks being made by the "new" Republicans like legitimate rape and the rest of so many hateful and despicable comments the sheer number of them will evenutally pile up so high they won't be able to get by it. But the voters will remember. The voters who are not morons will remember all of this in the upcoming elections. So keep it going Republicans, don't stop now. Don't pay any attention to McCain and Graham.

    June 3, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. DH


    Did you know Lois/I plead the 5th is republican? Did you know she gave the max amount to the Romney campaign? Did you know her husband's law ofc is connected with Ted Cruz?.............I didn't think so. So who is she really protecting???

    June 3, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. apragmitist

    no tea party group was denied tax exempt status. where is the crime?? issa is the liar here. he is a partisan hack who knows no bounds and only works to GET the president not to do the peoples work!!

    June 3, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Dan5404

    Perhaps by Washington he meant George , since Washington is a huge generalization. Perhaps he can provide specific names as a fact instead of ultra-right-wing propagandizing while conducting a secret witch hunt with a foregone conclusion. Nothing but a Tea Party con artist.

    June 3, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Dick46

    Somewhere, Joe McCarthy is smiling.

    June 3, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Doc

    Too bad Issa can't be impartial and actually just investigate. His contempt for Holder, Carney, or anyone else in the current administration, including President Obama is only too evident and undermines what the committee he supposedly leads is intended to do. I say supposedly because instead of facilitating and conducting these hearings with decorum he pulls the "one man act" and the Democrats on the committee call foul while his fellow republicans wonder what just happened and a few disavow his remarks. The IRS screwed up, that is a fact. But Issa isn't interested in proving anything but that the administration ordered it.

    June 3, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. us_1776

    Issa is ridiculous. Talk about pot calling kettle.

    Issa is a convicted criminal.


    June 3, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Roger2

    Truth hurts !!

    June 3, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Justin S.

    Issa calling Carney a "paid liar" is like... a politician identifying another politician.

    June 3, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Just a thought

    This country has found itself back to the civil rights movement of the '60's. The report from the young republicans polls that the majority of young voters view of the GOP/Tea party as racist and non-caring. I didn't say it, this is a report from within the party. So unless you are a certain ethnicity you are considered an undesirable? What country is this again?

    June 3, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Bob

    Is there no honor among thieves (they've all been stealing the truth) and liars? It's rich that Republicans are infighting over who has gone over the line by calling someone a "paid liar". McCain and Graham are just jealous that Issa is getting more press and polling higher with the crazy wing of the party ( the largest wing ). Issa should be outraged and hurt also. "I thought Lindsey and John had my back?"

    June 3, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. whitepine

    And then the people of SC voted for Mark Sanford! Some people don't care about lies for they still vote for them. Look lets just move him around and give him another political office. Thus makes the life of a career politician.

    June 3, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. mlwells

    There was a time – perhaps decades ago – that public servants (politicians) conducted themselves with dignity and respect "above the fray". They legislated with common sense and a sense of duty towards those they were elected to "serve" – which includes ALL citizens in their district not merely those that voted for them. When "investigations" were necessary, evidence prevailed. When one responsible for ascertaining the truth finds it necessary to publicize snippets of a conversation – taken wholly out of context – to prove a point, it is time for that individual to step down. He is allowing his personal bias to overshadow the committee's search for the truth.

    June 3, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. ladeeda

    I'm glad these guys speak out on occasion, thank goodness. I loved it when McCain called out Rand Paul when he went off the deep end.

    However, these guys also often tow the party line when they seem to know what they are saying isn't 100% the case. Like McCain on CBS Morning. He repeated the claim that Shulman was at the White House 157 times over 4 years, (McCain actually said 170) However, we now know that is not really the case at all, that (157) is simply the number of times Shulman's name appeared on security clearance lists and is not actually any indication of how many times he was actually at the White House, in fact the real sign in records only show 11 visits in 4 years.

    June 3, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Oh well! A liar is a liar, PERIOD! Mr. Obama's campaign/administration has been and continues to be 90% lies. Anyone; a reporter or dully elected official, etc., etc., that attempts to expose all the lies and other illegal activities will be ridiculed, threatened and automatically becomes a target.

    However, Américan citizens and even "some" in the lame stream media are starting to ask the right questions and demanding truthful/sensible answers.

    We are all beginning to realize that the Obama administration is making a mockery of América's government. That is why Obama and his cronies have embarked on truth control.

    However, for at least the last five years some citizenry has been reminding Obama and the Democrats that all Américans are NOT stupid and gullible and don't want or need any of the "free stuff" that Obama and his minions use to make people beholden (slaves?) to them.

    América, there may still be a smidgen of light at the end of the tunnel. Lets take advantage of it while we are able.

    Stay tuned...

    June 3, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Glenn NM

    Darrell Issa doesn't have an ounce of class.

    June 3, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. amazed2

    Has the republican party done anything productive for our country in the past several years? I can think of nothing, absolutely nothing.

    June 3, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. AS

    No American should be "OK" with the IRS abusing the public trust. Some think it is not a problem because the are targeting repub, Jews, and Catholics, but what happens when your are the next target of this witch hunt? When your medical records are illegally seized?

    June 3, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. the troof

    he never lies he only intentionally tries to hide the truth, or states deceitful information on purpose for political gain – that is your Government that is growing bigger and bigger.

    June 3, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Homer

    While it's not politically correct to call Carney a liar, it's factually not that unreasonable. I look at him and think "Baghdad Bob"

    June 4, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  21. jeremy0

    Isn't it funny how members of congress can make a mockery of a public hearing, and yet gitmo detainees and hackers, who have not been charged with any, we'll say, legitimate crime, enjoy life-long detainment without trial?

    Something is very wrong with your society... If every hearing went like these, we would have no jails.. Everybody would be innocent because they mentioned the word 'liar' in court. Hell, don't we already know that everyone in a hearing is 'lying'.

    My friends – now is the time to open your eyes. Your government no longer functions properly.. It's well beyond time to form a new government. We have made this clear several times.

    -Hopefully unbiased anon...

    June 4, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  22. Dave

    I'm sure that Republican leaders already know, but this was a game-changing mistake. Now there is without a shadow of a doubt, an obviously biased, partisan prosecutor drumming in Congress stirring up politicized investigations.

    This is going to backfire on the Republican party if leadership doesn't get a handle on Issa.

    June 4, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. Jack Dawson

    Hey, call a spade a spade. Carney is the best story teller in the country – he tells more tall tales and speaks more fiction than anyone in years. The amazing thing is that he keeps a straight face while he does it. The only other fabrication expert in his class is Holder. Not even Bobo can match those two.

    June 4, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  24. steve

    Thanks Snifit for posting that rejoinder. Nobody seems to care that much about the truth, it seems, particularly, CNN, if they let Issa rant and speculate with only partial information and half truths.

    June 4, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  25. Thomas

    Darrell Issa failed at making Obama a one term president !

    He Failed !

    Time to toss him under the bus.

    June 4, 2013 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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