'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. TKO

    The GOP has been calling Obama a liar since before day one, since before he had an opportunity to lie. Why does this surprise anyone?

    June 4, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  2. andi lee

    Shouldn't Senator McCain be more concerned whether he violated the "Logan Act" recently, rather than Senator Issa's lack of political correctness? By now, every American is aware that President Obama and his cabinet has no intention of fullfilling his promise of transparency in government. Jay has to talk out of both sides of his mouth just to keep up!

    June 4, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  3. Larry L

    I now want every detail about Issas past criminal activity. He spoprts a list of potential crimes from auto theft, arson, embezelment, and burgulary. By all means lets let him serve on the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Always good to balance these committees with felons.

    June 4, 2013 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  4. cgs

    Holder has been caught lying. Why mince words? Call it what it is. Why is it such a hard word to say? Political correctness again?

    June 4, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof): Yes, you do indeed lack any Liberal sense: Liberals know how to actually THINK, unlike you sheeple on the right who swallow anything Issa says, being the intellectually lazy cowards you are.

    Cowardly = yeah, because none of you on the right have the stones to admit you're being lied to and manipulated over and over and over again. You'd rather spray and spit and throw a tantrum and do anything other than face up to the fact that your party has gone off the deep end, all in a desperate attempt to keep its base from noticing it's got NOTHING to offer our country except failed policies.

    If you spent half the time you spend convincing yourself that the GOPs lies are somehow true, spent half that time actually DOING something constructive to help our country, we'd all be better off.

    June 4, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  6. sid

    "In 1982, the office and factory of two companies Issa had purchased, Quantum Enterprises and Steal Stopper International, caught on fire. The insurance company’s investigation found “suspicious burn patterns” and company officials noted that in the month before the fire Issa had increased his insurance from $100,000 to $462,000."

    He settled out of court so I guess he's innocent.

    June 4, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

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

    I'm sure that's what he's planning – along with speaking engagements and consulting gigs. For a bunch of folks who claim they hate government, they sure as spend a lot of money getting elected and milk their government connections for all they're worth.

    June 4, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  8. Iamnotfooled

    Issa's Bio on Wikipedia calls him a car thief, arsonist, insurance fraud (accused of burning his business because he raised the insurance three weeks before the fire up 360+ % ) a swindler, swindled his business partner out of his business took over and made the partner an employee.
    ISSA is a Snake. Liar (unproven) is nothing compared to his record!

    June 4, 2013 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  9. Iamnotfooled

    Issa is a paid "SERIAL" investigator for the Republican GOP House because they have NO clue how to govern, so they don't have to work on the economy by creating all of these so called scandals. Useless. Americans deserve better.

    June 4, 2013 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  10. Hillcrester

    Issa is a felon who used his ill-gotten wealth to buy a House seat. He is an embarrassment to the GOP.

    June 4, 2013 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  11. Lizard Lance

    The Republicans perfected the art of lying during the G.W. Bush years. They know all about lying and sending thousands of Americans to their death in a bogus war that aided Dick Cheney's company. Republicans, Issa, Graham, and McCain should all shut up.

    June 4, 2013 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  12. Chris

    This guy carney blatantly sidetracks and spins around questions It's obvious the guy is a liar and has told many lies.
    It's doesn't take a genius to see that.
    Even a child could understand this guy is a pathological liar.

    June 4, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  13. freedom

    Great, beside oreally, hanitty, and corolla, Murdoch has found a new hired terrorist in Issa, god bless the for sale united states of America.

    June 4, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  14. Redspotz

    Executive branch flacks accuse Issa of auto theft (his brother was an auto thief) and arson (cause of fire undetermined, a not uncommon outcome); however they now accuse Issa of "making it personal"? Wow!

    June 4, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  15. Siesta Beach

    Issa and his friends are all lazy big mouth blow hards. Politicians are the laziest group on this planet. They should get paid only if they actually did something other than run their big fat mouths off. Our democratic system has become a joke ever since Bush stole the election from Gore.

    June 4, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  16. Donaldbain

    There is no end to Republican's shame. The constant attempts to re-fight the last election, their stunned disbelief that a black man beat, not one, but two of their candidates for the presidency. The clinging to wild conspiracy theories and pathetic, feeble name calling in pursuit of something, anything to stick it to Obama. Well guess what? The IRS was right to closely examine all of these groups applications for tax-free status. Just like churches, they want free admission to determine the course of democracy and people to work for no pay. There is no real scandal here, it is trumped up nonsense being blown out of proportion by a bloated gasbag. It had no effect on the ass-whipping Obama put on Romney and claims to the contrary are entirely imaginary. How about attending to the real business of the USA instead of trying to score points with your base and making hay for partisan hacks?

    June 4, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  17. Jerry

    Jay Carney is paid to keep the heat off the President so if he has to lie to do it he will.....

    June 4, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  18. Nick

    By all means, let's not use a word like liar. Thief. Moocher. Looter. .... Now THOSE are some powerful words.

    June 4, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  19. waheid

    For a professional politician like Issa to call someone else a liar is a real hoot! Is there, anywhere in this country, an elected politician who has not lied over and over again?

    June 4, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  20. Grumpy2012


    Republicans disavow name calling.

    Standard procedure for Democrats.

    June 4, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  21. ronvan

    WHY? Is it that WE, the people, could not investigate these matters? Select a group, no political aspirations or goals, many have held top secret clearance's, and let them investigate! For these "elected children" and ANY company to investigate themselves is a joke! Bet you would see ALL party members screaming NO!

    June 4, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  22. rla

    ALL of DC fits this catagory- They just call it spin in our PC world. The people on this blog who do not understand this are the low information voters that keep electing these benders of truth.

    June 4, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  23. seanster5977

    Only for the mindless liberal is it a step too far. Carney is a liar. He lied for months on Benghazi and that is recorded, and now he is shown to again lie openly and change the White House timeline as each piece of new information leaks out on all of the other scandals.

    June 4, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  24. Siestasis

    This from a man who has sailed so close to the edge of felonies that he has burn marks. I have no respect for a politician, no matter what their party, that resorts to name calling. My father always said "it takes one to know one" or as my Psych prof said "that is called projecting" where you project your personality defects onto others. He would be well advised to stick to the facts and quit grandstanding.

    June 4, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  25. jogene

    Can't we all just stop the name calling and get to the bottom of the crimes at the IRS. Yes, crimes. So far, the answers that I have heard coming out of the IRS and the Administration smell to high heaven.

    June 4, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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