Issa accuses IRS of obstruction, warns of consequences
July 30th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
12 months ago

Issa accuses IRS of obstruction, warns of consequences

Washington (CNN) – The Republican congressman spearheading a House probe into alleged Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative political groups accused the head of the IRS Tuesday of obstructing his panel's investigation.

California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, warned acting IRS chief Daniel Werfel that if "the IRS continues to hinder the committee's investigation in any manner, the committee will be forced to consider use of compulsory process."

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Issa did not elaborate on exactly what steps his panel's Republican majority may be prepared to take ..."

    Issa's "TO DO" list" for next 15 months:

    1. Run to any T.V. outlet that will interview him.
    2. Complain, whine, moan, and finger point.

    Repeat ad nauseum.

    July 30, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Issa needs to be relieved of his chairmanship. This witch hunt is going no where and is just a waste of tax payer dollars all so that he can try and score political cheap shots while not be transparent in his investigation.

    July 30, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    'I'll turn all of you into a glob of jellyfish" !!

    July 30, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Keep overreaching, Mr. Issa. You are asking the IRS to prove a negative, that such and such did not occur. You are making a mockery of your party and the justice system by demanding that someone prove their innocence.

    July 30, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. rs

    Issa accuses an individual, who wasn't in charge of the agency, when Issa's manufactured conspiracy went down of obstruction.

    What can we say? Issa and Republicans are excperts at obstruction. They must know what they are talking about? Right?

    Issa- another reason the GOP can look to keep on losing elections.

    July 30, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Love this guy! Keep it up, Issa... Obama's just trying to run out the clock.

    July 30, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Translation: "We haven't proven our accusations to be true and, in fact, a whole bunch of inconvenient evidence came out that is contrary to our accusations, so it's time for Plan B...accusing everyone of a cover up."

    Yawn. That they've moved on to this act of their investigative circus is proof that it's dead in the water and going nowhere. At this point, they're just milking it for what they can get in terms of enraging the base. And here's a big fat hint, Teatrolls: Failure to prove your accusations and conspiracy theories is not evidence that there was a conspiracy to cover it all up. There's no elephants in that strawberry patch.

    July 30, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Love this guy! Keep it up, Issa... Obama's just trying to run out the clock.
    -----------------------
    Run out the clock? What clock? Do you mean the ones hanging on the wall behind right wing media pundits?

    Want to know what I think? I think the President is employing the same old strategy of "rope a dope" again. It has been a recurring and successful theme for dealing with Republicans. It's a tactic that is pretty effective against schoolyard bullies. Let them think you are less than what you are, and then give the appearance of giving them what they want.

    It makes the bullies predictable and you can easily counter act whatever threat they are trying to pull off. In this case, the President is giving the Republicans a tax cut, which is exactly what he offered a couple of years ago at Christmas time. Back then, it was a middle class tax cut, which left Republicans torn between voting against a tax cut or giving the President what he wants. It's the same old trick, but a new day. Republicans don't want to vote against a tax cut because it would spoil the bona fides with people like Grover Norquist.

    July 30, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    That's to be expected.

    July 30, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "House GOP leaders have indicated they intend to keep publicly pressing on the issue this week, voting on a proposal to prevent the IRS from implementing or enforcing any provisions in the president's health care reform law."

    Asked for comment, Speaker Boehner said, "well, we've got nothing else to do."

    July 30, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Evergreen

    Maybe Issa should save time by just telling the IRS what he wants them say. Apparently he is not interested in the truth.

    July 30, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Bill

    Ok, Bub. What a loser.

    July 30, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Boo

    Is this moron still beating this dead horse? UNBELIEVABLE!

    July 30, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    This guy is a crazy idiot that talks no sense.

    July 30, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. kayla

    aynthing not focus on his own job, whatever that is.

    July 30, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Just a waste of money the Democrats are the ones who caused the economy to crash under Bush the Republicans asked the Democrat Congress to Reform the housing market and the Rats refused and let Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac to Colapse and Crash the Economy."

    What part of Fanny and Freedie not being able to make the subprime mortgages that caused the market crash after Wall Street played with them don't you understand? They were 'subprime" precisely because they didn't meet the regulatory requirements that Fanny and Freddie's loans must meet. They both pretty much dropped out of the scene at the height of the bubble, not only because of that fact but also because the GOP congress had restrained their ability to make loans due to accounting scandals that were being investigated. The loans that blew up the economy were made in the private sector. That's FACT. The numbers don't lie.

    July 30, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    What else do you expect from Issa? He'll never be anything more than a petty thief ... this time it's just time and taxpayer dollars.

    July 30, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |