Issa: Back-up records of Lerner’s emails may exist
July 21st, 2014
08:00 PM ET
2 months ago

Issa: Back-up records of Lerner’s emails may exist

(CNN) – Copies of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails that were deemed unrecoverable might actually be retrievable, an IRS lawyer appeared to indicate in a recent testimony, according to House Republicans.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, selectively released information Monday about a closed session the committee held with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane last week.

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Filed under: Congress • Darrell Issa • IRS
July 17th, 2014
02:13 PM ET
2 months ago

Cummings: Issa needs to stop playing 'political theater'

Updated 2:47 p.m. ET, 7/17/2014

(CNN)–House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a Republican, and the panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, have clashed repeatedly.

And now they're at it again.

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July 16th, 2014
04:01 PM ET
2 months ago

GOP releases audio, says it shows Obama Cabinet member broke law

Washington (CNN) – Ramping up his investigation of the White House and whether it illegally used government staff for political purposes, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa released audio of a 2012 voicemail message that his office says depicts then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking an employee working for her to contribute money and recruit others to attend a fundraiser for the pro-Obama Organizing For America.

In a release, the committee called the phone message a clear violation of the Hatch Act, which limits political activity for government officials.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Obama administration
White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director
July 15th, 2014
04:49 PM ET
2 months ago

White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director

Washington (CNN) - Few Americans know the name David Simas. But the White House political adviser has become the latest flashpoint in the continuing battles between the White House and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

Late last week, Simas was subpoenaed by Issa's committee to testify about his duties as the White House Director of Political Strategy. Issa is demanding to know whether Simas' activities are in violation of the Hatch Act, which bars most federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • David Simas • President Obama • White House
June 29th, 2014
11:22 AM ET
3 months ago

Issa: 'We'll probably never know' what happened to Lerner's hard drive

(CNN) – Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday the committee he chairs will "probably never know" if a computer crash that destroyed sought-after e-mails was a deliberate act to cover up wrongdoing at the IRS.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, the California Republican said that though the hard drive belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner is “physically gone,” there's evidence that she was in violation of some agency regulations and laws.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • TV-State of the Union
June 29th, 2014
10:28 AM ET
3 months ago

Lerner attorney: Client vilified by GOP out of convenience

(CNN) - The attorney for embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday that Republicans are denigrating an innocent woman for purely political purposes.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, attorney William Taylor said it's "convenient" for the GOP to suggest that Lerner's computer crash, which destroyed documents sought by a House Committee, means something "nefarious" was going on.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • TV-State of the Union
Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too
June 26th, 2014
02:24 AM ET
3 months ago

Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too

WASHINGTON (CNN) – One day after focusing on lost e-mails at the IRS, the House Oversight Committee learned Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency is also having trouble recovering e-mails the committee wants as part of a separate investigation.

McCarthy: "There is a challenge"     

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Republican-led committee that the agency cannot access some e-mails belonging to a biologist who worked on a controversial mining project assessment. It is a hard drive problem, but McCarthy was careful to not call it a "hard drive crash" or destroyed hard drive.      FULL POST


Filed under: Darrell Issa • EPA • Gina McCarthy
Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records
June 25th, 2014
06:04 PM ET
3 months ago

Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records

Washington (CNN) - Expanding his IRS investigation by more than two decades, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, has sent a subpoena to the Federal Elections Commission for all communications involving former IRS administrator Lois Lerner from January 1, 1986 to the present day.

This new search is the broadest-yet for records in a year-long investigation by Issa and congressional Republicans, who are trying to assess why the agency targeted tea party and other political groups for extra scrutiny.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • FEC • IRS
June 16th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
3 months ago

White House: Lerner emails lost in computer crash

(CNN) – A top White House official blamed a computer crash for the disappearance of emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, echoing the explanation the agency gave Congress last week for the two years' worth of missing subpoenaed correspondence.

"I think it's entirely reasonable. And it's fact," incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • Josh Earnest
IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash
June 14th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
3 months ago

IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers are slamming the Internal Revenue Service, with one calling for an immediate investigation, after the agency notified Congress Friday that it was unable to recover former official Lois Lerner’s e-mails from January 2009 to April 2011 because of a computer crash.

The agency made the disclosure in a letter sent to Congressional investigators Friday afternoon, according a statement from Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-Louisiana.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Dave Camp • IRS • Orrin Hatch • Ron Wyden
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