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Darell Issa Is A Lying Liar Telling Lies

June 13, 2013

There's a sucker born every minute, I tells ya!Note: I am not a high-ranking United States elected official, so unlike Darrell Issa referring to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, it is perfectly fine for me to blatantly call Darrell Issa a liar. 

It hasn’t even been two weeks since Rep. Darrell Issa (R – Lying Liartown) got Washington tongues awagging by going on CNN’s “State of the Nation” and telling Candy Crowley that White Press Secretary Jay Carney is a “paid liar” who is not being truthful about the IRS scandal. For one thing, it’s just not done. And, for another, given Issa’s checkered history with the truth, it took some cojones.

While the “paid liar” line was notable in a gossipy DC way, the more significant portion of the interview came when Crowley questioned Issa’s use of cherry-picked transcripts to support his contention that the order to “target conservatives” came from the White House. She first noted, and got him to admit, that what had been released thus far was definitely not a smoking gun to bolster his claim. But don’t worry, said Issa, the proof is there and “these transcripts will all be made public.” Then you’ll all see what lying liars there are in the White House!

Naturally, some of us have started to wonder where those transcripts are and why they haven’t been forth-coming. So when Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, appeared this week on Crowley’s show claiming that the case is closed and citing portions of those same as-yet-unreleased transcripts, she was understandably skeptical. When will we see these transcripts? To which Cummings responded that if Issa doesn’t release the full transcripts within the week, he will do so himself.

Well, yee-haw! We might just get to the bottom of this. But wait.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said it would be “reckless” to release full transcripts of interviews with IRS staffers, after the panel’s top Democrat threatened to do so this week. [The Hill]

So when Darrell Issa promises to do something it’s just words, not to be taken seriously (are you listening CA-49 constituents?) And, of course, if a Democrat vows to fulfill that same promise that’s just reckless! Or, if you prefer the translation: Darrell Issa went on national television with a story he wants to be true but can’t prove, so he made things up and promised evidence that doesn’t exist and will never be produced — and he just got called on his bullshit, for all the good that will do any of us.

To be fair, Issa came up with what he apparently believes to be a plausible rationale:

The California Republican also said he feared a full account would tip off involved parties to investigators’ moves.

“The transcript could be used by future witnesses and their attorneys to prepare answers to likely questions, and to devise testimony consistent with the narrative that previous witnesses presented to Committee investigators,” the Oversight chairman said. [The Hill]

Got that? Releasing partial, cherry-picked excerpts from transcripts is good, but releasing the full transcripts would be tipping his hand. (Or so we are to believe.) Poppycock, I say. But even were I to credit this explanation, what are we to make of Issa’s previous promise of full disclosure? Perhaps Cummings puts it best:

“Chairman Issa changes his mind so fast that even when I agree him, we’re not on the same page,” Cummings said. “I fully support responsible oversight, but cherry picking transcript excerpts to fuel partisan and unsubstantiated claims is not a credible or effective way to investigate.”

And the Darrell Issa Circus of Fail plays on…

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  1. fidlerten permalink
    June 15, 2013 7:11 pm

    Cassandra, you’ve said it quite well. Darrell Issa has been an enemy of this president from the beginning and he has been on a witch hunt, investigating Obama and his White House ever since.

    The president has done nothing to warrant such hatred from so many people, except for being black. I hope Issa’s words and actions will cause him and his party to lose credibility with the American people come Election Day.

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