Issa's Nazi-like behavior
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
March 07, 2014 01:40 PM | 1120 views | 10 10 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I just read Erik Larson's remarkable book, "In the Garden of Beasts." Through contemporary letters and other sources, it chronicles the experiences of American Ambassador William Dodd and his family in Nazi Germany from 1933-1937, as Hitler tightened his grip on the German people.

While Dodd looked on helplessly, Hitler ruthlessly silenced all opposing political voices, passing laws forbidding opposition newspapers, for example, and imprisoning, torturing and killing those who spoke out against him.

Thankfully, Hitler and his hideous regime were crushed. Today in America we rejoice that our robust democracy thrives, opposition voices are always heard, and differing opinions considered.

Unless you are Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, that is.

After acknowledging his year-long, multi-million dollar, partisan "investigation" into the IRS had reached its predictable dead end, Issa hastily adjourned his House Oversight Committee hearing on March 5.

But Democratic committee member Rep. Elijay Cummings had an important question about Issa's management of the investigation: why did the chairman supply evidence to Fox News Sunday but refuse to give the same evidence to Cummings and the rest of the House committee after it was requested?

In a shocking scene reminiscent of the1934 Reichstag, Issa shut off Cummings' microphone, dismissed Republicans members and left the hearing. His mike turned off, Cummings expressed his outrage at Issa and the way he wiped his feed on the democratic process. You can watched the entire travesty here:

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/issa-shuts-down-his-own-irs-hearing 

Thanks to a transcript of Cummings' remarks posted on-line, the following is what Issa didn't want Americans to hear:

"(When Issa appeared on Fox News Sunday he) claim(ed) that (IRS official Lois) Lerner was quote, at the center of this effort to, quote, target conservative groups. Although he provided a copy of his report to Fox. He refused my request to provide it to the members of the committee.

"He cannot support these claims," Cummings continued. "We have now interviewed 38 employees, who have all told us the same thing. That the White House did not direct this or even know about it at the time it was occurring. And none of the witnesses have provided any political motivation. The (IRS) Inspector General, Russell George, told us the same thing. He found no evidence of any White House involvement, or political motivation."

Like Hitler, political retribution and hiding his lies are more important to Issa than the truth. I'm sure if Issa had his way, the Gestapo would have picked up Cummings on his way home.

Millions of Americans have given their lives defending our democratic principles. We don't shut off microphones when when a duly elected representative of the American people wants answers or wishes to make a statement on behalf of his or her constituents.

Of all the low points for Republicans over the last five years - and there have been too many to count - this may be lowest.

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CobbCoGuy
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March 23, 2014
Your argument doesn't hold water, KF.

If Lerner were to testify, and she told the truth, and the truth was corroborated, and the truth disclosed no wrong-doing or criminal activity, then those threats would evaporate.

Got anything else?
CobbCoGuy
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March 20, 2014
Lib,

The anger in your March 19 comment only demonstrates the weakness of your position and inability to respond to my question.

Relax, breathe in, breathe out. Grab a paper bag, if necessary. I fear you're about to hyperventilate.

Yes, it is her right. We already established that.

Yes, her attorney advised her. We already established that, also.

So, why?
Kevin Foley
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March 20, 2014
Lerner pleaded the Fifth because she received vicious death threats from tea party whack jobs and didn't want to make another public appearance out of fear for her life. He lawyer offered Issa a private deposition, but he wanted a show trial.

More on this travesty Friday.
Bob Johnson
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March 20, 2014
If she did nothing wrong or illegal then why won't she tell the truth. Who or what is she hiding? I believe the 5th protects us from incriminating ones self not from abuse of the gov't's authority
Lib in Cobb
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March 19, 2014
@Cobb Guy: She pleaded the fifth because she has that right, granted to her by our founding fathers. Some of the world's biggest scum bags have also used that right. You are not complaining about any of them are you? It seems you are looking for her head on a stick so that Issa looks less like a moron and you look less like a moron for supporting him and his embarrassing investigation.

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi has become back page news, people died and that is a loss. This IRS investigation and Issa will also be on the very last page and it can't be too soon for us, but not for you.
CobbCoGuy
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March 17, 2014
Good work, Lib. You're the only one with the brass to come on here and actually discuss an issue.

I see what you're saying, but the obvious follow-on is why did counsel advise her to do this?

If this entire escapade is a sham, and she tells the truth, what does she have to fear?

Gubmint abuse? Tell us how that would work. She testifies truthfully, her testimony discloses nothing criminal, her story is corroborated, then...what?
Lib in Cobb
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March 17, 2014
@Cobb Guy: Lerner took the fifth on the advice of counsel. It is her right. The fifth amendment protects us from abuse of government authority. Remember The Bill of Rights?
Mike H
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March 14, 2014
Oliver North and many other Republicans have been given immunity from prosecution to get their testimony.

Rep. Issa could do the same but he is not looking to get the truth. He already knows what the truth is. Issa wants to milk this farce of an investigation as long as he can.

It keeps the Republican base all excited.
CobbCoGuy
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March 14, 2014
I agree. Issa should not have cut the mike.

Nevertheless, the question still stands: if this is a phony scandal, why did Lerner take the Fifth?
Lib in Cobb
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March 08, 2014
This could very well be the lowest of the low points by the lowest common denominator of the GPO since the election of George.
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