The IRS broke the law and violated the 1st and 4th Amendments to the Constitution. They and their co-conspirators in the Democratic Party and the DOJ continue to lie, spin, cover up, and refuse to cooperate with Congressional investigators.
A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa’s staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder.
The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes the call was intended to be made to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cumming’s staff, the ranking member on the oversight panel, the letter said.
According to the letter, Fallon – who is not named in the letter but confirmed he made the call – asked if the aides could release the IRS scandal documents to “selected reporters” to give Fallon an “opportunity to comment publicly on it.”
“Selective reporters”, like the toadies at MSNBC who will say just about anything Obama wants. Nothing like being in the political sack with with your media hacks.
Fallon explained to Issa aides that the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs had not permitted him to release the documents to the public and he wanted to get ahead of the story “before the Majority” – meaning Issa – could share it, according to the letter.
Issa aides – who had placed the call on speakerphone – were “caught off guard by the unusual nature of the call and the odd request” and asked Fallon to “e-mail the material for evaluation.”
“At this point,” Fallon “abruptly placed the call on hold for approximately three minutes.” When Fallon returned to the call, “he was audibly shaken. He immediately stated that there was a ‘change in plans’ and that there would be no effort” by DOJ to release the material early.
Fallon “proceeded to pitch the idea that the Department and the Committee should ‘help one another’ while simultaneously saying that ‘you need to say what you need to say.’”
Translation: Demturds on the Committee need to be on the same meme.
In the letter, Issa told Holder the phone call suggests ongoing coordination between DOJ aides and Cummings’ staff to undermine oversight committee investigations.
Fallon’s “efforts to prejudice the Committee’s oversight work demands examination,” Issa wrote.
Fallon, however, said in a written statement that nothing untoward occurred.
Nothing to see here, move along…
“There is nothing inappropriate about department staff having conversations with both the majority and minority staff as they prepare responses to formal inquiries. That includes conversations between the spokespeople for the Department and the committee,” Fallon said.
Other than confirming he made the phone call in question, Fallon did not respond to any of the details of what took place during the call.
The letter referred to a “subsequent explanation” from Fallon that “he simply called to improve the Office of Public Affairs’ working relationship with the Committee” but said the explanation “is inconsistent with statements and requests he made before he placed the call on hold.”
……Issa said he is “disturbed” by the “apparently longstanding collaboration between the Obama administration and Ranking Member Cummings’ staff to obfuscate and prejudice the Committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”
Ya think? Hell, Lois Lerner already did just that when she broke the law by feeding information about True The Vote to Cummings and his staff.
Now comes a whole new round of lies and spinning to explain just what Fallon was doing placing a call like that to begin with.
Okay, Issa. The fucking ball is in your court. You’ve got a lot of ammo to use for prosecution, in spite of the IRS obstruction of justice. Put up or shut up.