In an exclusive interview on “State of the Union,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) told us that his committee’s interviews with IRS staffers in Cincinnati suggest that the Obama administration ordered the targeting of conservative groups. Issa’s committee provided us with partial transcripts of the interviews. Issa blasted White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, as a “paid liar” over his handling of the controversy. Issa’s committee will hold a hearing on Thursday looking at excessive spending at the tax collecting agency.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) weighed in on a new study that says 25% of all families are led by a single mom, and 44% of those have never been married. Ros-Lehtinen warned, “these kinds of statistics should be a wakeup call for our GOP, because we need to be talking about the issues that are more representative of America.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Chairman House Oversight Committee) on IRS targeting of conservative groups
“…as late as last week the administration's still trying to say there's a few rogue agents in Cincinnati when in fact the indication is they were directly being ordered from Washington.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Chairman House Oversight Committee) on Jay Carney
“[The administration’s] paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind (points to photo of Jay Carney), he's still making up things about what happens in calling this local rogue. …the reason Lois Lerner tried to take the fifth is not because there is a rogue in Cincinnati, it's because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we're getting to proving it.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Chairman House Oversight Committee) on Attorney General Eric Holder
“By the American people's standard, you don't sign a warrant and then pretend you wouldn't know about it, it wouldn't come to you. One of the things about perjury, this is the attorney general. Don't use perjury lightly. Perjury is a criminal charge that has to be proven. But certainly it's hard to have confidence in what this attorney general says or his people say when so often it turns out not to be true.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D–MI) on a pew study looking at women and the economy
“…this is very, very clear that it's an economic issue. And still today, 77 cents on every dollar is what on average women are making. And when you look at the women that are primary caregiver because they have to be, or are working because they have to, this is an economic issue for the country.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on immigration reform
“…that Senate bill is not going to move in the House. I think the speaker has made it clear that we will have our own work product. He favors a piecemeal approach, maybe have the dreamers bill which affects young people, maybe have an e-verify system which impacts employers making sure they don't hire folks that are undocumented. I don't know if we'll have comprehensive reform or we will have it piece by piece, but that Senate bill may not even pass the Senate itself.”