BREAKING: Issa Subpoenas Eric Holder for IRS Documents

BREAKING: Issa Subpoenas Eric Holder for IRS Documents

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We have seen nothing but lies from the Obama White House regarding the IRS targeting of conservative groups. This use of tax agents of pursue political ends is reprehensible, and those responsible have attempted to evade the consequences of their actions.

We have already seen Lois Lerner’s refusal to testify before a House Committee, leading to her being found in contempt of Congress. Now, agents in the DOJ are refusing to cooperate with Rep. Darrell Issa’s investigation.

So, Rep. Issa issued a subpoena for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for its records.

Via Tea Party Network News:

“On Tuesday, Darrell Issa revealed that he has subpoenaed the Department of Justice for records that the House Select Committee requested regarding the IRS targeting, harassment, and intimidation of the Tea Party, on April 23, 2014 that have yet to be provided.”

Issa used Twitter to announce his subpoenas.

The reason for this subpoena surrounds both the refusal to provide certain documents and the refusal of a DOJ official (Richard Pilger, the Director of the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch) to answer certain questions.

As the the House Oversight Committee’s website states:

“In addition to the Department [of Justice’s] failure to produce documents, the Department obstructed the Committee’s oversight work during its transcribed interview of Mr. Pilger.  During the interview, a Justice Department lawyer directed Mr. Pilger to not answer questions posed by Committee staff an astounding 34 times.”

[…]

“The Department’s refusal to allow Mr. Pilger to testify about matters highly relevant to the Committee’s investigation unnecessarily delays and frustrates the Committee’s Constitutional oversight obligations.  The Department’s obstruction in this regard, coupled with its failure to produce any relevant material to date, leads the Committee to conclude the Department is not seriously committed to cooperating with the Committee’s investigation on the Committee’s terms.”

In summary, the refusal to cooperate with document requests and interviews led to the subpoenas (a wholly reasonable move).

We should not be surprised by Eric Holder and the Department of Justice’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation. They are hiding information, and we deserve to know the truth.

Holder and the DOJ must be required to comply with these subpoenas or else face contempt charges. That is the only way we will get to the truth.

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