On the June 9 “State of the Union” TV program, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., declared:
“Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved,” reported the Washington Times. “if it were me, I’d wrap this case up and move on.”
Think about that.
The IRS’ scandalous smearing of conservatives is now over, solved, passed by and now a-OK – according to this prophet’s namesake in the House of Representative’s minority.
That, quite understandably, led to a strong reaction from the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.:
“I strongly disagree with Ranking Member Cummings’ assertion that we know everything that we need to know about inappropriate targeting of tea-party groups by the IRS and the case is in his word, ‘solved,’” Issa declared in a statement released to the media.
And Chairman Issa went on to note of the Maryland congressman:
“His extreme and reckless assertions are a signal that his true motivation is stopping needed congressional oversight. And he has no genuine interest in working, on a bipartisan basis, to expose the full truth.
“The American public wants to know why targeting occurred and who was involved. The testimony excerpts Ranking Member Cummings revealed today did not provide anything enlightening or contradictory of other witness accounts.
“The only thing Ranking Member Cummings left clear in his comments today is that if it were up to him the investigation would be closed. Fortunately, the decision to close the investigation is not his to make. Both House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and I are committed to leading a fact-based investigation that fully exposes all relevant facts about IRS efforts to target Americans for their political beliefs.”
This was a simply outrageous attempt by this Maryland congressman to put a whitewash end to one of the most outrageous scandals of our time.
Thoughtful citizens of Maryland will be grateful to those Californians who elected Rep. Issa. And they will hope that in next year’s House elections, Marylanders will vote Rep. Cummings into retirement.