This should be interesting. The Democrats are now releasing the full transcripts of the House hearings on the alleged IRS abuses. This means the emerging stories will compare assertions by Rep. Darrell Issa and the transcripts. If Issa was being candid, he has nothing to worry about. If he was not correctly characterizing the testimony, then his credibility will take a bit hit:

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have just released a full transcript of testimony from a key witness in the investigation of IRS targeting of conservatives — and it appears to confirm that the initial targeting did originate with a low-level employee in the Cincinnati office.

It also shows a key witness and IRS screening manager – a self described conservative Republican — denying any communication with the White House or senior IRS officials about the targeting.

The ranking Dem on the committee, Elijah Cummings, has promised that the account provided by the witness — the IRS manager in Cincinnati who supervised the screeners of applications for tax exempt status, the self-described conservative Republican — would undercut Committee chairman Darrell Issa’s suggestion that the decision to target conservative groups had originated in Washington.
Cummings released the full transcript today in two parts, making it initially available to a select group of reporters, with redactions of names of individuals, and accompanied it with a letter to Issa explaining his decision, in which Cummings concludes that the transcript “debunks conspiracy theories about how the IRS first started reviewing these cases.”

This comes after Cummings had previously insisted Issa release the full transcript himself, arguing it would show that the Republican chairman’s claims of White House involvement are false, and that Issa’s own selective release of testimony was misleading the public. Issa refused, insisting that releasing full transcripts would damage the investigation. Cummings then asked Issa to detail what specifically in the transcript would do this, and demanded an answer by yesterday. According to Cummings’ letter, Issa has yet to reply — hence the decision to go forward with the release today.

Should be interesting.

JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
Leave a replyComments (8)
  1. Jim Satterfield June 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Issa has credibility? Since when?

  2. dduck June 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Will this further tarnish Issa’s sterling appearance? You bet, and he deserves all the derision he will get if he put his thumb on the scales.

  3. DaGoat June 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Yep it’s difficult for Issa’s credibility to take a hit when it can’t get any lower.

  4. sheknows June 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I want to see and hear for MONTHS about this attempt by the Republicans to accuse the WH of wrong doing, and how it showed them in their true light.

    My guess is this whole orchestrated imaginary scandal will just quietly disappear once it becomes evident that Issa was just a “paid liar”..Oooops.

    This story has consumed the media and our attention and cast SERIOUS aspersions on the Obama administration. This is one the Reps should not be allowed to get away with without dragging THEM through the mud for a few months.

  5. DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist June 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    This is what is called “Transparency”. Thank you, Mr. Cummings