Elijah Cummings Colluded with IRS Lois Lerner to Harass Conservative Groups
Cummings sics Lerner on conservative org. Lerner gets caught. Cummings grandstands while Lerner takes 5th. "Oversight" my ass.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 9, 2014
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the panel’s top Democrat of prompting the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to target a conservative organization applying for non-profit status.
Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.
The timing and nature of information requests the IRS and Cummings’ office sent to True the Vote strongly suggests that the congressman was working with Lois Lerner’s office to target the voter fraud prevention group. True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht filed a formal ethics complaint against Cummings earlier this year for unjustly targeting True the Vote.
Now these recently released emails indicate that Cummings was working with Lois Lerner, the former IRS director of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, who has repeatedly invoked her 5th amendment right not to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings is currently the ranking Democrat on that committee.
Cummings denies any wrongdoing.
The emails also revealed Lois Lerner had “joked” about going to work for Organizing for Action (formerly Obama for America).
Cummings is not the only Maryland Democrat to have worked with Lois Lerner to target his political opposition. In 2008 as head of the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, Congressman Chris Van Hollen wrote to Ms. Lerner to encourage her to investigate organizations advertising against Democratic candidates. True to his rigid partisan tendencies, Van Hollen has dismissed investigation into the IRS scandal as a “kangaroo court.”
It has only been a few months since President Obama assured the nation that there wasn’t even a “smidgen of corruption” involved with the IRS scandal. (Of course, he also said that if you liked your healthcare plane you could keep it and you’ve seen how that turned out.) For some reason, the Democrat party seems hellbent on using any means necessary to thwart private citizens shining a light on Washington corruption.
If Elijah Cummings had a smidgen of integrity he would resign or at least step down from his committee position.